Lena on June 8th, 2012

I love watching Luke cook. He’s really great at what he does. Let the favorite author, cooking show host, acclaimed owner and chef of the Sydney restaurant ‘The Red Lantern’ teach you how to make easy and delicous Char Grilled Pork Skewers. This recipe is great for spring rolls, noodle bowls, banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) [...]


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Kẹo Đậu Phộng – Sesame Peanut Candy, or Sesame Peanut Brittle is commonly found in every corner in Vietnam. Easy to make and fun, crispy, crunchy to eat, it’s a great treat for kids and adults to enjoy. Some Vietnamese like to roll it on top of rice crackers or rice paper, but I like [...]


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Lena on September 12th, 2011

Rang Muối – Salt and Pepper Seasoning is a common way to prepare seafood dishes in Vietnamese cuisine. You can use the same recipe below for other seafood, such as fish fillets (cá rang muối), crab (cua rang muối), lobster (tôm hùm rang muối), scallop (sò diệp rang muối), squid (mực rang muối), etc…Adjust the [...]


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Lena on August 26th, 2011

The way Vietnamese eat yogurt is different from what Westeners know: after incubating the yogurt, we actually freeze them in small jars, the same size as baby food jars. Many Vietnamese families here in the US do save the baby food jars and use them to store their homemade yogurt. It might be surprising for [...]


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Vietnamese enjoy strong coffee over condensed milk. Coffee shops are amlost every corner in Vietnam, and they have become the staple on how Vietnamese people socialize, from young to old, to meet with friends, coworkers, either one or in the group before work, afterwork, and evenings. They could spend hours everyday at the coffee shops, [...]


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Lena on August 8th, 2011

Nem Chua is one of significant Vietnamese appetizers that can’t be missed at special occasions such as engagement parties, wedding ceremonies and receptions. It also commonly served during Vietnamese New Year Tet, where relatives and friends gift each other rolls of nem chua wrapped nicely in banana leaves or plastic wrap. To make Nem Chua, [...]


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Sweet and Sour Pork Chop/Ribs or Sườn Xào Chua Ngọt is an adapted version from the popular dish originated in China and made its way into Vietnam via the Chinese influence in Vietnam. To make this dish, you can use baby back ribs or country style ribs, ask the butcher to cut them into strips [...]


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Lena on July 20th, 2011

Flan is a sweet custard dessert, in Vietnamese, we call it bánh flan or kem flan. The dish is eaten throughout the world. After chilling the flans, make sure to serve them within 24 hours while the flans are still fresh and have a crunch in them, otherwise the caramel will liquify. The recipe below [...]


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Lena on July 14th, 2011

Bánh Bao is a Chinese steamed bun dumpling, but we Vietnamese grow up and enjoy this dish very much. It is sold at Vietnamese market, Vietnamese fast food store, Chinese, Vietnamese restaurants, and virtually you can find it everywhere there is an Asian community. Simply, it’s convenient: you can eat it for breakfast, for snack, [...]


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Fried Glutinous Sticky Rice Dumpling is another version of the sticky rice dumplings. In this version, you enjoy a delicious soft, chewy, sticky dumpling sitting on the top of a crispy base. Top with some minced shrimp, pork, and fragrant scallion oil, dipping into the fish sauce, you have a really tasty and wonderful appetizer [...]


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