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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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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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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When I was a young kid in Vietnam, this was my favorite snack during the school break. We kids didn’t have a lot of money, a warm crispy hollow bread was a wonderful treat that would made us really happy to enjoy. We sometimes happily broke it in half, three, or even quarters to share [...]

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Tapioca dumpling is also called clear roll cake or bánh bột lọc in Vietnamese, is one of beloved classic Hue dishes. The small dumplings are filled with shrimp and pork, topped with fragrant scallion oil and served with spicy lime fish sauce. There are two versions of this dish, one is called bánh bột lọc [...]

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Soft shell crabs are usually “blue crabs” that have recently molted their old shell and are still soft. You can buy them in the frozen section of the Asian markets. Soft shell crabs are excellent when fried, and this dish makes a great appertizer. You can serve this dish by itself, or can serve as [...]

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Korean Short Ribs are thinly cut beef short ribs. Because of its thinly cuts, when marinated overnight, the meat becomes very flavorful. Every Vietnamese grocery market usually carries Korean Short Ribs, if they are not available at the meat counter, you can ask the butcher to cut it for you, and they usually know what [...]

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Five Spice Powder is commonly used in Vietnamese and Chinese kitchen. It increases the flavor of the final dish. In this ingredient, we marinade twice. First with orange juice, then second with the marinade ingredients. It’s the secret of success: Tenderizing with orange juice. The orange juice has an enzyme that works as a natural [...]

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Gỏi Gà Xé Phay is a form of Vietnamese Chicken Salad tossed with water spinach spirals (rau muống), thinly sliced onion and Vietnamese coriander. You can substitue water spinach spirals with thinly sliced cabbage, but I prefer water spinach spirals in this salad due to its crunchiness and texture of the vegetable. You can buy spinach [...]

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