This delicious Vietnamese layer cake resembles the look of the pig skin, the name “Bánh Da Lợn” comes after that, literally translated as “pig skin cake”. This Vietnamese steamed layer cake is made from tapioca starch, rice flour, mashed mung beans, coconut milk, and sugar with pandan and vanilla flavors. It is sweet and gelatinously [...]

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Chả Lụa, Vietnamese Pork Sausage, is also called Pork Pâté. Although it is similar to the French idea of pâté, it contains no cognac or herbs and is more delicate in flavor and texture. To increase the fragrance, it is wrapped in banana leaves and steamed until cooked. It is excellent served sliced in Vietnamese [...]

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This is a great side dish to eat with rice that won’t get you bored easily. The savory butter tender flesh of the smoky eggplant is sweetened with dipping fish sauce and covered with fragrant scallion oil and fried shallots, it makes a real gem of the dish. To accelerate the cooking time of the [...]

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Strong tangy, spicy, sweet and sour tarmarind sauce, this dish is among one of the favorites from the south. Recipe for Prawns in Sweet and Spicy Tamarind Sauce – Tôm Rang Me: Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs large shrimp, peeled and deveined 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp sesame oil 1/2 tsp pepper 2 cloves garlic, minced [...]

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Lena on February 10th, 2011

This is a classic southern Vietnamese “kho” dish. “Kho” is a type of dish that is braised in a thick, mildly sweet reddish-brown-colored sauce containing caramelized sugar and fish sauce. Catfish steaks are simmering in the sauce for an hours, absorbing a deep savory flavor tinged with sweetness. For a great result, buy a whole [...]

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Lena on February 3rd, 2011

Cassava is a shrubby, tropical, perennial plant that is not well known in the West. In Vietnam, cassava is used in a variety of food products, the same way potatoes are used in the U.S. They can be used as vegetables in dishes, grated to make pancakes, dried and ground into tapioca flour, or sliced [...]

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Lena on January 20th, 2011

One of the most popular dish from the South, this dish has an intense flavored of curry, lemongrass and the heat of chilies. It is usually served as a main dish over hot, steamed jasmine rice. Lemongrass and Chili Chicken – Gà Xào Xả ớt Recipe: Ingredients 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, well trimmed [...]

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With tamarind, pineapple, sugar and rice paddy herbs, this soup is very rich with contrast, and a signature Southern Vietnamese dish. It provides a sweet and sour edge; while bean sprouts, taro stems, okra and tomatoes offer some crunchy, spongy and soft textures. This soup is served over vermicelli round rice noodles or jasmine rice. Serves [...]

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