Lena on May 2nd, 2011

Hot and Sour Soup is probably the most beloved Chinese soup that is commonly served at any Chinese restaurant. In this version of the soup, chef Ken Hom uses bean thread noodles, however, I prefer to skip the noodles and replace them by bamboo shoot, thinly cut. One bamboo shoot would do for this recipe, [...]

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Bánh Canh is the staple of Vietnamese homemade noodle soup. To make sure its freshness, the noodles are home made from different ingredients: wheat flour, tapioca starch, rice flour or a mix of tapioca and rice flour. The flour, whether lightly marinated or not, is kneaded into a dough, pinching off and hand forming into [...]

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Continue reading about Savoring Vietnamese Homemade Noodle Soup – Bánh Canh Nam Phổ

Bitter Melon, as its name implies, it is bitter, tremendously so. However, any food that is tasting like that must have to be healthy and it is. When I was young, my parents always made the soup to accompany any fried dishes and asked us to eat. I didn’t appreciate the bitter melon back then [...]

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Continue reading about How to Make Bitter Melon Stuffed with Prawn Soup – Canh Khổ Qua/Mướp Đắng Nhồi Tôm

Spring is around the corner. Asparagus will soon be in season and nothing is a better use of fresh asparagus than making a homemade Vietnamese asparagus and crab soup called Súp Măng Tây Cua. Vietnamese prefer to use white asparagus for this soup, but green asparagus would do a nice job as well. With fresh homemade [...]

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At home, I don’t buy premade chicken broth in the cans, but I always make fresh chicken broth every time. Invest 1/2 of hour and let it simmer for 2-3 hours in the stove without your attention, the final soup is so much tastier, flavorful and fresh. I usually use chicken for anything that calls for broth, [...]

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Continue reading about How to Make Vietnamese Chicken Stock – Nước Dùng Gà

Curried chicken is one of the most popular dishes on Vietnamese table. Rich in flavor, with a blend of lemongrass, ginger and curry, and a touch of coconut juice, this is a wonderful dish to use simply as a stew. We also add in the stew some carrots, taro roots, potatoes, onions and button mushrooms. [...]

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Continue reading about Discover How Easily You Can Make Tasty Vietnamese Chicken Curry Stew – Cà Ri Gà

Lena on January 27th, 2011

Rice soup (Cháo) is the staple of Vietnamese diet. With less than 1/2 cup of rice and a plenty of broth, you can create a pot of soup that feeds a whole family. It’s also well known to Vietnamese for its magical cure to stomachache, sore thoat, fever or whenever you’re not feeling well. For richness, [...]

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Continue reading about Fish Rice Soup with Ginger and Onion – Cháo Cá

Lena on January 26th, 2011

Rice soup (Cháo) is the staple of Vietnamese diet. With less than 1/2 cup of rice and a plenty of broth, you can create a pot of soup that feeds a whole family. It’s also well known to Vietnamese for its magical cure to stomachache, sore thoat, fever or whenever you’re not feeling well. For [...]

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Continue reading about Beef Rice Soup and Ginger – Cháo Bò

For poached chicken, choose the best quality chicken available for this recipe. Vietnamese prefer ‘Gà đi bộ’ or organic chicken for this dish. Once the chicken is cooked, immersed it immediately in icy or running cold water. This is a unique method that Vietnamese appreciate: This produces a tight skin, makes the skin a bit [...]

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Continue reading about Poached Chicken with Kaffir Lime Leaves – Gà Luộc Lá Chanh

Lena on January 21st, 2011

Chicken rice soup, also called chicken congee or chicken porridge is commonly used to nurture sickly family members. This hot chicken soup in addition to onion slices and Vietnamese coriander is very light and easy on your stomach, and it’s a traditional way to help ease the fever, headache, and sorethroat. I always cook this [...]

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