Vietnamese Food

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 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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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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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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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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Lena on June 27th, 2011

One of the quickest ways to whip up a delicious stirring sauce is using the plum sauce sold at the Asian store and mix it up with the soy sauce, then you have a base stir fry sauce. The sauce is delicious by itself for stir fry dishes, or you can use coconut oil instead [...]


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Lena on June 24th, 2011

Here in the US, we don’t have fresh jackfruit often, if we do happen to see them during the summer time at Vietnamese supermarkets, they are quite expensive. If you can use fresh jackfruit, it’s great, otherwise, you can substitute with canned jackfruit in syrup, it turns out great as well. Vietnamese smoothie often adds [...]


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