stacks of banh kep

Bánh Kẹp Recipe – Pandan Pizzelles

It’s a dirty trick ice cream shops use to churn out fresh waffle cones, luring unsuspecting passers by with the aroma. The smell is amazing and often makes me forget about the original reason for visiting the shop. This bánh kẹp lá dứa recipe from my beloved mom will let you fill your home with that same aroma and put…

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Bánh Mì Recipe – Vietnamese Sandwiches w/ Pork Belly

At long last! This bánh mì recipe is a follow up to the recipe I last posted, the Vietnamese pork belly recipe over two years ago (!!). I’m hoping the next recipe here won’t take another two years :). Originally designed as on-the-go street food, bánh mì is compact, portable and although I’m selling it pretty hard here it really is an affordable…

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sliced Vietnamese pork belly

Pork Belly Recipe for Bánh Mì (Vietnamese Sandwiches)

At Vietnamese sandwich shops, you’ll find a dizzying number of meat options like grilled chicken, grilled beef, sardines, and even some Chinese influenced options like xíu mại. However, with Vietnamese sandwiches, pork seems to be king–you’ll always see pork options like chả lụa (meat loaf), thịt nướng (grilled pork), nem nướng (ground & grilled pork), bì (shredded pork skin), and combinations…

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overhead view of prepared Vietnamese mango salad

Vietnamese Green Mango Salad with Shrimp (Gỏi Xoài)

Vietnamese mango salad (gỏi xoài) is a vibrant dish featuring green mangoes, shrimp, and is highlighted with fresh herbs like mint, thai basil and cilantro. It’s a mouth-watering combination of sweet, sour, salty with lots of contrasts in texture. Disclaimer: this is supposed to be a very simple salad. The one we’re making here has a bit of extras to make it fancier.…

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A cup of che chuoi ready to eat!

Vietnamese Banana, Coconut & Tapioca Dessert (Chè Chuối)

Chè chuối is a warm, Vietnamese pudding-like dessert featuring bananas and rich coconut cream. You can easily make this at home in less than an hour! Chè in Vietnamese, refers to sweet desserts which are liquid such as drinks, pudding, or even types of ‘soup.’ So chè chuối you could say is a type of pudding, made of coconut cream, tapioca pearls and bananas.…

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Bún Thang – Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Chicken, Pork, & Egg

What Is Bún Thang? My knowledge of the Vietnamese language is about on par with my grandma’s English, so this gives us lots of opportunities to learn from each other. She watches Viet news and Korean dramas which have a surprising amount of English in them. The latest term I explained to her was “poker face” hah! I asked her what bún thang means…

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overhead view of Viet green papaya salad with dressing

Vietnamese Papaya & Beef Jerky Salad – Gỏi Đu Đủ Khô Bò

This is an easy 3-ingredient papaya salad you can throw together in a few minutes. There’s t the cooking required, just easy prep so you can get to snacking. Green papaya and beef jerky salad is a light appetizer, a great choice for a snack or appetizer. My mom says she used to buy this from food carts in Vietnam. Students would swarm the food…

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Bánh Xèo – Savory Vietnamese Crêpes

Bánh xèo seems to be designed to be eaten as a family. The batter, filling ingredients, and veggies aren’t complicated to prepare, but they don’t make sense to be bought or made to be eaten by yourself. You don’t just buy 1/4 pound of pork, 8 shrimps, or buy 1/4 head of lettuce. You kind of have to bump the…

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bun bo hue soup

Bún Bò Huế Recipe – Spicy Beef & Pork Noodle Soup

Bún bò Huế is a hidden Vietnamese gem that has yet to “make it” in mainstream American cuisine. It’s a rich and spicy soup with deep layers of flavor. This Central Vietnamese soup is paired with tender slices of beef and pork, then topped with lots of fresh herbs. Phở has made its way in and has grown popular quickly, so why isn’t its equally spicy and…

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close up of fried onion rings

Onion Rings Recipe [Easy & Super Crispy]

Making onion rings at home is SUPER easy. It’s much more fool-proof than when I made sweet potato fries (<–Even though I eventually found a way!). I’ve been munching on a lot of onion rings lately and I blame it entirely on my girlfriend. Well…I do take some blame too, but they really are delicious. A crunchy, warm onion ring fried to a deep golden brown.…

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