Bún Thịt Nướng Recipe (Vietnamese Grilled Pork & Rice Noodles)

This is love in a bowl. If you’ve had bún thịt nướng you know what I’m talking about. You have your sweet bits, sour bits, caramelization, some crunch, and aromatic herbs in a single, colorful arrangement. Depending in which restaurant you order your grilled pork with noodles (bún thịt nướng), you’ll find that it’s presented in different ways. For the…

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Vietnamese Pickled Mustard Greens – Dua Chua Recipe

One of the staples my mom and grandma kept in the kitchen was dưa chua, or pickled mustard greens. It was often served as a side dish for meals throughout the day. These pickled greens counter-balance many salty dishes such as thịt kho. Northern Vietnamese more commonly eat this with thịt đông. I remember seeing a plate of this at…

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe (Bò Bía Recipe)

What Is Bò Bía? The name bò bía is likely a Vietnamese adaptation of the Chinese roll “popiah.” These two foods are quite different though. It’s plausible to think bò bía was adapted by the Vietnamese and ingredients were substituted with what was available. The first noticeable change is the Vietnamese use a rice paper wrapper instead of a wheat-based one. Other changes…

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Vietnamese Egg Rolls & Rice Noodles Recipe (Bún Chả Giò)

Snacking on chả giò (egg rolls) plain is fine if you’re in a rush, but sometimes I need something more substantial. Plus I get to pat myself on the back for actually eating some greens. Bún chả giò is one good way to handle that. The bowl is lined with fresh shredded lettuce at the bottom, then topped with just rice vermicelli and…

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Vietnamese Fish Sauce Recipe (Nước Chấm)

Getting the hang of making this Vietnamese dipping sauce (nước chấm) is an important step to making your cuisine just right. Since it’s just about everywhere in Vietnamese cooking, it’s simply referred to as “dipping sauce”. This is a dipping sauce I grew up with as a kid, with mom and grandma making this pretty often, for the dishes that…

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Vietnamese Egg Rolls Recipe (Chả Giò)

My mom is an great cook and a very generous person. Her keen sense of taste and relentless persistence allows her to fine-tune recipes until they’re excellent, and worthy of sharing with others. It was my mom and grandma’s cooking that made their home the gathering point for lunch and dinner multiple times a week. Additionally, she readily (and happily) contributes large quantities…

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Vietnamese Scallions & Oil Garnish Recipe (Mỡ Hành)

This is a simple garnish of scallion and oil for Vietnamese foods. It’s found on a lot of dishes such as bún chả giò, thịt nướng, bánh hỏi, bánh bèo, cơm tấm bì and many others. So it goes very well with grilled meats or rice noodle dishes. Mở hành (litterally oil onion) is a good way to add a nice aroma and…

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Đồ Chua Recipe – Vietnamese Pickled Daikon & Carrots

If you’ve had Vietnamese food, you’ve probably at some point caught a whiff of these pungent pickles. Đồ chua literally means “pickled stuff.” Weird right? It makes no sense to have such a generalized name because the vegetables in it don’t change–it’s always carrots and daikon. But anyways, like pickles in other cuisine, they go well with salty or fatty foods. It’s great…

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Champorado (Filipino Chocolate Rice Pudding) Recipe

Champorado is a kind of chocolate rice pudding eaten in the Philippines. This is not to be confused with the Mexican champurrado, which is more of a hot chocolate drink. I had a roommate a while back that was freaking out with excitement when she discovered a pot of this was cooking up in the kitchen. It’s a rare treat around here,…

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Gà Kho Recipe (Vietnamese Caramelized Chicken)

I’ve had the chance to try different recipes of ga kho back at home. When I think about “thit kho” (caramelized meats) from my family’s meals, it covers a lot of dishes. Whether it be fish steaks, poultry, beef, hunks of pork, or sausage; everything has a version of the caramelized cooking method.And why not? Caramelization creates a delicious sauce…

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