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 (egg rolls with noodles), thịt nướng (grilled pork), bánh hỏi, sườn nướng (pork chops), bánh bèo, cơm tấm bì and many others. So it goes very well with grilled meats or rice noodle dishes. Mở hành (litterally…

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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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Recipe: Vietnamese Boiled Cabbage (Bap Cai Luoc)

This recipe is for Weekend Wokking, a world-wide food blogging event created by Wandering Chopsticks to celebrate different ways ingredients are used across cultures. The host this month is Erbe In Cucina (Cooking with herbs). If you would like to participate or to see the secret ingredient, check who’s hosting next month. This Vietnamese Boiled Cabbage recipe is incredibly simple.…

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Vietnamese Coffee Recipe

In Vietnam, coffee, whether it’s brewed and served at home or in restaurants, is brewed leisurely (i.e. less intense than how I typically brew pour over coffee). Hot coffee (cafe nong) is preferred in the morning, while iced coffee (cà phê sữa đá) is saved for the heat later in the day. I was talking to my Dad about coffee…

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe (Gỏi cuốn)

This traditional Vietnamese Spring Roll recipe (gỏi cuốn) is a fresh and healthy recipe, full of veggies, lean meat, and shrimp so you can chow down with less guilt :). Made from just rice and water, the rice paper (bánh tráng) could be easily used for lots of other things. At one Vietnamese market, over five brands of this stuff. All with multi-lingual packaging: Vietnamese,…

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Vietnamese Fried Tofu w/ Tomato Sauce – Dau Sot Ca Chua

Here’s a dish I enjoyed a lot growing up. It’s a very simple fried tofu and tomato dish (Dau Sot Ca Chua) that is one of my fav comfort foods! A version I had occasionally was tofu filled with ground pork too. As a kid I ate the meatless version on this page a lot, but never even considered the work my parents…

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Thịt Kho Recipe – (Vietnamese Braised Pork with Eggs)

This thịt kho recipe is a low and slow braise so the meat is going to be reeeeally tender. In this recipe we’re going to use pork belly because the fat on it makes this taste much better. If you can get pork belly with the bones, you’ll have even better results, but you can also substitute for whatever cut you…

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