All posts tagged: Food

Hến Xúc Bánh Tráng / Baby Clams with Rice Crackers

Hến xúc bánh tráng or sauteed baby clams served with rice crackers is a classic beer accompaniment dish in Vietnam. It is an easy appetizer to make for snacking anytime of the day. The combination of soft baby clams with crunchy rice cracker is addicting. The combination of clams with various herbs provide for a burst of flavor in your mouth. Enjoy this classic dish today. Difficulty: Easy / Servings: 4 / Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1 package of sesame rice paper 2 and 1/2 cups of baby clams (frozen or from a can) 1/2 teaspoon Knorr chicken bouillon seasoning 1 tablespoon of julienne ginger 1/2 cup of rau ram (Vietnamese Coriander) or use Thai basil if coriander is not available 1 Jalapeno pepper 1/4 red bell pepper 1 yellow onion 3 stalks of scallions 1 tablespoon of minced lemongrass 4 cloves of garlic 1/4 cup of unsalted roasted peanuts 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil 1 and 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce 1/4 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 tablespoon of water or clam …

Bánh Bèo / Steamed Rice Cakes with Shrimp

Bánh bèo is a variety of steamed rice cakes or mini pancakes that originated from Hue, Vietnam. Tiny ceramic plates containing a small amount of a simple rice flour batter are steamed and topped with various savory ingredients such as dried shrimp, mung bean, fried pork, croutons, and scallion oil and then drenched in a salty sweet fish sauce. It is the quintessential group meal as everyone gets a chance to customize their rice cakes with various toppings. It’s not uncommon to see stacks of empty plates piled high on the table. This meal can feed a large crowd with few inexpensive ingredients.  The best part is the conversations with friends and family while waiting for the rice cakes to steam. Difficulty: Easy / Servings: 6 / Time: 30 minutes to prepare, 8 minutes to steam each batch of rice cakes Ingredients: 20 jumbo shrimps 4 cups of water 2 and 1/2 cup of Bánh Bèo flour mix (approximately 1 package available online or at any Asian supermarket) 3 tablespoons of tapioca starch 3 cloves of …

Sticky Rice with Baby Red Jackfruit / Xôi Gấc

Xôi gấc or sticky rice with baby red jackfruit is the essence of any holiday feast. The red color comes from the baby jackfruit, a fruit exclusive to southeast Asia, and signifies luck.   The fragrant aroma comes from the seed of the jackfruit and resembles vanilla. This rice dish has become a staple of everyday meal in Vietnam and is often eaten for breakfast or as a snack. In the US, you will often see this xôi gấc at any Vietnamese family gathering as it is inexpensive and easy to make, feeds a large crowd and everyone loves it. Sticky rice can also be made in advance since it is usually served at room temperature. Try this red sticky rice for your next meal. Difficulty: Easy / Servings: 6 / Time: 8 hours to soak the rice and 30-45 minutes to cook Ingredients: 3 jars (5.6 oz. jar) of frozen baby red jack fruit pulp with seeds or 2 jars without seeds. (I prefer the jar with seeds. This can be purchased at any …

Steamed Egg and Pork Meatloaf/ Chả Trứng Thịt Hấp

Every culture has a meatloaf or steamed egg dish. Vietnam has our steamed egg and pork meatloaf or chả trứng thịt hấp that most people will recognized as part of a very popular grilled pork chop dish at most restaurants. This dish is very easy to make and can be eaten alone or as part of grilled meat dish and salad. The steamed egg and pork meatloaf also refrigerates well so you can make one and pack it for lunch or dinner for the week. Ingredient: 6 eggs 1 lb. of ground pork 1 cup of minced woodear mushroom 1 cup of glass noodles cut into 3 inch segments (This is a clear vermicelli noodles and not the rice vermicelli noodles that most people are familiar with and can be found in most Asian supermarkets.) 1 cup of shredded carrots 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of fish sauce 1/2 cup of diced onion 1 tablespoon of chicken bouillon powder 1 teaspoon of ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon of salt 2 teaspoon of sugar olive oil Directions: Soak the glass …

Quick Caramelized Pork Ribs

Caramelized spare ribs are a stable for lunch or dinner at my parents’ house. We would eat it as part of a rice dish with fresh vegetables and a slice of egg and pork meatloaf (cơm sườn bì chả). These pork ribs are cooked quickly so the meat have a chewier texture than the American version where the meat falls off the bones. This dish is very easy to prepare and takes only 30 minutes to cook. Difficulty: Easy / Servings: 4 / Time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 3 lb. of pork ribs 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut soda (Coco Rico) 3 tablespoons of fish sauce 2 tablespoons of sugar 1 yellow onion, quartered 1/2 tablespoon of mushroom seasoning (if this is not available, use chicken bouillon powder or skip it) 10 cloves of minced garlic and 1 clove of crushed garlic Ground pepper Salt Scallion for garnish Olive oil for cooking Directions: Cut the spare ribs into approximately 2-3 inch segments. This is roughly 2-3 bones per segment. Marinate the ribs with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of …

Bánh Mì Series: Pork Pâté

We introduced you to bánh mì xíu mại or meatballs sandwich, pickled carrots and daikon radish accompaniment and homemade garlic mayonnaise in earlier posts. The next key essential ingredient to assemble a true Vietnamese bánh mì is to make pork pâté. This meat spread gives the sandwich a unique flavor and can be easily eaten alone with bread. My favorite thing to eat for breakfast is to have toasted bread spread with delicious pâté and mayonnaise and top with a fried egg and a splash of soy sauce. This pâté is so easy to make and so scrumptious that you cannot stop eating it. Difficulty: Easy / Serving: 6 cups / Time: 1.5 hours to make and 8 hours to set Ingredients: 2 pound of ground pork ½ pound of pork liver (if you cannot find pork liver, you can substitute with chicken liver) 15 cloves of garlic 3 teaspoons of sugar 1 ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons of ground black pepper 1 ½ cups of canola oil Directions: Mince 15 cloves of garlic in the food …

Chicken with Lemongrass and Chili / Gà Xào Sả Ot

Every Vietnamese family has a recipe for chicken with lemongrass and chili or gà xào sả ot. The combination of the citrus flavor from the lemongrass, the spice from the turmeric, the saltiness from the soy and fish sauce and the sweetness from the coconut soda give this dish a wow factor. The dish is deceptively simple and fast to make for any weeknight meal. You may be tempted to remove the skin or use white meat. I would advise otherwise as I find that dark meat is juicier and the skin adds a lot of flavor to the dish. This dish is served with a side of rice. Difficulty: Easy / Serving: 2 / Time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 2 chicken thigh with skin (dark meat) cut into quarters 2 tablespoons of minced lemongrass 2 tablespoons of minced garlic 2 tablespoons of diced onion ½ tablespoon of turmeric or curry powder mix 1 ½ cup of Rico coconut soda 1 teaspoon + 1 tablespoon of chicken bouillon powder 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of soy sauce ¼ teaspoon of …