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Banh Gio Recipe (Steamed Meat Rice Cakes) Recipe

In Vietnamese cuisine, just as in many other types of cuisines, the use of banana leaves in cooking dates back centuries. Back when there was no aluminum foil, parchment paper or wax paper, the thick leaves were what cooks used to pack, steam, grill, bake and serve their food. Isn't that a smart, eco-friendly way to make good use of biodegradable, natural materials? Plus, the banana leaves give awondderful additional aroma to the food. If you ever visit Vietnam, you'll notice how commonly food is wrapped in banana leaves. Bánh giò is no exception, and it's one of my favorite Vietnamese street foods.

Bánh giò is a steamed rice cake, often filled with meat. This time, I filled them with ground chicken (a more authentic version would use pork). In any case, the meat is cooked with wood ear mushrooms. It's not the prettiest meal, but it's a flavorful, earthy (thanks to the mushrooms), light, gluten-free dish.

The key to achieving the perfect texture is to add a bit of cornstarch to the rice flour to firm up the dough, then flavor it with warm chicken broth and cook it on the stove before shaping the rice cakes.

Steamed Meat Rice Cakes Recipe with Picture


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Vegetarian Siu Mai Recipe Recipe

Vegetarian Siu Mai Recipe

04.08.15 by Jackie

This is my interpretation of vegetarian siu mai. The Asian dumplings are often filled with meat, so this is my attempt to create a toothsome, equally flavorful appetizer without meat. To do so, I prepared and filled the siu mai pockets with bean curd, jicama, shiitake, wood ear mushrooms, green onions, rice wine, soy sauce and sesame oil.

Shaping dumplings with a vegetarian filling while preventing them from collapsing once they were steamed was a bit challenging. I used silicon mini muffin liners to avoid a possible culinary disaster and keep them appealing. Sometimes, thinking outside the box can be a life-saver for the home cook that I am!


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Shrimp Stuffed Dumpling Recipe Recipe

Shrimp Stuffed Dumpling Recipe

07.08.14 by Jackie

Ever since we were in Paris, baby Aria is finally enjoying the taste of meat and seafood. The idea of being able to feed her a wider variety of meals thrills me. During our stay, Maman served a lot of shrimp dishes. Yesterday, Aria requested dumplings. So I prepared and filled them according to my mom's recipe for the filling. Maman’s trick to give the shrimp a better consistency is to blend in a few baby squid with the shrimp. If that scares you, you can omit them; the dumplings will still be just as yummy.

Shaping dumplings can be a little tricky, and I think it's the biggest challenge the first time you try. So I simply shaped the dumplings and sealed the bottom with fresh, round pot sticker wraps. I also used unconventional flavors for the filling with fennel, carrots and green peas to please Aria's tastebuds. 


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Cabbage Gratin Recipe Recipe

Cabbage Gratin Recipe

03.06.13 by Jackie

The weather has been so cold and windy in the Bay Area that this gratin dish received a warm welcome from the family at dinnertime. Little cottage cheese filled cabbage dumplings are cooked in a hearty mache sauce, then finished with a bit of cheese. Cabbage gratin, or "gratin de chou" in French, has comfort food written all over it.  

I tried to make this gratin as healthy as possible. This casserole dish is packed with greens and is high in protein, since 14 ounces of cottage cheese has at least 50 grams of protein (compared to a 6-ounce steak with 42 grams). Not that you should consider eating the whole thing by yourself! 


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How to Make Fried Pot Stickers (Vegetarian Potsticker Recipe) Recipe

I made vegetarian fried pot stickers today. I filled them with fresh water chestnuts, mung bean paste, shiitake mushrooms and fresh soy bean paste (packed with protein). Folding pot stickers is a little tricky, and I think it's the biggest challenge the first time you try. The key is to ensure that it is well sealed so the filling doesn't leak while frying. With a little practice it gets really easy.

I usually serve them as appetizers. Even the meat eaters like them because soy bean paste has a similar texture to ground chicken. Also, who doesn't like fried food?

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