Lemongrass Recipes

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Vietnamese Tofu Curry Recipe (Tau Hu Cari) Recipe

Tàu hũ cari is a Vietnamese dish that I consider comfort food. It has a wholesome coconut taste and creamy texture that pair wonderfully with toasted baguette or freshly steamed jasmine rice. Traditionally though, lemongrass tofu curry is high in calories. I attempted to cut down on the heaviness without sacrificing flavor, so instead of using coconut cream, I used a combination of coconut soda and plain yogurt in addition to a generous amount of galangal.

If you try this recipe and enjoy it, you'll be happy to know that there are many other versions of Vietnamese curries. I included a potato dish in my upcoming book, Haute Potato, which you can preorder now from Amazon (shameless plug  ). The book will be out on December 18th and I really hope you get a chance to cook with it, learn from it, and share your experiences with me here on PhamFatale.com!


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Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup Recipe Recipe

Hot and sour soup is a wonderful first course. It's bursting with strong flavors such as kaffir lime leaves, chiles and lime juice. To balance the dish, cubes of silken  tofuwater chestnuts and  wood ear mushrooms are added. I also thickened the broth with tapioca starch.

The girls and I are still keeping up with our daily workout routine, starting in the wee hours of the morning while the baby is sleeping. After completing our exercise, we all discuss what the menu of the day is going to be. Fun time! 


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Lemongrass Tofu with Daikon Recipe

Lemongrass Tofu with Daikon

03.12.12 by Jackie

Lemongrass is a wonderfully fragrant herb. If prepped and cooked properly, it adds not only flavor but also a great texture to vegetables, meat, fish or tofu.

I used the lemongrass in this dish as a coating for the tofu (tàu hũ xào xả). Daikon radish (củ cải trắng in Vietnamese) provides contrasts in both texture and flavor. I think the way the daikon is cut dramatically changes the texture of the dish. By cutting it into thick strings, the daikon cooks fast but remain slightly firm.

Note: Glossary of relevant Vietnamese cooking terms.

Tàu hũ = tofu

Xào = stir fry

Xả = lemongrass

Củ = root

Trắng = white


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Hot and Sour Thai Soup Recipe Recipe

Hot and Sour Thai Soup Recipe

01.13.12 by Jackie

Tom Yum Thai soup has a unique taste. It's both spicy and sour and loaded with amazing flavors such as lemongrass, galangal, fresh kaffir limes leaves and coconut milk. For this version, I combined fresh water chestnuts, sugar snap peas, tamarind, red chili powder, baby squid and mackerel. You could also add shrimp or chicken. And of course, the soup is easy to make vegetarian as well.

The warmth of the broth is very soothing. I usually serve this seafood soup with a bowl of steamed jasmine rice on the side, which makes a complete meal while still being pretty healthy (you could also omit the coconut milk if you're health conscious). Give this recipe a try; I promise you won't be disappointed!


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Bo Xao Xa Ot Recipe (Vietnamese Lemongrass Beef) Recipe

Bún thịt bò xào xả ớt (chile lemongrass beef noodles) is one of my favorite Vietnamese "casual" everyday meals. I like the way lemongrass is used to spice things up in this Vietnamese classic. Tender, boneless stir-fried beef is cooked with fresh lemongrass, freshly chopped chile peppers and onions. The meat is served in a bowl filled with cold vermicelli rice noodles, roasted peanuts, fresh vegetables (usually cucumber and pickled carrots), fresh Vietnamese herbs and soy bean sprouts. The entire dish is drizzled with mixed herbed fish sauce as seasoning.

The cooking time is very fast, and call me crazy but I love the sound of the sizzling pan. I stir-fried the beef, but on hotter days, you could also thread the meat into skewers and grill them.

Note: Glossary of relevant Vietnamese cooking terms.

Bún = noodles

Thịt = beef

Thịt = meat

Xào = stir fry

Xả = lemongrass

Ớt = chile


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