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Spicy Udon Noodle Soup Recipe Recipe

Spicy Udon Noodle Soup Recipe

09.17.12 by Jackie

The spicy paste in this coconut udon soup provides not only  the kick, but also most of the flavor. It's made of miso paste, a lot of red Thai chiles, Thai basil, sesame and garlic. The rest of the preparation is very basic. A mix of Asian vegetables such as straw mushrooms, sweet baby corn and bok choy are boiled in vegetable broth. At the last minute, fried tofu, pre-cooked fresh udon noodles and coconut milk are added to complete the tasty soup.

The temperature is finally dropping in the Bay Area, which makes hot soup so soothing! 


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Banh Hoi Chay Recipe (Vietnamese Thin Rice Vermicelli Noodles) Recipe

Bánh hỏi is a Vietnamese specialty dish. It's composed of very thin rice vermicelli noodles, often steamed and seasoned with fried green onions. They’re usually served with barbecued beef or pork but for my husband who's a vegetarian, I accompanied them with a combination of sautéed tofu, bamboo, jicama, carrots and straw mushrooms. That's why I call this dish bánh hỏi chay (hint: chay means "vegetarian" in Vietnamese).

As a child, I remember having this dish at celebrations, though I don't really know why. I make it pretty regularly in our home because in my opinion, it's very simple to prepare and always enjoyable.


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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 Spring Rolls Recipe

Vegetarian Spring Rolls

08.20.12 by Jackie

Spring rolls are traditionally made of sliced pork, boiled shrimp, rice vermicelli noodles and Vietnamese herbs wrapped in rice paper called bánh tráng. Since I cook for a vegetarian crowd every day, today I made “salad” rolls with sauteed carrots, beech mushrooms, shredded white cabbage, soybean sprouts, fried tofu and the usual rice vermicelli noodles, lettuce and Vietnamese mint.

Served at room temperature with a vegetarian dipping sauce, they make the perfect summer entree. And speaking of summer, wrapping almost anything is a really great way to exercise portion control, which will do wonders for your bikini bod!


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Vegetarian Stir Fry Recipe: Tofu with Beans and Carrots Recipe

I hadn't cooked tofu in a while and my husband Lulu asked for a vegetarian stir fry. I've wanted him to eat healthier, so I was happy to oblige. The base of the stir fry contains carrots, green beans and onions from Full Circle. To this, I added some kumquat jelly I made last winter (you could use any kind of sweetener you like) and a mixture of fresh garlic and red Thai bird chiles Lulu planted early this Spring. It's just the right combination of sweet and spicy, and I love that the recipe is flexible enough to make use of whatever you have on hand.

I've been enjoying my weekly box from Full Circle. It feels like Santa Claus is leaving me a present on my doorstep every week! And fittingly, our friend Kris from Full Circle is offering a number of free farm boxes, so PhamFatale readers can also experience Full Circle. This week, we're putting up 1 prize and there will be more to come throughout the year as well. To enter, first check on FullCircle.com to make sure there are deliveries available in your area (Shipping is included for all members in CA, WA, and ID, and Anchorage, AK. Outside of Anchorage, AK, there is a shipping fee, and prices vary depending on location.). If so, simply enter your email address and I'll select one winner next Monday. Good luck everyone!


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