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Canh Bun Recipe (Vietnamese Soup) Recipe

Canh bún is a simplified version of bún riêu. It has a similar, red-colored sweet broth except it doesn't contain tomatoes. The soup is also softer in texture; round, thick noodles are used and fried tofu pieces and rau muống (pea shoot tendrils) are added at the last minute. 

Traditionally, pork is used for canh bun but I prefer cooking with veal instead. You could stick to the more authentic version or use other meat and add riêu (crab morsels) as well. 


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Watermelon Juice Recipe (Nuoc Ep Dua Hau) Recipe

Freshly-pressed watermelon juice called nước ép dưa hấu is a staple at any restaurant in Vietnam. I haven't been back to Vietnam since I was 17 and I often get nostalgic. To remind me of the good times I had in Vietnam, I bought a ripe watermelon and prepared the fruity juice.

We were very lucky because the watermelon was fabulous and didn't need additional sweeteners. Papa, my father, is an expert at selecting delicious, sweet watermelons. When I was a child, I would always watch him knocking on the fruit, smelling and comparing the weight between watermelons. Ripe, sweet watermelons are supposed to be very fragrant and heavy for their size, the skin should have a nice sheen and the underside should be pale yellow.


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Lavash Bread 'Sushi' Pinwheel Recipe Recipe

If you’re intimidated by the thought of making sushi, this recipe is a great place to start. These sushi-syle pinwheelsl are much easier than the real thing, but still delicious. No nori sheets or rice are involved. Instead, I used soft flatbread, roasted red bell pepper hummus, crunchy shredded carrots, wasabi-flavored avocado, edamame beans and spinach leaves. They can be served as appetizers for a dinner party; to ensure they don't fall apart, secure them by tying cute bows around the "sushi" using garlic chives. Remember, you eat with your eyes first!

If you happened to stop by the Gilroy Garlic festival this weekend, you may have come across the California Lavash booth. I absolutely love their artisan flatbread and used it in this dish. Their new look has officially launched and it should be hitting Whole Foods shelves in a few weeks; I’m personally excited about that because you'll be able to see my photos on the new packages!


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Thai Sticky Rice Recipe Recipe

Thai Sticky Rice Recipe

07.26.13 by Jackie

Xôi xoài Thái Lan, in Vietnamese, literally translates to "mango sticky rice from Thailand". It's a very popular dessert in Asia; steamed sticky is rice covered in sweetened, fragrant coconut milk and paired with freshly-cut mangoes, then drizzled with thick, syrupy coconut sauce and sprinkled with lightly toasted sesame seeds. 

I made this dessert is because I had leftover pandan leaves that I used in the recipes I developed for my second cookbook, Banh Mi, available since July 18th. By the way, it was named "Best Book of the Month" (July badge) on Amazon. Also, my husband's teenage sisters, Sunny, Lya, Mimi and Lala (that's what Aria calls them) spent last month in Asia. I was surprised when they got back that they asked for this sweet treat, because it's such an easy, common Asian dessert.

It really satisfied their craving and I hope it brought back good memories of their time on the beaches of Thailand and Vietnam. 


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Tofu with Peanut Miso Sauce Recipe

Tofu with Peanut Miso Sauce

07.24.13 by Jackie

By itself, tofu can be very bland; the best remedy is a flavorful sauce paired with a load of vegetables. In this recipe I used leftover chicken, silken tofu, broccoli, red bell peppers, beech and button mushrooms, Japanese eggplant and onions. I added the chicken pieces at the last minute after reserving a portion for the vegetarians in my house.

When paired with a thick, bold, rich peanut miso sauce and served on a bed of steamed jasmine rice, you’ll have a one-dish meal sure to satisfy your family.


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