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Xoi Vo Recipe (Coconut Sticky Rice with Mung Beans) Recipe

First of all, chúc mừng năm mới (Happy New Year of the Horse!). A new, fabulous year is beginning, and to celebrate, I started the day very early this morning wrapping and rolling a lot of vegetarian eggrolls to ring in the New Year! I also prepared xôi vò, which is a popular Vietnamese snack consisting of coconut milk sticky rice and mung beans. Cậu Hoà (my uncle) is going to be stopping by today and I plan on serving this to him with green tea. It's his favorite.

Xôi vò is a very simple, easy snack to prepare. Simply soak mung beans (hulled and split yellow beans) and sticky rice separately ahead of time, then cook and steam the pandan-scented rice, coconut milk and a sprinkle of sugar. That's it. If you're Asian, you know how lightly sweetened Asian desserts are. If you're like my husband, "lightly sweet" is an understatement and you probably won't call this a dessert. Again, I guess it's a cultural thing. If you’re tasting xôi vò for the first time, consider it a nutritious, fragrant snack with a light hint of sweetness that pairs wonderfully with tea. 


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Roasted Lamb Banh Mi Recipe Recipe

Roasted Lamb Banh Mi Recipe

01.30.14 by Jackie

We recently had roasted lamb flavored with pomegranate. As usual, I used the leftover meat the following day and prepared my favorite sandwich, a bánh mì  of course! You can find the recipe for the baguette, lime mayonnaise and Vietnamese pickles in my second cookbook, aptly entitled Banh Mi.

I have to admit a lamb bánh mì  is not “authentic”. Having said that, bánh mì is an adaptation of the French baguette sandwich. When the French left Vietnam, some of the ingredients such as the cornichons (French small gherkins) became so costly, they were substituted with local food items (pickled carrots and daikon with cilantro and sliced green chiles). The fillings can be tailored to suit your favorite flavorings. Adaptation and experimentation are why we have the foods we have today, so get in the kitchen and have some fun!


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Shrimp and Crab Eggrolls (Cha Gio Recipe) Recipe

We're two days away from Tết (Vietnamese New Year). Every year, Maman's specialty was to prepare eggrolls. In my opinion, she makes the best eggrolls (chả giò in Vietnamese) I've ever had. Of course, I'm a little biased. To find my mom's authentic recipe, check it out in my second cookbook Banh Mi.

For this version, I prepared a seafood filling with shrimp and crab and loads of flavorful mushrooms. I've posted a vegetarian version in the past for you if you need it. 

The countdown is nearly over and we'll soon be starting the year of the horse!


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Tet Celebrations: Vietnamese Dessert Recipes Recipe

We're a week away from the Vietnamese New Year celebrations (called Tết). I've decorated the entrance of our home with cherry blossom flowers that I decorated with red envelopes that contain "lucky money", called lì xì. I've also picked up brand new dollar bills and placed them in the red envelopes to give to children. The tradition dictates that the first morning of the New Year, adults congratulate children on becoming a year older by giving them these lì xì envelopes.

Many Vietnamese desserts are served as well, before "offering" them to ancestors. I've gathered some of the Asian sweets that are prepared for this celebration. 


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Asian-inspired Mushroom Tart Recipe Recipe

Being born and raised in France with Vietnamese origins, this mushroom tart perfectly represents my two cultures. And with my husband Lulu being a vegetarian, I wanted to prepare a savory tart that fit his diet.

I prepared a regular butter crust, but I flavored it with green onions and Thai basil. I made the filling with both shiitake and king mushrooms, which have a meaty texture (especially good for vegetarian cooking). I balanced the flavors with five spice powder, sweetened condensed milk as a binder for the filling, garlic, hoisin sauce and rice vinegar. As a reminder of the flavor of the tart, once it was baked I covered it with more sliced mushrooms and added a drizzling of sesame oil for a Vietnamese twist. You could pair it with an Asian peanut red cabbage slaw to complete the meal. 


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