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Vegetarian Pho (Pho Chay) Recipe

Vegetarian Pho (Pho Chay)

04.29.09 by Jackie

I made some beef pho again today -check out the new photo, I've just updated the post- and I felt like making a phở chay, vegetarian rice noodle soup for the rest of the family. The only extra work for pho chay, in addition to the beef pho (for the carnivores at home) is to fry some silken tofu and make the vegetarian broth.

Lulu, my husand, has been begging me to find Vegemite. I finally found some. It brings back good ol' memories from my trips to England as a child. Believe me, it tastes no different than Marmite. Vegemite is a combination of yeast byproduct and vegetable flavorings, and if you've never had it, it sort of has the taste of beef boullion cubes. Vegemite is not only great as a spread on a piece of bread, but can be a tasty addition to vegetable broth. Though not traditional, I used a bit in my pho broth to give it a more complex flavor.


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Pho Bo Tai Nam (The Perfect Vietnamese Beef Rice Noodle Soup) Recipe

Gooooood morning, Vietnam! Phở is the National Vietnamese food. Phở bò tái nạm is a beef broth served with rice noodles and tender, thin pieces of flank steak flavored with traditional Vietnamese spices. It's one of my favorite Asian soups. When I visited Saigon 10 years ago, I remember having a big bowl of phở for breakfast! It's as good in the morning as it is for lunch and dinner. I think it's THE best street food in the world. Oh and it's pronounced "fuh" like the beginning of the word "fudge".

OK. Here goes... I might get in big trouble for handing out this recipe. I got it from my Tatie Danielle (aunt) who, unlike the one in the French comedy classic, is a sweetheart and an amazing cook, except that she does not share her recipes. She used to run a restaurant in the early 90s. She doesn't know the existence of this site yet and she's not very computer literate, so I hope that keeps me safe. At any rate, I figure I can't call myself a femme fatale if I don't do a little bit of recon and intel gathering. Shhh...

If - like me - you're a fan of Anthony Bourdain, you might be interested to know that Pho is one of his favorite dishes. Tony, this pho is for you .

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsSiA-JHm0U

 


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Agave blended Homemade Yogurt with Kumquat Preserves (without Using a Yogurt Maker) Recipe

I've made a French version of a homemade yogurt recipe. In French I would call it yaourt brassé à la conserve de kumquat au sirop et au nectar d'agave. I got the recipe from a close family friend named Jeannie. She was born and raised in Vietnam and moved to America a decade ago. She always tells me how her family struggled during the Vietnam war, and how she had to learn how to preserve food and make a lot of stuff herself. I love her homemade yogurt and the recipe is quite easy. No need to spend big bucks on a yogurt machine. All you need is a few yogurt jars (or use baby food jars), a big cooler and a warm day.

The result is creamy and sweet. I added some agave syrup that I got from my last trip to Florida and some kumquat preserves from our orchard. I still have probably 2 batches of kumquats that need to be picked. I've made some kumquat marmalade already, some caramelized kumquats for a green salad and some baby zucchini-kumquat relish that I served with some fish. If you guys have any suggestions on recipes that use kumquats, I'm all ears. Do not hesitate to leave me a message.

I miss French yogurt. I remember in the supermarkets in France, there were probably 2 or 3 long aisles of dairy products like mousses, yogurts, crème caramels, flans, etc.I tell Lulu all the time that when I'm pregnant I want to go back to Paris and gorge myself on delicious French food to make sure our baby is a chubby wubby.

Attention: The measuring tool in this recipe here is the can of the condensed milk.


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Cassava Coconut Vietnamese Cake (Banh Khoai Mi) Recipe

Bánh khoai mì nướng, literally baked cassava (or manioc) cake in Vietnamese, is a sticky, sweet cake. The cassava provides the starch, the coconut milk provides the fat, and condensed milk is used as a sweetener.  It's unlike any Western dessert you've ever tried.

Cassava is a starchy tuberous root that is widely used in South America, Africa and Asia.  The flour made from the roots is called tapioca.

 


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Sunken Fried Tofu Recipe

Sunken Fried Tofu

03.05.09 by Jackie

A few months ago, I came across this article from MSNBC entitled "Pass the tofu: 1 in 200 kids is vegetarian". I was amused because there are 4 kids in our household and three of them are vegetarian. So when the article underlines the fact that adolescent vegetarianism seems to be rising, I totally agree. I don't have kids yet but I hope they will be open to a wide variety of foods while eating meat in moderation, unless my vegetarian husband and my father-in-law try to influence them!

Anyway, many studies have concluded that a diet high in red meat increases the risk of various cancers when compared to a vegetarian diet. As a meat eater, I'm always more reluctant to try vegetarian food even though, I keep having to come up with more varied vegetarian meals for the non-carnivores in my house. So here is a recipe that both meat-lovers and vegetarians will love for its texture and flavor. Try it out and remember, there are health benefits for you to consume less meat overall in your diet. How about starting with one veggie meal a week?


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