Vietnamese Recipes

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Bun Bo Nuong Recipe (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Bowl) Recipe

This weekend, we had a lot of company, so we prepared one of my favorite party recipes: bún bò nướng. This one-dish meal is the kitchen sink dish of Vietnamese cuisine. Tender, boneless beef is grilled and topped with mở hành (onion oil). Then the steak is thinly sliced and served with room-temperature vermicelli rice noodles, roasted peanuts, lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts and mint. But we didn't stop the feast there; I added bánh cuốn (steamed roll cakes), fried sweet potato and shrimp (bánh tôm chiên dòn) and bì (shredded meat).

The whole bowl is flavored and drizzled with nước mắm chấm (fish sauce) and eaten with chopsticks. Give it a try and you'll want to eat this everyday!

The winner of this week's giveaway is Amanda O. (please contact me back so I can get your mailing address). Congratulations and I hope you enjoy using my first cookbook about gourmet potato dishes as much I did developing the recipes!


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Kiem Recipe (Vietnamese Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup) Recipe

This year, the Asian New Year celebration (called Tết in Vietnamese) will happen during the first week of February, according to the Lunar calendar. I've mentioned in the past that, traditionally, you're required to eat vegetarian food (ăn chay) on the last day of the previous year and the first day of New Year.

Today, I'm sharing a vegan dish called kiểm that's a staple during the celebration. The dish is a sweet, savory soup made of pumpkin, bananas, coconut milk, mung beans, lotus seeds, wood ear mushrooms, sweet potatoes, ginger, tofu and raw peanuts. This is not a very common dish and it's only made for the celebration. If you know its origin, please let me know in the feedback section.

The winner of this week's giveaway is Amanda O. Congratulations and I hope you enjoy using my first cookbook about gourmet potato dishes as much I did developing the recipes!


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Black Bean Tofu Recipe Recipe

Black Bean Tofu Recipe

01.10.13 by Jackie

This is a simple vegetarian recipe, but simple doesn't mean that it lacks flavor. I pan-fried thick slices of tofu until the outer layer was very crispy, then quickly sautéed it with fermented black beans and snow peas. The greens were still crisp and provided a great color to the dish. 

If you're starting to think about the upcoming Asian New Year celebration (called Tết in Vietnamese), you might be looking for vegan recipes. Well, search no more! Tradition requires us to eat vegetarian food (ăn chay) on the last day of the previous year and first day of New Year and I will be sharing a few more Vietnamese vegetarian dishes with you until the celebration begins.


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Bean Curd Roll Recipe Recipe

Bean Curd Roll Recipe

01.02.13 by Jackie

I hope you all had a fun-filled New Year's Eve with your friends and families. What did you do to ring in the New Year? We had some family time at home. It may sound lame, but we watched "Murder on the Orient Express,"trying to solve Hercule Poirot's investigations (it’s so much easier when you’ve seen the movie like a dozen times ) while enjoying all the baked goods the girls and I have been concocting all week.

2012 was an incredible year for me. I feel so blessed and lucky, watching my daughter grow into an adorable toddler. And then there’s the publication of my first cookbook. I am so grateful for all the blessings that I have in my life. Thank you so much for your love and support. Here’s to making 2013 as unforgettable as 2012!

Back to today's dish. The girls' resolution is to lose as much weight as I did last year when I was working off my baby weight. I'm helping them by cooking healthy, yet still flavorful meals. One such concoction is today’s recipe: light red kidney bean patties wrapped in crispy bean curd. The filling is made of mashed kidney beans with panko breadcrumbs. The legume provides a sufficient amount of protein so the girls have enough energy throughout the day and the crispy outer layer provides a pleasant contrast of texture. For a healthy and complete meal, serve it with some brown rice and a dash of soy sauce. Enjoy!


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Turmeric Tofu with Dill Recipe Recipe

Turmeric Tofu with Dill Recipe

11.05.12 by Jackie

This tofu dish is my attempt to make the equivalent of chả cá thăng long, which is pan-fried fish in dill, turmeric, galangal and sautéed onions. To mimic the fish, I pan-fried fresh tofu so that the outside has a crispy texture while the outside remains soft. The rest of the dish is similar to the original, but I also added baby asparagus spears for a little color.

The fish version is a bit more complicated because you have to prepare a marinade for the fish. So even if you’re not a vegetarian, consider this version when you’re in a hurry. Eat it with bun (vermicelli rice noodles) and you'll have a delicious, complete meal.


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