Tet Recipes

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

Xoi Vo Recipe (Coconut Sticky Rice with Mung Beans)

01.31.14 by Jackie

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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Shrimp and Crab Eggrolls (Cha Gio Recipe) Recipe

Shrimp and Crab Eggrolls (Cha Gio Recipe)

01.29.14 by Jackie

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

Tet Celebrations: Vietnamese Dessert Recipes

01.22.14 by Jackie

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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Canh Bi Do (Pumpkin Wonton Soup Recipe) Recipe

Canh Bi Do (Pumpkin Wonton Soup Recipe)

05.30.13 by Jackie

Canh bí đỏ is Vietnamese pumpkin soup. But in this recipe instead of simply boiling the pumpkin in broth, I used it as the filling in wonton wrappers (hoành thánh in Vietnamese).

The Vietnamese pumpkin has a naturally sweet creaminess. If it's cooked properly the skin is also edible and adds a wonderful texture. To make the dish into a complete meal, I add fried tofu for protein and wheat germ, fried onion and shiitake mushroom for extra flavor. The rest is a simple broth so as not to overpower the flavorful pumpkin wontons.


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