Vietnamese Recipes

Shrimp Stuffed Dumpling Recipe Recipe

Shrimp Stuffed Dumpling Recipe

07.08.14 by Jackie

Ever since we were in Paris, baby Aria is finally enjoying the taste of meat and seafood. The idea of being able to feed her a wider variety of meals thrills me. During our stay, Maman served a lot of shrimp dishes. Yesterday, Aria requested dumplings. So I prepared and filled them according to my mom's recipe for the filling. Maman’s trick to give the shrimp a better consistency is to blend in a few baby squid with the shrimp. If that scares you, you can omit them; the dumplings will still be just as yummy.

Shaping dumplings can be a little tricky, and I think it's the biggest challenge the first time you try. So I simply shaped the dumplings and sealed the bottom with fresh, round pot sticker wraps. I also used unconventional flavors for the filling with fennel, carrots and green peas to please Aria's tastebuds. 


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Hu Tieu Chay Recipe Recipe

Hu Tieu Chay Recipe

06.04.14 by Jackie

Chow fun is called hủ tiếu xào chay (literally "vegetarian rice noodle stir fry") in Vietnamese and consists of wide, chewy rice vermicelli noodles stir-fried with tofu and vegetables. I made the dish chay ("vegetarian") but you can certainly add meat, such as beef, which will make the dish all the more delicious.

I make these noodles very often at home. I could eat freshly made hủ tiếu by the platter! It's quick and simple, healthy and very tasty. Living in the Bay Area means that I'm lucky enough to have fresh rice noodles readily available. I just need to drive to downtown San Jose. San Jose has a large Vietnamese community so it's very easy to find all sorts of my favorite ethnic ingredients.


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Xoi La Dua (Pandan Sticky Rice Recipe) Recipe

Xoi La Dua (Pandan Sticky Rice Recipe)

05.19.14 by Jackie

Xôi lá dứa is a very popular snack/dessert in Vietnam. It's made of pandan-flavored steamed sticky rice covered in sweetened, fragrant coconut milk. Sticky rice can be flavored in many ways and there are plenty of savory versions as well, but our favorite is the one prepared with pandan leaves. To save time and add extra flavor, I used store-bought pandan paste in addition to the pandan leaves and also added coconut powder and coconut milk. Don't be fooled by the vegan aspect of this festive dessert, I serve it in small portions because of its rich properties. 

The more authentic way of serving xôi lá dứa is to present it family-style on a large platter and to pair the sticky rice with freshly-grated coconut shreds and powdered, sweetened peanut and sesame garnish.

 

 


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Bun Canh Do Bien Recipe (Vietnamese Crab Noodle Soup) Recipe

Bun Canh Do Bien Recipe (Vietnamese Crab Noodle Soup)

05.15.14 by Jackie

The idea of eating hot soup during May sounds strange to many people. But in tropical countries, consuming hot broth at any time of the day (even for breakfast!) is normal. Odd as it is, hot liquid on a hot day does seem to help your body stay cool. With this factoid and the heat spike we've been experiencing in the Bay Area, I prepared bún canh đồ biển

It has a sweet, red-colored broth (I used annatto seed oil to color it). The soup is fairly soft in texture: round, thick noodles are used and cá hồng (red snapper), crab meat, shredded lettuce, bean sprouts and sugar snap peas are added at the last minute. 


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