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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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

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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National Appetizer Day Recipe

National Appetizer Day

01.28.14 by Jackie

Did you know January 28th is National Appetizer Day? I learned this during a grocery trip to Trader Joe's. I figured I'd share with you some of my favorite appetizer recipes (among the more than 1,500 recipes already published on this site to date!) so you can get a few ideas and prepare for your big game day or your next dinner party.

Last Friday we threw a winter social party and had a lot of bite-size portions so our guests could mix and mingle. The party was such a success, people didn't want to go home! If you entertain as much as we do, I hope you'll find plenty of inspiration in this post.


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Kale Salad with Pomegranate Dressing Recipe

Kale Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

01.27.14 by Jackie

Here’s another Meatless Monday recipe for the beginning of the week. I wanted to feature a flavorful yet healthy one, so I prepared a baby kale salad with pomegranate dressing. I also added shredded carrots and spiced pecans for extra crunch and nutrition. And to reinforce the tart and sour taste of this salad, I also added dried cranberries. 

I think you've probably noticed my recent love for all things pomegranate. I prepared the dressing with freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, a little mustard, agave nectar and flax seed oil to complete the delicious vinaigrette. Et voilà!


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