How to cook: Stir fried beef and chayote

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Inspired by a dish that chef Luke Nguyen cooked in his TV show, this stir fried beef and chayote combo is another example of the yin-yang concept that is found across various Asian cuisines. The ingredients are simple, few and inexpensive, the … »

How to make: Vietnamese iced coffee (ca phe sua da, cafe sua da)

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Coffee fiend that I am, the first time I saw this concoction in an episode of Bobby Chinn's TV show on the Travel & Living Channel, I knew I was going to try it at home. It's iced coffee, Vietnamese style -- very strong brewed coffee (think … »

How to cook: Vietnamese beef stew

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This is a deconstructed recipe. My husband so loves the beef stew at Pho Hoa (above) that I wanted to try and make it at home. I did find a recipe for beef stew in one of the three Vietnamese cookbooks that I have but I felt that the list of spices … »

How to cook: Lemongrass tamarind chicken

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It is curious how one finds the basic sweet and sour dish in the cuisine of every Southeast Asian country. We Filipinos have our escabeche; the Thai have their Pad Preow Wan Kai (they even have a name for their sweet and sour sauce -- Nam Jim Priao … »

How to make: Vietnamese spring rolls

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We never go to a Vietnamese restaurant without ordering spring rolls. Between Pho Hoa and Pho Bac, I prefer the latter's spring rolls. Apart from that though, my vote goes to Pho Hoa all the way. It's always been my dream to make Vietnamese spring … »

How to cook: Cabbage rolls soup

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There are two cabbage rolls recipes in the archive of my other blog. One has chicken filling, served with white sauce and topped with grated cheese. The other is the more traditional version, stuffed with ground pork and simmered in tomato sauce. … »

How to cook: Vietnamese chicken satay with nuoc cham

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Chicken satay without peanuts. I couldn't believe it myself having associated satay with peanut butter. But this recipe from Vietnamese Cooking Made Easy (recipes by Nongkran Daks, Alexandra Greeley and Wendy Hutton; published by Periplus) is … »