20. 11. 2014

Mama’s Sick Soup – Vietnamese Chao

Some people eat chicken soup when they are sick. But growing up, whenever I was sick my mom use to make chao, a Vietnamese rice soup.  I remembered the chao recipe awhile back...

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29. 09. 2014

COCONUT CHICKEN CURRY

With colder weather around the corner, hot meals are on my mind. I recently whipped up this hot spicy coconut chicken curry dish when my neighbor stopped by with her son to get...

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09. 04. 2014

QUINOA & BULGUR NORI ROLLS

These rolls are a perfect choice for a healthy vegetarian meal. I used bulgur since it’s a great substitute for rice and because I love the texture. I also wanted to give it...

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07. 04. 2014

KOREAN SPICED TOFU

Having Korean friends and neighbors has great benefits. We get to invite ourselves over for amazing dinners, and have access to a tour guide to the world of Korean cooking. Korean cuisine is...

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11. 03. 2014

SPICY PORK SAUSAGE & RICE CAKES

I discovered this spicy pork sausage & rice cake dish during my first visit to David Chang’s Momofuku Ssäm Bar restaurant in New York City, which had been on my short list for...

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27. 02. 2014

BANH MI THIT NUONG

bánh mì thịt nướng (Vietnamese sandwich with grilled pork chop) Banh mi is my favorite kind of sandwich. It was created in Vietnam during French colonial rule, and has influences from both cultures. The...

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20. 02. 2014

Leek and ginger fried rice

Over the holidays, we hosted a large group of friends and family for a potluck style dinner. My neighbor and good friend Sungmee brought a plate of leek and ginger fried rice, which...

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17. 02. 2014

THỊT NƯỚNG (CARAMELIZED GRILLED PORK)

The traditional way of making thit nuong is to cut the meat into 2-3 inch strips, then marinade the meat and grill it in between two wire baskets over a charcoal grill. The...

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17. 02. 2014

NUOC MAU – VIETNAMESE CARAMEL SYRUP

Nuoc mau (pronounced ‘nook mao’, originating from south Vietnam) is the irresistible caramel syrup that is key to many traditional Vietnamese dishes. It is especially important in stews and for marinating meat and...

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10. 02. 2014

Do Chua

As a regular accouterment of Vietnamese cuisine, pickled daikon and carrots are great as a little side nibble with your rice and meat dishes or as an addition to your salad. The crunchy...

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04. 02. 2014

SPRING ROLLS WITH CRISPY TOFU

As much as we love meat, I tend to cook vegetarian dishes at home during the week to stay healthy and environmentally friendly.  Tofu is a wonderful substitute for protein in spring rolls...

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17. 01. 2014

ROTI

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04. 12. 2013

CRISPY TOFU IN OYSTER SAUCE

This is a simple but tasty tofu dish that works well alone as a snack, or as part of a Asian-themed meal.

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31. 10. 2013

SPRING ROLLS WITH CARAMELIZED PORK

The great thing about spring rolls is that they are delicious, easy to make, and you can fill them with whatever you like.  The following recipe is close to a classic Vietnamese spring...

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24. 10. 2013

TUNA TARTARE ON A BED OF GUACAMOLE

This beautiful and healthy starter will impress your guests and it is super easy to prepare. You really can’t go wrong making it. It is of course important that you buy a quality...

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16. 10. 2013

GỎI CUỐN VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLLS

Spring rolls are a favorite in our home, and we eat them throughout the year. Loaded with vegetables and herbs, they taste fresh and have a light feel. This classic Vietnamese spring roll...

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07. 10. 2013

김치볶음밥 – KIMCHI FRIED RICE (kimchi bokkeumbap)

I clearly remember my first time eating kimchi. I was backpacking in Vietnam in 2004 and had never heard about kimchi, or for that matter even tried Korean food. My first thought was:...

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06. 09. 2013

SODA CHANH WITH MINT

Nuoc chanh (also known as ‘limeade’) is one of the most popular drinks in Vietnam, and is a refreshing way to cool down in the summer heat.  My mom would make this any...

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13. 08. 2013

ZUCCHINI, SWEET POTATO & LEEK FRITTERS

Zucchinis are in season right now and will be for another month. Celebrate the zucchini season by making delicious fritters. I added sweet potato in the mix, as they are healthier than white...

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16. 07. 2013

HEALTHY QUINOA AVOCADO SPRING ROLLS

You have probably heard of quinoa before, but you probably didn’t know that it is a close relative to beetroot, spinach and tumbleweeds (it is not a grain). It is considered to be...

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10. 06. 2013

HEALTHY VIETNAMESE CABBAGE SALAD SERVED WITH NUOC MAM CHAM

This salad is one of my favorites from the Vietnamese cuisine. It is fresh, easy to make and a little addicting. The flavors of salt, sweet and sour combine in such a wonderful...

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17. 04. 2013

SAMOSA ROLLS

These delicious little rolls are inspired by the Indian samosas. This inspiration came from my friend Sofia. An exact recipe is not really needed – I think that you can manage nicely with...

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10. 04. 2013

PRETTY BABY BOK CHOY

This simple vegetable has an amazing presentation when cut lengthwise down the stem, and is filled with flavor. I sauté these on a pan with a little salt and pepper, and drizzle on...

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09. 04. 2013

PHO GA – A VIETNAMESE NOODLE SOUP

Recently I have had the opportunity to take cooking lessons from Mama Le’s Kitchen (a.k.a. my mum). She taught herself how to cook the Vietnamese dishes by remembering all the wonderful flavors in...

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07. 02. 2013

VIETNAMESE SALAD WITH A TOUCH OF DANISH PORK

In another post I wrote about how to cook flæskesteg (Danish pork roast). If you have some leftover flæskesteg, you can make this dish very quickly and easily. You can also substitute tofu...

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