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Tamarind Dipping Sauce (Nước Mắm Me)

Tamarind Dipping Sauce (Nước Mắm Me)

This tamarind dipping sauce is my sister’s concoction.  We had fish spring rolls at her house and she made this sauce to dip the spring rolls.  My Caucasian husband actually liked it.  He doesn’t like fish sauce, but I think the tamarind in this sauce […]

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Fried Garlic

Fried Garlic

I use fried garlic in a lot of my recipes.  In order to save time, I would make a large amount and store it in a mason jar.  That way, it’s always available for me use. Here’s how to make it. Peel and mince one […]

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Coconut Milk Sauce

Coconut Milk Sauce

Coconut milk sauce is a versatile sauce.  The reason I call it a sauce is because you don’t use it straight out of the can.  You actually have to heat it up, add some seasonings and a thickener.  The sauce can be used in a […]

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Herbs and Vegetables

Herbs and Vegetables

There are a lot of herbs and vegetables used in Vietnamese cooking.  A lot of the herbs are eaten raw as they are added to dishes such as vermicelli noodles with grilled pork, spring rolls (gỏi cuốn), and Vietnamese crepe (bánh xèo).  For these dishes, I […]

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How to cook rice noodles (phở noodles)

How to cook rice noodles (phở noodles)

How to cook rice noodles…first off, there are two types of rice noodles.  You can buy the dry noodles or the “fresh” noodles.  I prefer the dry rice noodles made in Thailand.  The fresh noodles have preservatives in them.  After a while in the fridge, […]

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How to cook egg noodles

How to cook egg noodles

Here are instructions on how to cook egg noodles for dishes such as wonton noodle soup, or for the Egg/Rice Noodle Soup Nam Vang Style. Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, remove one clump […]

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How to cook rice vermicelli noodles

How to cook rice vermicelli noodles

Rice vermicelli noodles are used in a lot of Vietnamese dishes.  They’re just as important as rice is to the culture.  There are many different brands and a few sizes of noodles.  The way to cook them is the same, but the timing is different, […]

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Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nước Mắm Chắm)

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nước Mắm Chắm)

The Vietnamese dipping sauce is made from fish sauce.  Fish sauce, is the sauce of life, in my opinion.  Fish sauce in its pure form is very pungent.  It has a strong fishy smell.  It is also very salty.  I highly recommend that you don’t […]

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