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Egg Meatloaf (Chả Trứng)

Egg Meatloaf (Chả Trứng)

Vietnamese egg meatloaf is steamed ground pork with eggs.  It is an accompaniment to a dish that you find in Vietnamese restaurants. Rice (or broken rice) with shredded pork skin, grilled pork, and Vietnamese egg meatloaf is served with fish sauce (nước chắm) and a […]

Large Vermicelli Noodles with Shredded Pork Skin (Bánh Tằm Bì)

Large Vermicelli Noodles with Shredded Pork Skin (Bánh Tằm Bì)

My mom made large vermicelli noodles with shredded pork skin and pork for one of my nephew’s birthday party.  It was a new dish to my sister-in-law and her family.  Her family is from Huế and we’re from the south.  They’d never seen or heard […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Rolls (Bánh Cuốn)

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Rolls (Bánh Cuốn)

I have fond memories of Vietnamese rice noodle rolls (bánh cuốn).  In Vietnam, our house was right across the street of this one bánh cuốn restaurant.  The restaurant was in an alley. I must have been four or five years old.  I remember someone taking […]

Shaken Beef (Bò Lúc Lắc)

Shaken Beef (Bò Lúc Lắc)

Shaken beef was what’s for dinner tonight.  It’s one of those nights where I’m too lazy to spend too much time in the kitchen, so I decided on this dish.  It’s easy and quick. So, why is it called “shaken beef”?  Well, this dish is […]

Crab Noodle Soup (Bún Riêu)

Crab Noodle Soup (Bún Riêu)

Another Vietnamese soup dish worth exploring is the crab noodle soup.  It’s light and flavorful. My mom used to make this for us quite a bit.  She hasn’t in a while and I’m not sure why.  I will have to ask. One of my memories […]

Easy Omelet (Trứng Chiên)

Easy Omelet (Trứng Chiên)

This crazy easy omelet is so quick to make, you can have a meal in ten minutes tops.  I’d like to call this “poor college student omelet”. We used to eat this all the time, growing up.  When my mom was at the grocery store […]

Braised Catfish in Clay Pot (Cá Kho Tộ)

Braised Catfish in Clay Pot (Cá Kho Tộ)

The title of this post is “Braised Catfish in Clay Pot”, but you really don’t have to have a clay pot to make this dish.  You can make this is a nonstick pot/pan.  The procedure is the same. I’m using catfish because it is the […]