Hot and fresh from the oven. Look at that bubbly, crispy skin. You can almost hear the CRUNCH!

Crispy Roast Pork (Thit Heo Quay)

I find most animal skins to be rather slimy and too fatty for consumption and so am not a fan, however, I break all the rules for this delectable dish.  With its thick, crispy skin and juicy, savory meat roasted to perfection, this dish is truly unique tasting.  The recipe is simple with an easy-to-make and […]

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A popular duo--sticky rice with mung bean. This popular snack cake is a cinch to make!

Sticky Rice Cakes with Star Anise (Xoi Vi)

Sticky rice and mung bean are the dynamic duo in Viet cooking.  These two ingredients are commonly used to make a variety of sweet and savory dishes.  (Check out the other sticky rice and mung bean recipes I’ve shared below.)  This recipe falls into the Dessert category although it’s just slightly sweet.  The recipe is super easy and […]

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Puffy, Golden Perfection--these Hollow Donuts are such a treat!

Hollow Donuts (Banh Tieu)

I simply adored these donuts, but because they’re deep-fried, I don’t make them very often.   So when I allow myself to indulge and make them at home, (usually for the holidays) they’re a special treat.  There’s really nothing fancy or exotic about these donuts–no crazy toppings or colorful fillings.  The recipe is simple–the slightly sweet dough is dipped in white sesame seeds […]

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A very unique-tasting condiment that is similar to a soft and creamy cheese.

Fermented Chili Tofu (Chao)

This Fermented Chili Tofu is a favorite with vegetarians but you don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy it.  This deliciously briny and creamy tofu, which has been equated to a soft bleu cheese, is often served as a dip for fresh vegetables or simply a flavoring for rice in place of soy sauce or fish sauce.  Use it as […]

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This dish can be enjoyed hot or cold. Simply delicious!

Baked Bean Thread Noodles with Crab (Mien Xao Cua Dut Lo)

If you enjoy baked dishes, you’ll love this week’s recipe which I call a Vietnamese casserole.  I wish more recipes were this simple–we lightly stir-fry some vegetables with crab meat, add in the noodles, seasoned chicken stock and then bake.  Everything comes out piping hot, perfectly cooked and so delicious.  The noodles are substantial enough that they can be served as a main dish.  Without a doubt […]

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