Archive | Appetizers & Sides

Baked Pork Buns (Banh Bao Nuong) - Delicious Char Siu pork filling encased in a fluffy bun | recipe from

Baked Pork Buns (Banh Bao Nuong)

Make delicious Baked Pork Buns (Banh Bao Nuong) at home with this easy recipe. Fluffy sweet buns are filled with savory pork and baked until golden. These Baked Pork Buns are even better than the bakery version and so amazing when freshly made at home. This easy recipe with video takes you through the steps […]

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Vegetarian Pate / Faux Gras / Vegan Pate / Pate Chay - served with slices of crusty French bread | recipe from

Vegetarian Pate / Faux Gras (Pate Chay)

This delicious Vegetarian Pate recipe has all the flavors and texture of pate but is completely meat-free. Made of roasted Portobello mushrooms, assorted beans and tofu, this Vegetarian Pate or Faux Gras is full of savory flavor and meaty texture. The recipe is really straightforward and easy to adjust depending on your preference for a […]

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Beef Stir-Fry Appetizer / Bo Xao Lan Served with Crunchy Sesame Rice Crackers and Cold Beer | recipe from

Beef Stir-Fry Appetizer (Bo Xao Lan)

This recipe for Beef Stir-Fry Appetizer is a tasty dish to serve with drinks at a casual gathering. Delicious chunks of tender beef are marinated with savory spices and stir-fried with red bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and bean thread noodle and then served atop toasted sesame rice crackers. Flavorful and hearty, this Beef Stir-Fry Appetizer […]

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Vietnamese Meatballs (Xiu Mai) - delicious and hearty, this dish is super easy to make! | recipe from

Vietnamese Meatballs (Xiu Mai)

This recipe for Vietnamese Meatballs (Xiu Mai) is a pure comfort-food dish. The tender pork meatballs are flavorful and have delicious crunch from the jicama. Cooked in a homemade tomato sauce, these hearty meatballs are absolutely mouth-watering. Super-versatile, the meatballs can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a small meal or an appetizer. Serve the Vietnamese […]

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Sticky Rice Dumplings (Banh It Tran) - filled with pork and mung bean, topped with fried onion, toasted shrimp flakes, served with pickles and fish sauce dipping sauce | recipe from

Sticky Rice Dumplings (Banh It Tran)

Here’s an easy-to-follow recipe for Sticky Rice Dumplings (Banh It Tran), a popular Vietnamese savory dumpling often enjoyed as a snack or small bite. Vietnamese cuisine is replete with snack foods, small bites and casual eats and these savory dumplings are some of the heartiest and most addicting treats. The glutinous dumplings are filled with […]

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Toasted Shrimp Flakes (Tom Chay) - must-have topping for savory dumplings and cakes! | recipe from

Toasted Shrimp Flakes (Tom Chay)

This easy recipe for Toasted Shrimp Flakes uses fresh shrimp to make a delectable and fluffy topping for savory dumplings, cakes, noodles, rice dishes and more. Many recipes use dried shrimp, which is convenient, but fresh shrimp is so much more flavorful. Using tiger shrimp yields the best results because they are so plump and […]

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Kohlrabi Chicken Salad (Goi Su Hao Thit Ga) - crispy summer salad with a zesty dressing | recipe from

Kohlrabi Chicken Salad (Goi Su Hao Thit Ga)

This easy recipe makes an amazing Kohlrabi Chicken Salad that is refreshingly, flavorful and light. In this dish, shredded kohlrabi, carrots, chicken and fresh herbs are combined to make a healthy salad with lots of flavor and crunch. If you’ve never had kohlrabi before, this is the perfect dish to get acquainted with this interesting […]

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Ham and Cheese Braided Bread | recipe from

Sweet Bread Recipe – Buns, Rolls and Breads (Banh Mi Ngot)

This Sweet Bread recipe is easy to make, delicious and super versatile. Use this basic dough recipe to make a tasty assortment of sweet and savory buns, dinner and crescent rolls, stuffed rolls and breads and more! The possibilities are endless. In this post, I share some of my favorite sweet bread variations.

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Puffy Golden Perfection: Fried Breadsticks (Dau Chao Quay / Youtiao / Patongka) | recipe from

Fried Breadsticks (Dau Chao Quay)

With their unique conjoined shapes, these delectable breadsticks are made of a simple dough deep-fried to golden perfection. Puffy and crispy on the outside and chewy and airy on the inside, the Fried Breadsticks are amazing hot and fresh. If you’ve always wanted to learn this recipe or have struggled with making these delectable breadsticks in the past, […]

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