Archive | Appetizers & Sides

A Vietnamese Sandwich (Banh Day)--Vietnamese ham layered between sticky rice cakes | recipe from runawayrice.com

Steamed Rice Cakes and Pork Roll (Banh Day)

A thick slice of pork roll layered between two glutinous steamed rice cakes makes this savory dish one amazing snack. Call it a Vietnamese sandwich, this tasty treat is full of flavor and texture. Glutinous rice flour is what gives these delicious cakes the uniquely sticky and chewy texture. The ingredients are simple and the recipe is […]

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Steamed Pork Roll also called Vietnamese Ham is a popular food served during Lunar Lunar Year | recipe from runawayrice.com

Steamed Pork Roll (Cha Lua/Gio Lua)

Steamed Pork Roll is a mildly-seasoned, finely-ground pork wrapped in aromatic banana leaves and then steamed to perfection.  Also known as Vietnamese Ham, it’s a popular ingredient in sandwiches and many Asian dishes.  This easy, no-fail recipe shares all the tips and tricks for making this successfully at home.  No more buying at the store where the quality […]

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Rare Beef in Lime Juice Salad (Bo Tai Chanh), recipe from runawayrice.com

Rare Beef in Lime Juice Salad (Bo Tai Chanh)

Flavorful and refreshing, this tasty Rare Beef in Lime Juice Salad is the perfect nom nom food. The minimally cooked beef is tender and succulent. The lime juice is fresh and distinct but not at all overwhelming and the fragrant assorted herbs are what pulls this entire dish together. Serve atop sesame rice crackers, rice chips or tortilla chips, this dish makes one amazing appetizer! Enjoy! Notes on the Recipe, […]

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Hearty Vietnamese Fish Soup with Fresh Dill--one of the easiest soups to make!

Fish Soup with Dill (Canh Ca Thi La)

This delicious soup is all about the goodness of using fresh ingredients.  Loaded with chunks of fish, carrots, Daikon radish, tomatoes and fragrant fresh dill, it’s a simple dish you can put together very quickly.  If you’re looking for a new and unique soup your family will love, this is the recipe to try!  The carrots and Daikon radish are a natural sweetener for […]

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No preservatives or additives, just all wholesome goodness!

Soy Milk (Sua Dau Nanh)

Soy milk has become so mainstream that it’s now very easy to find.  Every coffee shop and most restaurants now offer it as an alternative to cow’s milk.  Health food stores are fully stocked with a wide variety of soy milks in different flavors.  I’ve tried most of the products on the market.  They are good, inexpensive and quite convenient.  If you have […]

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Grilled to perfection and absolutely mouth-watering!

Beef Wrapped in Betel Leaves (Bo La Lot)

This is a favorite summertime dish because I can make it on the grill, a cooking method I just love because it gives foods such a tasty, smoky aroma.  Betel leaves are a tender green with a fragrant aroma and a slightly bitter taste.  The leaf is sturdy and when grilled gets a bit charred which further […]

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Cured Pork enjoyed with your favorite adult beverage!

Cured / Fermented Pork (Nem Chua)

If dishes could be classified as masculine or feminine, Cured Pork or Fermented Pork is a manly dish because it’s a favorite snack with the men when they’re hanging out and drinking beers.  The tartness of the appetizer in contrast to the cold, often bitter beer, spicy garlic and chilies is an addicting combination.  If you’re […]

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Tamarind is what put the sour in this delicious soup.

Sour Soup with Fish (Canh Chua Ca)

Sour Soup?  The word “sour” may be off-putting to some and not a taste that is immediately appealing.  The name of this dish is the direct translation for this soup’s Vietnamese name “Canh Chua” but some subtleties get lost in translation.  I’d rather call this “Perfectly Balanced Tart, Savory, and Sweet with Abundant Vegetables and Hearty Fish Soup” […]

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Enjoy these refreshing spring rolls with a sweet and savory dipping sauce!

Grilled Pork Sausage Fresh Spring Rolls (Nem Nuong Cuon)

I admit it–I’ll eat anything rolled in rice paper.  My all-time favorite dish is Pork and Shrimp Fresh Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon) and on its heels is this dish.  I absolutely love all the different tastes and textures of these unique spring rolls: the flavorful and hearty grilled pork sausages, the refreshing lettuce and aromatic herbs, the […]

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