Archive | Appetizers & Sides

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

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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Clear Shrimp and Pork Dumplings (Banh Bot Loc Tran) | recipe from runawayrice.com

Clear Shrimp and Pork Dumplings (Banh Bot Loc Tran)

Savory and sweet shrimp and pork encased in a translucent and chewy dumpling skin make these some of the best dumplings around. A popular snack food, these scrumptious Clear Shrimp and Pork Dumplings (Banh Bot Loc Tran) are completely addicting. The combination of chewy and slippery dumpling skin filled with flavorful meat morsels and then dipped in a sweet fish sauce […]

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Sauted Summer Corn and Fresh Shrimp (Bap Xao Tom) - Enjoy summer's best flavors with this easy recipe! | runawayrice.com

Sautéed Summer Corn and Fresh Shrimp (Bap Xao Tom)

Give your corn dishes a reboot with this Sautéed Summer Corn and Fresh Shrimp recipe. Fresh sweet corn is cut from the cob and then quickly cooked with juicy shrimp, garlic, butter and green onions in a dish that celebrates all the best summertime flavors. This dish is too good to pass up. Super-easy to make, it can be served as a […]

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Savory Fresh Spring Rolls with Chinese Sausage, Jicama, Carrots, Shrimp and Egg with a delicious Dipping Sauce (Bo Bia) | recipe from runawayrice.com

Fresh Spring Rolls with Chinese Sausage (Bo Bia)

Crunchy jicama and carrots, crisp green leaf lettuce, fragrant Thai basil layered with savory Chinese sausage, dried shrimp and delicate egg ribbons are all wrapped in delicate rice paper making truly mouth-watering and refreshing spring rolls. The variety and abundance of colorful ingredients are what make these fresh spring rolls so unique and amazing! Serve these delicious rolls with a homemade sweet and […]

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Mango Salad with Shrimp - refreshing flavorful salad, super easy to make | recipe from runawayrice.com

Mango Shrimp Salad (Goi Xoai Tom)

Refreshing and light, this flavorful salad is made with unripened mangoes–which is crunchy and slightly tart, succulent shrimp, fragrant fresh herbs and spicy jalapenos and then drizzled with a zesty and sweet fish sauce dressing. If you love these bold flavors and textures, you’ll want to try this recipe. If you’re familiar with these flavors and drooling already, my work here is done! 🙂 Hope […]

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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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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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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 Fermented Pork / Nem Chua served with Vietnamese coriander, red chilies and garlic slices | recipe from runawayrice.com

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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Fresh Spring Rolls with Grilled Pork Sausage (Nem Nuong Cuon) | recipe from runawayrice.com

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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