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Tips and tricks for preparing banana leaves for your favorite Asian dishes | runawayrice.com

How to Prepare Banana Leaves

Many classic Asian dishes use banana leaves and if you’re daunted by how to prepare them, this short video will walk you through the easy steps.  Banana leaves are not eaten, but commonly used to wrap foods which are then steamed, boiled, grilled or even baked.  The leaves impart a wonderful aroma and lovely color to foods they are wrapped in.  […]

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Assorted Vietnamese Herbs | runawayrice.com

Quick Guide to Vietnamese Herbs

Herbs add such wonderful aroma, flavor and color to foods that it’s no wonder they’re such integral ingredients in Vietnamese cuisine. Without the inclusion of certain herbs, a dish could be rendered completely lacking and unappetizing. Can you imagine having Chicken or Beef Noodle Soup (Pho) without Thai basil? Just the lovely aroma of Thai basil conjures to mind a big, […]

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Homemade Chicken Stock--super simple and super tasty!

Chicken Stock (Nuoc Sup Ga, Nuoc Leo)

Learning how to make a good soup stock is an essential skill every cook should know.  Yes, it’s super easy to just buy cans of stock or broth but nothing tastes better than a slowly-simmered stock made with the freshest ingredients.  With the colder months quickly approaching, having ready-made chicken stock is really convenient when you want to quickly prepare your […]

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Freshly grated coconut--ready to add to your dishes or as a topping for desserts and other sweet treats!

How to Prepare Fresh Coconut

Daunted by the thought of opening a fresh coconut?  Worried you may chop your hand off?  Fear no more friends, it’s not as difficult as you may think!  In the below video I share tips and tricks for opening a coconut and the different tools you can use to prepare fresh coconut for your favorite dishes. […]

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Add flavor and color to your braised dishes with this unique caramel syrup.

Caramel Sauce (Nuoc Mau)

If you’re envisioning a sweet syrupy sauce to drizzle on top of ice cream and cakes, sorry friends, this is not that recipe.  This caramel sauce is made by cooking sugar to a dark molasses-like consistency that is slightly sweet and slightly bitter.  The sauce is then used to marinate meats or to add subtle flavor and color to dishes during cooking.  […]

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Scallion Oil (Mo Hanh) - Super easy to make! | recipe from runawayrice.com

Scallion Oil (Mo Hanh)

We’ve all seen these chopped scallions cooked in oil atop rice plates and as garnishes for noodles, meats and fish.  It adds a fresh onion flavor and a vibrant pop of color to any dish or meal.  This simple condiment is the easiest thing to make and one of the essential recipes every good cook should […]

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Must-Know and Easy Method for Cooking Mung Bean | recipe from runwayrice.com

Mung Bean – Shortcut Cooking Method

Grated or mashed, mung bean is an essential component in many Asian dishes and learning how to cook these beans properly is a fundamental skill for every cook to master.  The traditional way of cooking the mung bean is to steam the beans and then use a potato ricer to grate or mash the mung […]

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Vodka 5-Spices Marinade | recipe from runawayrice.com

Vodka 5-Spice Marinade (Ruou Thom)

This 5-spice marinade is an easy to make, must-have seasoning.  It works wonderfully with all types of meats and seafood.  Add a splash to noodles and veggie stir-frys to perk up the flavors.  I love the fragrant yet subtle taste.  Go ahead and make a few extra bottles and give them to your family and […]

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Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Mam Cham) - Shortcut Recipe! | recipe from runawayrice.com

Vietnamese Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Mam Cham) – Traditional Recipe

Vietnamese Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Mam Cham) is called the “awesome sauce” and every family has a unique recipe. I’ve had many versions of this quintessential dipping sauce and found every one likes this special fish sauce mixture a different way. There are variations to the acids used from different vinegars (distilled, rice wine, etc.) to lime or lemon juice. Different […]

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Carrot and Radish Pickles (Do Chua) - Easy Refrigerator Pickles Recipe | recipe from runawayrice.com

Carrot and Radish Pickles (Do Chua)

Carrot and Radish Pickles (Do Chua) are staple Vietnamese condiments and this easy refrigerator pickle recipe is so easy. This dynamic duo accompanies every Vietnamese rice plate and banh mi/baguette sandwich.

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