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Pasteurizing eggs is a must-do process to safely eat uncooked eggs | runawayrice.com

How to Pasteurize Eggs

Have a recipe calling for uncooked eggs but worry about harmful microorganisms that may make you sick? Pasteurize the eggs first and then you can safely consume them. The process is super easy and can be completed in less than 10 minutes. Notes, Tips and Tricks These days a lot of eggs in the market […]

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Tofu (Dau Hu) - Healthy and delicious easy homemade recipe | recipe from runawayrice.com

Tofu / Bean Curd (Dau Hu)

Fragrant and delicious, tofu is so easy to make at home with this simple 3-ingredient recipe. Talk about goodness that’s so much fresher and healthier than the store-bought versions. There are no preservatives or ingredients you can’t pronounce in this tofu. If you’re familiar with making Soy Milk, you’ll find this recipe to be a cinch! […]

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Briny and delicious, these Salted Eggs are simply amazing! | recipe from runawayrice.com

Salted Eggs (Trung Muoi)

If you’ve never had Salted Eggs, you’re in for a treat. These briny eggs will wake-up your taste buds and have you craving this unique yet simple dish. In this recipe, chicken (or ducks) eggs are soaked in brine and spices permeating them with salty goodness. The eggs can then be hard-boiled, steamed, fried or used as ingredients in other […]

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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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