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Secret ingredients for making flavorful Pork Stock...

Pork Stock (Nuoc Leo)

Aromatic and flavorful Pork Stock can be made easily at home with this recipe. Having a clear golden liquid and rich full-bodied flavor are crucial success factors when making homemade stock. In addition to using good, fresh ingredients, the keys to a beautiful and tasty Pork Stock are the preparation and cooking methods. In this […]

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Roasted Sesame Seeds 5

How to Roast Sesame Seeds

Roasted sesame seeds are essential ingredients in many recipes and they are so easy to make. Skip the store-bought variety that’s been sitting on the shelf for eons. It takes just minutes to make roasted sesame seeds at home.

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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 Pho or Beef 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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