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Tender Pork Spare Ribs in a Sweet and Sour Sauce--this dish is amazingly good and so simple to make!

Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs (Suon Xao Chua Ngot)

This dish of pork spare ribs cooked with a zesty sweet and sour sauce, bell peppers and sweet onions is a wonderfully comforting and satisfying.  It’s easy to make and you can serve this delicious stir-fry over rice for a simple meal or pair with a hearty soup for a truly belly-warming Vietnamese meal.  Enjoy! Notes on the Recipe, […]

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Freshly made, these savory cakes are perfect as a snack or meal!

Savory Rolled Cakes (Banh Cuon)

This dish brings back fond memories of cooking with my Mom when I was a child.  She would set up a station in our kitchen and we would make hundreds of these Savory Rolled Cakes to enjoy that day and to save for quick meals later.  My Mom would pour the batter and flip out the cakes.  […]

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Deep-fried to golden perfection, these fish patties are amazing!

Fish Cakes (Cha Ca)

If you’re not a big fish fan because of the ‘fishy’ taste or smell, these fish cakes are the perfect compromise.  The fish is lightly seasoned, processed into a smooth paste and can then be fried, steamed or baked.  You will love how amazing these cakes taste with their unique, springy texture.  The best part is they are […]

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Savory Steamed Rice Cakes (Banh Beo) | recipe from runawayrice.com

Savory Steamed Rice Cakes (Banh Beo)

These steamed rice cakes, topped with mung bean paste, toasted shrimp, and scallion oil are simply scrumptious.  The cakes are delicate with a slightly chewy texture; the mashed mung bean is savory and creamy and the toasted shrimp is wonderfully crunchy.   Served with the classic fish sauce dipping sauce and tangy pickles, it’s a party for your taste buds!  Delish! This recipe is […]

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Super healthy and tasty stir-fry. Love it!

Tofu and Eggplant Stir-Fry (Dau Hu Xao Ca Tim)

A vegetarian’s delight, this dish with pan-fried tofu and eggplant is healthy and delicious.  (Sorry, this is not the deep-fried and overly saucy dish you find in many Asian restaurants.)  It’s a light and flavorful dish that allows you to enjoy the tasty goodness of fresh vegetables without all the oil and heavy sauce.  This basic stir-fry is […]

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It wouldn't be Lunar New Year without this unique savory treat!

Jellied Pork (Thịt Đông)

If you are not familiar with this dish, it may look rather unusual.  What is this exactly?  Meat-filled snow globes?  Fossilized pork parts?  Interestingly, this dish of jellied meat is not distinct to just Asian cuisine, but is also popular in Eastern and Western European cuisine as well.  The traditional recipes use meats with cartilage such as hocks, feet, tails, […]

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Hot and fresh from the oven. Look at that bubbly, crispy skin. You can almost hear the CRUNCH!

Crispy Roast Pork (Thit Heo Quay)

I find most animal skins to be rather slimy and too fatty for consumption and so am not a fan, however, I break all the rules for this delectable dish.  With its thick, crispy skin and juicy, savory meat roasted to perfection, this dish is truly unique tasting.  The recipe is simple with an easy-to-make and […]

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Full of aromatic spices and robust flavor, this Viet-style Beef Stew is belly-warming good!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew (Bo Kho)

I love the simplicity of slow cooker meals and I am always looking to revamp some traditional Vietnamese dishes using an appliance most of us have.  Using a slower cooker is so effortless and if you’re busy like me, every bit of time-savings is a blessing.  With this easy recipe, you can prep everything (including searing the meat) the night […]

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Check out the recipe and learn the tricks for making this look like pork.

Mock Roast Pork/Seitan Roast Pork (Mi Can Xa Xiu)

I love seitan and have touted its versatility as a tasty meat substitute in earlier posts.  I’ve shared the basic seitan recipe and the one below is essentially the same except for two things:  1) we add soy sauce to the water to give it color and saltiness 2) we use a bit more baking powder to give it a […]

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