Archive | Noodles & Rice

A hearty and scrumptious soup that is so simple, you'll want this for your Top 10 easy meals.

Thick Noodles and Fish Cake Soup (Banh Canh Cha Ca)

When you think about making homemade noodles, you probably think about passing dough through a pasta press machine and expending hours of effort just to make a small batch of noodles.  Undoubtedly, fresh noodles are amazing. This recipe for Thick Noodles is completely different and much simpler.  It doesn’t require a lot of equipment, just a potato ricer.  If you […]

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This dish can be enjoyed hot or cold. Simply delicious!

Baked Bean Thread Noodles with Crab (Mien Xao Cua Dut Lo)

If you enjoy baked dishes, you’ll love this week’s recipe which I call a Vietnamese casserole.  I wish more recipes were this simple–we lightly stir-fry some vegetables with crab meat, add in the noodles, seasoned chicken stock and then bake.  Everything comes out piping hot, perfectly cooked and so delicious.  The noodles are substantial enough that they can be served as a main dish.  Without a doubt […]

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Savory Sticky Rice topped with Scallion Oil, fried garlic and served with a side of chili soy sauce.

Savory Sticky Rice (Xoi Man)

This is my shortcut recipe for Savory Sticky Rice also called Sticky Rice with Egg, Chinese Sausage, Shrimp, and Chicken.  I call this dish Asian jambalaya because it’s a smattering of different ingredients but, put together, it is deliciously harmonious and satisfying.  The traditional way of cooking the sticky rice is in a steamer.  My shortcut method is to use a […]

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Stir Fried Egg Noodles

Stir-Fried Egg Noodles (Mi Xao Mem)

This scrumptious dish with abundant egg noodles, vegetables and roast pork is my go-to-dish when there’s a potluck at work, a gathering of girlfriends for good food and gossip or an easy buffet-style dinner with family and friends.  I find this dish to be universally appealing even with pickiest or less than adventurous eaters.  I think it’s because everyone loves noodles!  I […]

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A Tantalizing Trio: Rice Vermicelli, Egg Rolls and Grilled Shrimp served with the quintessential Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce (Bun Cha Gio Tom Nuong)

Grilled Shrimp, Egg Rolls and Rice Vermicelli (Bun Cha Gio Tom Nuong)

Savory lemongrass grilled shrimp, crispy egg rolls on mounds of springy rice vermicelli and fresh greens–This is a favorite dish among those dining out mainly because it’s perceived as complicated with all of the different ingredients.  Yes, this dish requires a lot of ingredients and component recipes but it’s truly simple and consists of some very basic Viet recipes:  Rice Vermicelli, […]

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Savory Sticky Rice Stuffing

Sticky Rice “Stuffing”

Are you in need of a dish to bring to a holiday meal that is sure to please all palates?  Perhaps you’re seeking a dish with some Asian pizzazz for your holiday dinner.  Well friends, this super simple dish is for you!  It’s a stuffing (or dressing as some call it) recipe that has the scrumptious seasonal flavors […]

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Won Ton Noodle Soup (Mi Hoanh Thanh)

Won Ton Noodle Soup (Mi Hoanh Thanh)

As the weather cools I gravitate toward soupy dishes and my favorite soups always have lots of noodles like this delicious Won Ton Noodle Soup.  The soup is quite eclectic with its variety of ingredients.  It has hearty meat-filled dumplings, savory roast pork, succulent shrimp, leafy greens, oodles of egg noodles, sprigs of fresh herbs and a sautéed garlic topping to add the right amount […]

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Sticky Rice Hominy Mung Bean Onion

Sticky Rice and Hominy (Xoi Bap)

Sticky rice or Xoi is a staple ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine.  What can I say, we are carb lovers with our abundant variety of rice, noodles and doughs.  The glutinous, slightly chewy texture of the sticky rice is pure comfort food.  And since sticky rice is mild in flavor, it goes well with just about everything!  This recipe pairs […]

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Grilled Pork with Rice Vermicelli

Grilled Pork with Rice Vermicelli (Bun Cha)

This dish is the perfect combination of smokey grilled meats, springy rice noodle, fresh herbs and tangy pickles.  Of course we can’t forget the essential dipping sauce which brings the whole dish together.  Serve it as a cold salad by mixing all the ingredients together.  Add the dipping sauce just before serving or serve on […]

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Vermicelli Soup with Chicken, Pork Roll and Egg

Vermicelli Soup with Chicken, Steamed Pork Roll and Egg (Bun Thang)

When I moved away for college, this was the dish I made regularly.  With its hearty broth, rice vermicelli, shredded chicken, steamed pork roll, fried eggs and fresh greens, this soup was (and still is) the perfect combination of Viet flavors.  It’s a dish that was pretty simple to make and I felt good about cooking some authentic Vietnamese food for myself.  My recipe […]

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