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Pickled Mustard Greens (Dua Cai Chua)

Pickled Mustard Greens (Dua Cai Chua)

Mustard greens are sturdy vegetables and so are really great for pickling. When pickled just right they are crispy and satisfyingly tart.  My Mom use to make jars and jars of these delicious mustard greens around Vietnamese New Year/Tet for our family.  It wasn’t until I tried making them for myself that I quickly learned there is […]

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Dried Carrot Radish Pickles (Dua Mon) - Savory and Delish! | recipe from runawayrice.com

Dried Carrot and Radish Pickles (Dua Mon)

Although I could eat these Dried Carrot and Radish Pickles year-round, I only indulge in these savory, slightly sweet and crunchy pickles during Lunar New Year.  That’s because they are always served along-side New Year’s Sticky Rice and Mung Bean Cakes (Banh Chung or Banh Tet).  These pickles are salty good, thanks to the liberal use of […]

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Sesame Peanut Topping (Muoi Me Dau Phong)

Sweet and Salty Sesame Peanut Topping (Muoi Me Dau Phong)

Toasted sesame seeds, crushed roasted peanuts, a little sugar and a bit of salt–a simple combination that just excites my taste buds.  This delicious topping is commonly enjoyed on various sticky rice (xoi, a staple in the Viet diet) dishes and desserts.  I always have this sweet and savory mixture handy in my cupboard.  2 […]

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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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Sweet and Sour Sauce (Sot Chua Ngot)

Sweet and Sour Sauce (Sot Chua Ngot)

This dipping sauce seems to be everyone’s favorite–at least in my circle of family and friends.  I have some family members who will not eat egg rolls without this delectable sauce and I serve it almost as frequently as my Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce.  This recipe is really easy and fast to make.  My secret ingredient (well, not so […]

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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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Honey Soy Dipping Sauce | recipe from runawayrice.com

Honey Soy Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)

Just a few ingredients whisked together–it doesn’t get any easier than this!  This sweet, savory and tangy sauce makes an amazing dipping sauce for spring rolls and lettuce wraps, a tasty marinade for meats or a wonderful condiment for rice or other foods.  It’s a great alternative to the sauces made with fish sauce if you’re […]

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Coconut Sauce (Nuoc Cot Dua) - Essential Sweet Coconut Sauce for Asian Desserts | recipe from runawayrice.com

Coconut Sauce (Nuoc Dua)

Coconut sauce is the Asian version of whipped cream.  It’s a delicious, creamy and sweet topping for many Asian desserts.  This is a fundamental recipe every cook should master because you’ll use it again and again.  My recipe is not super sweet and I add a bit of salt to balance the sugar.  Feel free to add more […]

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Dipping Sauce Trio

Dipping Sauces (Nuoc Cham) – 3 Essential Recipes

Here’s a trio of delicious dipping sauces to serve with your favorite spring rolls, lettuce wraps, sandwiches, etc… The sauces can also be used as salad dressings or as meat marinades.  The Honey Lemongrass Lime goes great with chicken or fish.  The Hoisin Sesame Ginger is amazing with pork.  The Spicy Peanut which seems to be everyone’s favorite goes […]

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Delicious homemade mayo | recipe from runawayrice.com

Mayonnaise

No sandwich is complete without this delicious and creamy spread. I call mayonnaise “food lube” because it adds the needed silkiness and moisture to foods. As convenient as it is to buy mayo, have you ever thought about making it yourself? Why you ask? I’ll give you two reasons: 1) You know exactly what goes into it. There’s no artificial flavors or preservatives. 2) You […]

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