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Savory Fresh Spring Rolls with Chinese Sausage, Jicama, Carrots, Shrimp and Egg with a delicious Dipping Sauce (Bo Bia) | recipe from runawayrice.com

Fresh Spring Rolls with Chinese Sausage (Bo Bia)

Crunchy jicama and carrots, crisp green leaf lettuce, fragrant Thai basil layered with savory Chinese sausage, dried shrimp and delicate egg ribbons are all wrapped in delicate rice paper making truly mouth-watering and refreshing spring rolls. The variety and abundance of colorful ingredients are what make these fresh spring rolls so unique and amazing! Serve these delicious rolls with a homemade sweet and […]

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Mango Salad with Shrimp - refreshing flavorful salad, super easy to make | recipe from runawayrice.com

Mango Shrimp Salad (Goi Xoai Tom)

Refreshing and light, this flavorful salad is made with unripened mangos–which is crunchy and slightly tart, succulent shrimp, fragrant fresh herbs and spicy jalapenos and then drizzled with a zesty and sweet fish sauce dressing. If you love these bold flavors and textures, you’ll want to try this recipe. If you’re familiar with these flavors and drooling already, my work here is done! 🙂 Hope […]

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Rare Beef in Lime Juice Salad (Bo Tai Chanh), recipe from runawayrice.com

Rare Beef in Lime Juice Salad (Bo Tai Chanh)

Flavorful and refreshing, this tasty Rare Beef in Lime Juice Salad is the perfect nom nom food. The minimally cooked beef is tender and succulent. The lime juice is fresh and distinct but not at all overwhelming and the fragrant assorted herbs are what pulls this entire dish together. Serve atop sesame rice crackers, rice chips or tortilla chips, this dish makes one amazing appetizer! Enjoy! Notes on the Recipe, […]

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Cured Pork enjoyed with your favorite adult beverage!

Cured / Fermented Pork (Nem Chua)

If dishes could be classified as masculine or feminine, Cured Pork or Fermented Pork is a manly dish because it’s a favorite snack with the men when they’re hanging out and drinking beers.  The tartness of the appetizer in contrast to the cold, often bitter beer, spicy garlic and chilies is an addicting combination.  If you’re […]

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Yampi Root/Yam Soup with Shrimp (Canh Khoai Mo) -- garnish with Rice Paddy Herb for a pop of freshness and flavor!

Yampi Root/Yam Soup (Canh Khoai Mo)

I’ve always been fascinated by the creamy, silkiness of this soup.  The fact that this unique slippery texture comes from a root vegetable is equally intriguing.  What exactly is this mysterious vegetable?  My research tells me this vegetable, called the Yampi Root, is a tuber in the yam family.  It’s called by many different names and often […]

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Vietnamese Egg Rolls made with Pork, Shrimp, Carrots, Taro Root and Noodles -- the recipe is everyone's favorite! | recipe from runawayrice.com

Egg Rolls (Cha Gio/Nem Ran)

This is my Mom’s recipe and I have to say, these egg rolls are the best I’ve tasted.  (Thanks Mom!)  I like the balance of meat–pork and shrimp, and vegetables in the filling.  This recipe uses carrots which is quite common.  The taro root is a differentiating ingredient and adds a nice mealy texture to […]

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These tasty Vietnamese beef meatballs can be served as an appetizer with a dipping sauce or added to soups, noodles soups, stir frys and more!

Beef Meatballs (Bo Vien)

If this is your first time trying these Vietnamese meatballs you may be surprised by the consistency.  They are not soft like American or Italian meatballs.  On the contrary, they are springy and sometimes described as “rubbery”–but in a good way.  There’s a specific Vietnamese word “dai” to describe the consistency of these beef meatballs.  […]

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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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Chicken Liver Pate | recipe from runawayrice.com

Chicken Liver Pate (Pate Gan Ga)

Not sure if you’ve had or even like pate?  If you’ve had a Vietnamese sandwich (banh mi) chances are you’ve eaten this delicious spread.  Typically made of liver, it’s combined with fresh herbs and spices and then whipped into a creamy spreadable paste.  Yes, it makes an amazing condiment for sandwiches (Check out the recipe for Grilled […]

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