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Viet-style version of steak and potatoes--This hearty dish is a snap to make and a dish the whole family will enjoy!

Stir-Fried Beef and Potatoes (Bo Xao Khoai Tay)

If you’re busy like me you often don’t have time to plan the week’s meals in advance.  As a result, you may find yourself roaming the grocery store aisles looking for inspiration and trying to figure out what to make that’s healthy and fast.  Well, the next time you come up short on meal ideas, give this recipe a try.  This […]

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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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This unique tasting cake is a cross between a sponge cake and cheese cake and is absolutely heavenly!

Cotton Cheesecake / Japanese Cheesecake

This is my new favorite dessert and after you try this recipe it will become your favorite too. It’s the perfect combination of sponge cake and cheesecake in both taste and texture. What I also love about this cake is that it’s not overly sweet as some cakes can be. The combination of fluffy cake […]

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Seitan, fresh lemongrass and spicy curry powder makes this one fragrant and delicious meat-free dish!

Curry Lemongrass Seitan Stir-Fry (Mi Can Xao Xa Ot)

It looks like chicken but is actually seitan (mock meat, also called wheat meat).  Seitan is so easy to make and so versatile as a substitute for meat.  In this dish we combine pan fried seitan strips with fresh lemongrass and spicy curry powder to make a super simple and super tasty vegetarian dish.  Whoever said being vegetarian meant […]

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Foolproof way to baked salmon. Give it a try!

Asian-Style Baked Salmon (Cá Hồi Nướng)

Love eating fish but dislike all the prep work?  This fool-proof Baked Salmon recipe is a guaranteed winner and a great way to make a tasty and healthy meal for your family.  We marinate a whole salmon fillet with an Asian-style sauce and then bake it in a very straightforward way–no fancy gadgets or equipment needed,just some tin […]

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Tamarind Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Mam Me) - this unique Vietnamese dipping sauce is perfect combination of tart, spicy and sweet. It's goes perfectly with fish and seafood!

Tamarind Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Mam Me)

If you’ve had this tangy, spicy and slightly sweet sauce, just the thought of it should start you salivating.  Made of tamarind, garlic, red chilies, lime juice, sugar and fish sauce this sauce is a unique combination of tart and sweet.  A tantalizing concoction, this sauce is typically served with baked fish wrapped in rice paper and […]

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A delicious dessert you don't have to feel guilty about eating - check out this diet-friendly recipe!

Plantains, Cassava and Tapioca Pearls Dessert (Che Chuoi Khoai Mi Bot Bang)

This scrumptious Viet dessert is made with plantains and cassava cooked into a sweet and creamy tapioca pudding.  For those not familiar with this dessert, it is decadently sweet and rich thanks to the generous use of sugar and coconut milk as per the traditional recipe.  As good as the first bite always tastes,  I find this dessert to be overly sweet […]

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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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