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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 Yampi Soup (Canh Khoai Mo).  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 […]

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Egg Rolls (Cha Gio) - Authentic Vietnamese Recipe | recipe from runawayrice.com

Egg Rolls (Cha Gio/Nem Ran)

This is my Mom’s Egg Rolls (Cha Gio/Nem Ran) 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 […]

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Chicken Liver Pate (Pate Gan) - So Delicious and Easy to Make | 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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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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Papaya Salad and Beef Jerky (Goi Du Du Kho Bo)

Papaya Salad – 2 Ways (Goi Du Du)

Eating green papaya is a Viet favorite and using it in salads is a wonderful way to enjoy this tasty tropical fruit.  Green papaya, like most green fruit, is unripened and not at all sweet.  Green papaya has a really interesting texture–crunchy and slightly chewy.  I’ve received numerous requests for papaya salad recipes and often wonder which one is being […]

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Hot Pastry Pies Cut w Cooling Rack

Hot Pastry Pies (Pate Chaud)

These French-inspired savory hot pastry pies are filled with ground meat and vegetables and then baked to a beautiful golden brown color.  The typical recipe uses ground pork with a puff pastry dough.  My version is a lighter and healthier option.  Any ground meat works well in this recipe but I especially like lean ground turkey or chicken.  I […]

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Shrimp and Yam Toast (Banh Mi Chien Tom)

Shrimp and Yam Toast (Banh Mi Chien Tom)

I love deep-fried foods just as much as everyone else but I resist making most dishes at home mainly for health reasons.  And so, I am always altering recipes that require deep frying for healthier cooking options.  I’ve found that pan-cooking works in most cases and this dish is a great recipe redo.  The traditional Vietnamese fritters recipe does […]

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Vegetarian  Spring Rolls

Vegetarian Fresh Spring Rolls (Bi Cuon Chay)

I love these vegetarian spring rolls even more than the meaty version with pork and shrimp. These refreshing rolls are a vegetarian’s delight with jicama, yams, carrots, tofu and bean thread noodle tossed in fragrant roasted rice powder.  If you’ve never had roasted rice powder, this is a wonderful recipe for you to be introduced […]

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Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps - Just like Cheesecake Factory Appetizer | recipe from runawayrice.com

Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps

If you need a tasty dish with lots of pizzazz, look no further! These Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps are beautiful when assembled, absolutely scrumptious and so much fun to eat. There’s something so carefree (and messy!) about eating with your fingers and this is the perfect dish for you to just dig in. Grab a […]

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Sticky Rice and Mung Bean Dumpling (Banh Khuc) - savory and hearty Vietnamese dumplings | recipe from runawayrice.com

Sticky Rice and Mung Bean Dumplings (Banh Khuc)

There is nothing more satisfying than these savory steamed dumplings filled with mung bean, ground chicken and covered with sticky rice.  In Viet cuisine we use a lot of glutinous/sticky rice which gives foods that chewy, sticky consistency and it is a texture that I crave often.  It’s pure comfort food!  These dumplings are a bit time-consuming to […]

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