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Tamarind is what put the sour in this delicious soup.

Sour Soup with Fish (Canh Chua Ca)

Sour Soup?  The word “sour” may be off-putting to some and not a taste that is immediately appealing.  The name of this dish is the direct translation for this soup’s Vietnamese name “Canh Chua” but some subtleties get lost in translation.  I’d rather call this “Perfectly Balanced Tart, Savory, and Sweet with Abundant Vegetables and Hearty Fish Soup” […]

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Delicious and easy to make!

Stir-Fried Water Spinach and Beef (Rau Muong Xao Thit Bo)

Looking for ways to incorporate nutrient-rich leafy greens into your diet?  Then you must try this easy stir-fry dish made with water spinach.  Water spinach (as you may have guessed from its name) is a juicy, leafy green loaded with vitamins A, C, iron and fiber.  With its long tapered leaves and abundant stalks, this vegetable is sturdy and […]

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So easy to make these delicious Grilled Pork Sausages are perfect for summertime grilling!

Grilled Pork Sausages (Nem Nuong)

I love making these homemade Grilled Pork Sausages (Nem Nuong) because I can control exactly what goes in them.  No random animal parts, preservatives or red food coloring in this recipe.  It’s super simple and you’ll love the way these sausages taste.  This is a great meat dish to grill for your outdoor events but they […]

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Spicy Stir-Fried Crab Claws - these claws are cut and scored making them so much easier to open!

Spicy Stir-Fried Crab Legs (Cua Xao Gung Ot)

During the summertime I love dining outside and am always looking for casual meals to take outdoors.  So I love dishes where everything can be made in one big wok or pot and then taken right to the table.   This Spicy Stir-Fried Crab Legs is that perfect summertime dish.  Quick and easy to make, these crab […]

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Delicious Savory Crepes Served with Fresh Herbs and Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce | recipe from runawayrice.com

Sizzling Savory Crepes (Banh Xeo)

It looks like an omelette but is often called a pancake or crepe.  “Banh” means cake and “Xeo” means sizzle–that’s the sound the batter makes when it’s poured into the hot skillet.  So “Sizzle Cake” is translated here to Sizzling Savory Crepes.   Whatever you call it,  these savory cakes made from a rice flour batter, filled with meat, […]

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Sweet and Tangy--these ribs are mouth-watering!

Asian-Style Beef Short Ribs (Suon Nuong)

Love ribs but not quite sure how to make them?  This easy recipe makes perfectly tender, juicy and flavorful ribs.  We finish the ribs on the grill to get that nice charred taste and then top it off with a generous amount of a sweet and savory glaze.  Is your mouth-watering yet? Notes on the recipe Usually when making these ribs […]

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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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Vietnamese Ginger Chicken (Ga Kho Gung) - fragrant and fresh ginger with a savory sauce! | recipe from runawayrice.com

Ginger Chicken (Ga Kho Gung)

This classic Viet dish, Ginger Chicken, strikes a wonderful balance between zesty, sweet and savory.  The ginger is mildly spicy and wonderfully fragrant.  Add in the robust marinade and you have a flavorful dish that is super easy to make.  This is one of my favorites when I need to put a meal together fast.  Add rice and some steamed vegetables […]

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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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Asian-Style Baked Salmon (Cá Hồi Nướng) - Foolproof way to bake delicious salmon. | recipe from runawayrice.com

Asian-Style Baked Salmon (Cá Hồi Nướng)

Love eating fish but dislike all the prep work?  This fool-proof Baked Salmon (Ca Hoi Nuong) 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 […]

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