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Vietnamese chicken and pineapple stir fry

Four years ago, I found a chicken and pineapple recipe from an American-published Vietnamese cookbook and I cooked my version. A couple of weeks ago, in an episode of Luke Nguyen's Vietnam, I watched chef Luke Nguyen cook a very similar dish using thinly sliced pork neck. … [Read more...]

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Stir fried beef and chayote

Inspired by a dish that chef Luke Nguyen cooked in his TV show, this stir fried beef and chayote combo is another example of the yin-yang concept that is found across various Asian cuisines. The ingredients are simple, few and inexpensive, the seasonings are minimal, and … [Read more...]

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Vietnamese beef stew

Five out of the ten times we ate at Pho Hoa Restaurant, my husband ordered the beef stew served with buttered French bread (see photo). I've tasted it, liked it, and promised him that, someday, I'd cook Vietnamese beef stew at home. My husband, Speedy, was away for three … [Read more...]

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Lemongrass tamarind chicken

It is curious how one finds the basic sweet and sour dish in the cuisine of every Southeast Asian country. We Filipinos have our escabeche; the Thai have their Pad Preow Wan Kai (they even have a name for their sweet and sour sauce -- Nam Jim Priao Wan); the Malaysians have … [Read more...]

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How to make: Vietnamese spring rolls

We never go to a Vietnamese restaurant without ordering spring rolls. Between Pho Hoa and Pho Bac, I prefer the latter's spring rolls. Apart from that though, my vote goes to Pho Hoa all the way. It's always been my dream to make Vietnamese spring rolls at home but it wasn't … [Read more...]

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Cabbage rolls soup

There are two cabbage rolls recipes in the archive. One has chicken filling, served with white sauce and topped with grated cheese. The other is the more traditional version, stuffed with ground pork and simmered in tomato sauce. Little did I know that stuffed cabbage, or … [Read more...]

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Vietnamese chicken satay with nuoc cham

Chicken satay without peanuts. I couldn't believe it myself having associated satay with peanut butter. But this recipe from Vietnamese Cooking Made Easy (recipes by Nongkran Daks, Alexandra Greeley and Wendy Hutton; published by Periplus) is peanut-free. It is light and … [Read more...]

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Chicken in caramel sauce

It's amazing how intertwined Asian cuisines are. Southeast Asian countries have different versions of noodle soups, for instance. Chinese influence, definitely -- the Chinese have been trading with various Asian countries for centuries. In fact, in the Philippines, the … [Read more...]