Category Archives: Cooking

G is for Ginger / Gừng

Sao mặt bạn nhăn như khỉ ăn gừng? Why are you wrinkling your face like a monkey eating ginger? (A Vietnamese expression) I don’t know what I’d do without ginger. I use so much of it that I grow it … Continue reading

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F is for Fish Sauce, Flavour, Phan Thiết and Phú Quốc

The Vietnamese alphabet has no letter F. But it does have the letter PH, as in phở, and also Phan Thiết  and Phú Quốc, two places famous for fish sauce. The former is a southeastern coastal city. The latter is … Continue reading

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E is for Eggs: Fertilized eggs, quail eggs and sunny-side-up eggs.

The first time I tasted an egg from a bird other than a chicken, I had just moved out of my parents’ home into my first apartment. While buying groceries to stock up my new kitchen, I spotted a display … Continue reading

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D is for Rock Sugar: Đường Phèn (From My Vietnamese Pantry)

(This blog post originally appeared 2012/08/31, but I’ve updated it here to include with my A to Z tour of Vietnamese foods and ingredients.) . Ngọt như đường cát, mát như đường phèn. Sweet as sand sugar (refined sugar), cool … Continue reading

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C is for Cà Phê: Vietnamese Coffee

Whenever I leave Việt Nam for an extended time, I pack as much of my favourite coffee from Huế as I can carry, usually several kilos. It’s never enough. Upon returning, going out with friends for a glass of cà … Continue reading

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B is for buns: bánh bao

Bánh bao is the Vietnamese version of the fluffy, steamed filled bun so popular in Asian cultures (and Western ones too!) A fresh steamed bun is a delight. I made these ones a few weeks ago. From Chinese bāozi and Pinoy … Continue reading

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A is for Annatto Seeds

Big A, little a, what begins with A? According to Dr. Seuss’s ABC, “Aunt Annie’s alligator …. A . . a . . A” I used to read that book to my nieces when they were little. We all still … Continue reading

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Communion, A Culinary Journey through Vietnam: book review

Kim Fay’s Communion, A Culinary Journey through Vietnam, is a book that lives up to its title. The author takes the reader along as she travels Việt Nam from north to south, researching, cooking and tasting along the way. It’s also a … Continue reading

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Watermelon, Watermelon!

seedless watermelon – no pip-spitting contests fruit for serious adults (a haiku for dVerse Poets Open Link Night, week 52) Chef Shane Brierly’s kitchen team at Lifestyle Resort Đà Nẵng knows what to do with a watermelon. This is commis … Continue reading

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On Eating Dog in Việt Nam

When readers see that “dog meat” is the topic here, I imagine the first reaction, after “ugh”, will be moral indignation. Let me address this first: I choose not to eat dog, but on an intellectual level, I am not … Continue reading

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