Category Archives: Food

J is for Jackfruit (Mít)

Jackfruit grow on short stalks right from the trunk and branches. They are the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, bigger even than the durian. While a typical fruit might weigh anywhere from 15 to 20 kg, they can reach up … Continue reading

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In a Việt Kitchen

One thing I have in my kitchen that neither my husband’s mother nor anyone in his family even owns is cookbooks. My mother-in-law has never followed a written recipe. She cooks according to what’s in season, what’s suitable for the season … Continue reading

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H is for Hạt Dưa: Watermelon Seeds (and also for harmful and hazard)

Crick, crack, snick, ptooi. The sound of a group of people cracking seeds brings to my imagination a pack of squirrels let loose at a bird seed factory. Tết is the season of melon seeds. Snacking on them practically becomes … Continue reading

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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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