Category Archives: Recipes

Cookbook review: Istanbul and Beyond

Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey Robin Eckhardt, with photography by David Hagerman Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $35 (352p) ISBN: 978-0-544-44431-7 “Everyday Turkish food is essentially uncomplicated, but it is never boring,” writes Robyn Eckhardt in her intro to … Continue reading

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P is for Preserves and my Favourite Vietnamese Chilli Paste

Viet cuisine is known for its fresh ingredients. At my mother-in-law’s table, greenery abounds, the fish and shrimp come from my sister-in-law’s family pond, and Mother buys fresh meat daily at the Đông Ba Market. Canned, bottled, and dry ingredients … Continue reading

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X is for Xửng…Mè Xửng

In the Việt kitchen, the letter X is tasty. I considered writing about xào, stir-frying, or xoài, mango, or perhaps xôi, sticky rice. Then my in-laws sent a huge package of goodies from Huế. Among the many local specialties were … 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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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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Cookbook review: Secrets of the Red Lantern: Stories and Vietnamese Recipes from the Heart

Secrets of the Red Lantern: Stories and Vietnamese Recipes from the Heart By Pauline Nguyen, with recipes by Luke Nguyen and Mark Jensen Secrets of the Red Lantern is really two books in one: a memoir and a cookbook. The … Continue reading

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Early Morning Muffins

tiptoeing at dawn- buttering tins in silence scent of fresh muffins This morning, I arose very early and decided to bake muffins for breakfast. As the first rays of sun found their way into my kitchen, I eased the fridge open … Continue reading

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Death by Chocolate; a birthday cake for a literary magazine

On December 6, 2011, literary magazine Pure Slush turned one, and celebrated with a cake party. Also in early December, Pure Slush published my creepy, creative non-fiction essay, Days Like This, so I celebrated both events by baking a cake for … Continue reading

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