Vietnamese Recipes

How to Roll Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls – A Photo Tutorial

How to Roll Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls – A Photo Tutorial

Since writing my first Fresh Spring Roll tutorial back in 2008, I’ve received many more questions about how to roll and store spring rolls successfully. So I’ve been meaning to update my tutorial with better photos and more precise instructions. Voila, four years later, I’ve finally made it happen!

Eating fresh Vietnamese spring rolls (summer rolls) is a favorite dish that I grew up with and one dish that I absolutely love sharing with my friends. Todd and I have frequent spring roll parties where »

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Umami Turkey Rosemary Burgers with Avocado

Umami Turkey Rosemary Burgers with Avocado

It’s been almost 3 years since we last posted our favorite family burger recipe, Ultimate Umami Hamburgers. Our “secret” ingredient of adding fish sauce isn’t so secret anymore and it we’re so grateful that over the years, everyone was extremely open to heightening the umami factor in their burgers. It brings us great joy and pride to know that so many of you are grilling for extra flavor!

Fear of fish sauce is still prevalent in many home cooks and without a doubt, we completely »

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Hardcore Vietnamese Bánh Mì- The “Bang Me”‘ Fried Egg Recipe

Hardcore Vietnamese Bánh Mì- The “Bang Me”‘ Fried Egg Recipe

A naughty conversation on Twitterled me to scribble this post in my head. My mental ramblings often distract me from daily priorities and combine that with the power of twitter chit chat, I was pretty worthless for the rest of the day. I adore twitter hard, really hard because it’s enlightened me with new friendships and stimulating discussions that reach the far corners of the world. #Twitter #Love

Bánh Mì, the Vietnamese sandwich that has become a cultural icon, was the topic that excitedly ensued »

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Bacon Lettuce Tomato (BLT) Spring Roll – I broke the rules. Sorry, Mom.

Bacon Lettuce Tomato (BLT) Spring Roll – I broke the rules. Sorry, Mom.

Update: here’s our latest tutorial on how to make and roll spring rolls .

I sincerely hope after this recipe goes live that no one pounds me with a beating of 20 lashes because I broke some rules. Sometimes a girl needs a little culinary excitement in her life and if it means venturing outside my cultural comfort zone to feed myself, I’ll game for the challenge. I’ll also brace myself for the bruises.

The person I’m most concerned about is my Mother, the kitchen »

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Nail Shop Eats- Vietnamese Chicken Cabbage Salad Competition

DeliciousVietnam is a monthly blogging event celebrating the love and diversity of Vietnamese cuisine.  Delicious Vietnam was  founded by Anh of Food Lovers Journey and Hong and Kim of Ravenous Couple.

I’m joining in on this month’s festivities and sharing my Vietnamese Chicken Salad Recipe. If you love Vietnamese food and have a great recipe post to share, please join the community!

My Mother has acquired an unprecedented fan basehere on our blog since I started writing about her Nail Shop Eats escapades and she »

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Vietnamese Style Pickled Carrots from Eating Local Cookbook


I’ve fully embraced the fact that I’m addicted to salt and crunchies. To preen me away from a jar of anything picked is like separating a mother bear from her cub. Please don’t get between me and my precious jar of pickled vegetables. Just don’t even think of going there. OK?

With that submission to salt made clear, I’m blaming it all on my Vietnamese heritage because I pretty much started at birth (once I moved to solids) to eating pickled foods as part of my meals. »

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Vietnamese Caramel Braised Pork Belly Banh Mi – Nail Shop Eats #4

The leaning tower of pork belly banh mi: not for the light hearted

I’m not a comedian, nor was I trying to be one when I spoke frankly about my mother’s Nail shop cooking escapades. Like I’ve always said, my mother is a culinary fool, a manic of a woman who lives to feed her family of 6 kids and our extended family of neighborhood friends. She’s been known to get even more carried away and feed her nail shop clients homemade noodles and fish »

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Versatile Curry Gravy with Fried Fish (or what ever you heart!)

I can’t imagine a life without curry. Thinking about it brings a void and desperate plea to my palate, “Noooooo!”  The warm, fragrant combination of spices topped over warm rice, tofu, veggies,  fish or meats is indispensable for me. Long ago, I swore to not live a bland life. I shall not live curry-less.

As versatile as it is delicious, my curry gravy is great accompaniment to almost any dish that needs a quick burst of flavor. Simple olive or grape seed oil, garlic and »

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The Ultimate Umami Burger

The Ultimate Umami Burger

For the longest time, we’ve been making the best darn hamburger on the face of this earth (insert personal bias.) We’ve never had a specific name for the recipe until someone tagged it as the “magic meat”, but not as in “mystery meat” or “I can’t tell if this is chicken or beef.” Rather, it was to describe the magical flavor sensations that everyone experienced when they bit into one of our patties. That “magic meat” term  described the juicy, flavorful and savory burger patty »

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Vegetable/Herb Spring Rolls for Summer Fest 2009- Share your recipes, garden tips & stories

Vegetable/Herb Spring Rolls for Summer Fest 2009- Share your recipes, garden tips & stories

A new blogging event has just launched and this time, it’s a fun, free for all celebration of Summer’s bounty! Started last Summer by Margaret Roach of Away to Garden and Deb Puchalla, which was called Food Fest, lovers of everything fresh, delicious, and/or from the garden shared ideas and recipes from across the globe. Last summer’s event was a cross-blog event where they would announce a food or “crop” in advance and they would then swap recipes, growing tips, lore and whatever else came »

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Vietnamese Hot Coffee – Camp Drinking

I’m an addict and I don’t care.

It’s not that I can’t go anywhere without having my daily, tasty coffee.  It is just that I don’t want to.  Headaches aren’t an issue, nor do I get all that grumpy without a morning hit of caffeine, however my morning coffees provide a brief moment of calm bliss.  Sanctuary lies in a cappuccino with a perfect, velvety foam, Vietnamese coffees (hot or cold – ca phe sau da or ca phe sua nong), or a simple espresso »

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New blog look, New projects, Same Us

Wow, how fast have things changed since we started blogging over a year and a half ago. When we stumbled onto blogging, we never expected to find so much companionship, support, opportunities and inspiration from all of you. Every day is a new learning experience and each passing day is not only a lesson in blogging, but friendship, patience, caution and education in every facet imaginable.

Thank you to for being such an integral part of our blogging world and teaching us how to become »

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Sriracha Recipe – Homemade Chili Sriracha Hot Sauce

Sriracha Recipe – Homemade Chili Sriracha Hot Sauce

Twitter got me into some big trouble. Last week, I innocently twittered a photograph of some Vietnamese condiments for a Viet Nhậu (tapas) party we were having for one of our Supper Club Dinners. In that picture, there were some yummy, traditional Vietnamese toppings of scallion oil confit, fried crispy shallots and many more goodies I prepared for the evenings feast. But I never thought a simple Twitter mention of “homemade sriracha hot sauce” would cause such a commotion, create incessant demands for the recipe, »

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Star Anise Braised Pork Belly & quail eggs  (Thit Heo Kho Hoa Hoi)

Star Anise Braised Pork Belly & quail eggs (Thit Heo Kho Hoa Hoi)

Another braised pork recipe, you ask? Well, I wasn’t planning on inundating this weeks postings with braised pork but timing seemed appropriate for a number of reasons. Adding to the fact that I love braised pork in ten million different ways, I’ve gotta start writing about braised pork enough to cover it all in my blog lifetime!

Since my last write up about my mother’s classic Vietnamese braised pork in caramel, I’ve received so many touching e-mails and comments from readers about not only the »

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Vietnamese Braised Pork & eggs in caramel – Thit Heo Kho Trung  Flashbacks from my mom’s kitchen

Vietnamese Braised Pork & eggs in caramel – Thit Heo Kho Trung Flashbacks from my mom’s kitchen

If I could name one of the many comfort foods in Vietnamese cuisine that brings back warm, delicious memories to all my Viet friends and family, it would be this dish: Thit heo kho trung, braised pork belly (or shoulder/butt) with boiled eggs. It’s the comfort of pork slowly cooked in sweet caramel, till the the soft meat becomes rich and flavorful that makes all of us salivate with homesickness when we’re far away from home. To complete the dish, add some boiled eggs to »

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Vietnam’s Ocean Bounty-Grilled Red Snapper, lemongrass, chili’s

Vietnam’s Ocean Bounty-Grilled Red Snapper, lemongrass, chili’s

local fisherman in My Khe beach, Da-Nang, Viet-Nam

Every time I return to my birthplace, Vietnam, I’m continually drawn and connected to the ocean. I was born in Da-Nang, which is only a few minutes scooter ride to My-Khe beach, where I grew up as a small child. When we escaped Viet-Nam and made home in America, my mother would always reminisce and tell me stories of how close the ocean was and how we fed off the amazing bounty of Viet-Nam’s wealth of seafood. »

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Tamarind Shrimp and “Secrets of the Red Lantern” cookbook Winner

Tamarind Shrimp and “Secrets of the Red Lantern” cookbook Winner

This gorgeous cookbook has a new owner and it’s Pam!! Congratulations Pam and we hope you enjoy this beautiful cookbook.

Thank you to you all for your amazing input and thoughts on what you love in a cookbook. We appreciate all your fabulous comments on this  cookbook giveaway!

This was the most amazing forum of wonderful ideas that we’ve ever had. Reading all of your wonderful, insightful comments was inspiring and informative. We’ve never been so thrilled as were were with your participation in this »

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Tamarind Crab and Secrets of the Red Lantern Cookbook giveaway!

Tamarind Crab and Secrets of the Red Lantern Cookbook giveaway!

It’s not often that I can get excited about a cookbook enough to want to snuggle with it on the couch and to read it cover to cover.  Most of the time, I’ll scan through a cookbook and bookmark particular interesting recipes that jump off the page. But I found one book that not only had me hooked from the very first page, but had me laughing, crying and stomach growling at the same time. If anyone saw me, they’d think that I was an »

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Palsy Walsy Shooters for Mark (Manggy)

Palsy Walsy Shooters for Mark (Manggy)

This is open apology letter to our dear, smart, funny, handsome, brilliant, blog buddy, Dr. Mark.

Dear Mark,

Hello, how are you? Do you still remember us?  We’re those wacky blog folks that you met in Los Angeles way back in October of 2008. It’s been quite a while since our meeting and worse yet, it’s taken us this long to finally write about it and share with the blog world that we met with the AMAZING MARK from Manggy.blogspot.com!»

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Asian Food Wine Pairings

Asian Food Wine Pairings

Thanks to Lia and her wonderful wine inspired blog, Swirling Notions, we’re finally writing out what we enjoy drinking when we eat Asian foods.  Lia’s Pairing Primers is a series of excellent and educational write ups on pairing foods.  Lia asked us to share our favorite Asian-inspired food pairings and getting this post together required alot of thought, drinking and tasting!

Spicy, Salty, Sweet, Sour, Bitter. Pairing wine with Asian food can often be a bit daunting and complicated.  For so many Asian dishes, »

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