Lemongrass Chicken / Mè gà

A Defining Flavor
Texture of Sugar Crystals

 

Using garlic to make Nasi Minyak, Savory Rice

Garlic

Lemongrass is a defining flavor of Vietnamese cuisine.. It’s used to flavor many dishes, including tho signature Chicken dish where, incidentally Continue reading

Roasted Chili Paste / Nướng ớt

A Home Cooking Staple
Annatto and Sichuan Pepper Are Key

Using Sichuan pepper, hua jiao, to cook delicious Sichuan dishes

Sichuan Pepper, Hua Jiao

This spicy version of Chili Paste is a staple of Vietnamese cooking. It is very intense, so a little goes a long way.  Annatto Seeds and Sichuan Peppers are key to the flavor balance here. Continue reading

Western Food, Asian Food and the Global Obesity Epidemic

Western Food in the Third World – The Downside
Over 2 Billion Overweight!

The rate of death and disease increases as your weight increases.”–Azeem Majeed. senior researcher

Bringing Western food to developing countries has had a major downside – obesity.  More than 2 billion people are now overweight worldwide.and it’s damaging their health.

New research reported by the Continue reading

Clay Pot Fish / Ca Kho

Caramel Sauce is Key
A Fusion Note with Pancetta

Clay Pots

The strong, intense bittersweet Caramel Sauce is the key to this dish.  This version,adapted  from Nguyen Tran of Dallas, uses Pancetta instead of Pork Belly.

Clay Pot cooking is one of the favored techniques of Continue reading

Almond Cookies / 杏仁餅

Everyone’s Favorite Cookie

 

Using Baking Powder in Vietnamese cuisine

Baking Powder

Or at any rate, everyone’s favorite Chinese cookie, or so it seems.  These are popular desserts at Chinese restaurants and sell well at Chinese bakeries.  They are also Continue reading

Iced Coffee Vietnamese Style

A True Fusion Bevereage
Perfect on a Hot Day

“I’m Thai, but my husband is Vietnamese, so he has to have his Vetnamese, or French-style Coffee.”–Overheard at an Asian Supermarket in Chicago

Vietnamese-style Iced Coffee has to be a true Fusion dish, incorporating as it does, both Milk and Coffee, neither of which were native to Indo-China before the arrival of the French. Continue reading

Chicken Balls Braised in Oyster Sauce/ 蠔油燜雞球

Ginger Meets Oyster Sauce and Green Onions
Shao Xing Wine a Key

“Chicken often is cooked by a combination of methods…to shorten cooking time and conserve fuel.” — Gloria Bley Mller

 

Chicken Balls Braised with Oyster Sauce

In this dish, adapted from Miller, the Chicken is first fried briefly then braised.

This suble and delicate Chicken dish is esy to make and is low on fat and sodium.  There is no Soy Sauce, though of course the Oyster Sauce contains some sodium.

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Chicken Pho / Phở Gà

Star Anise and Ginger Provide Mystery
Pho without Beef Is Possible

Le’s Pho

Phó bò or Beef Soup, often called the national dish of Vietnam, only has a short history. It’s said to date from Continue reading

Thai Omelet/ ไข่เจียว

A Tast Thai Classic
On Menus Everywhere

Thai Omelet

Thai Omelet

This tasty Thai classic Omelet is a classic in home cooking and appears on menus throughout Thailand.  A standard in Thai cuisine. Here’s a classic simple version: Continue reading

Cabbage in Milk / 奶白菜

A Tang Exotic
Ham Meets Milk Meets White  Pepper

“There are no dairy products. Butter, milk and cheese are practically unknown in Chinese cooking.” — Gloria Bley Miller [1]

“Because vegetables are eaten daily at every meal, Chinese cooks have evolved countless ways of preparing them.” — Nina Froud [2]

Cooking Asian dishes with cabbage

Cabbage

And it’s cancer-fighting! But, since there are no dairy products in Chinese cooking, how does this Hong Kong classic Continue reading