Gado Gado

Indonesia’s National Salad
Shrimp Crackers Meet Peanut Sauce

Kroepek, Indonesian shrimp crackers

Kroepek, Indonesian shrimp crackers

Gado Gado is probably the most representative type of Indonesian salad, and there are a number of regional variations.  It can be eaten as a side dish, can appear at picnics, or can function as the main dish of a meal. Here is a good basic recipe for a Gado Gado which reflects he culinary style of the Java region. Continue reading

Vietnamese Cuisine

Fish Sauce, Nuoc Mam and Sea Ghost  Fingers
The National Dish Is a Soup — Even at Breakfast

“Only the French imposed their own cuisine upon their Asiatic possessions.” — David Dodge [1]

“He was not yet Ho Chi Minh. It was 1917 and he was Nguyen Ai Quoc and he was a pastry cook under the great Escoffier.” — Robert Olen Butler [2]

Cooking with Vietnamese Nuoc Mam Fish Sauce

Three Crabs Brand Fish Sauce

Vietnamese cooking is light and delicate, healthy, and remarkably varied. Its famous dishes can be very unusual and even have poetic names, like one for Crab Claws called Sea Ghost Fingers. Continue reading