Pomelo and Jicama Salad / Bưởi cây củ đậu xà lách

A Celebratory Fruit
The Biggest Citrus

Pomelo Fruit

Pomelo Fruit

Pomelo, the biggest Citrus fruit, is considered a celebratory food in Vietnam and Southeast Asia generally. In this Vietnamese dish, the light, fragrant citrus and herbal Continue reading

Pork Clay Pot / Nồi đất thịt lợn

A Vietnamese Clay Pot Dish

Cooking with clay plots

Clay Pots

This dish is representative of the large class of Clay Pot dishes in Vietnamese Cuisine, which uses them to cook Continue reading

Grilled Pork Meatballs

A French-Vietnamese Classic
Tomatoes Meet Wine Meet Fish Sauce

Cooking Thai dishes with Tiparos fish saue

Fish Sauce

This French-Vietnamese classic combines Western ingredients such as Tomato Sauce and White Wine, with Asian ones like Fish Sauce and Soy Sauce. When it is used 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

Lemongrass

Southeast Asia’s Not-So-Secret Ingredient
Citronella’s Cousin

“Lemongrass is one of the defining flavors of Vietnamese cooking.” — Charles Phan

Lemongrass has been called the not-so-secret ingredient of Vietnamese cuisine. But not just Vietnamese Thai, Cambodian, and other Asian cooks also use it to good effect.

Cooking with lemongrass

Lemongrass

What It Is: Lemongrass is the common name for a family of more than 50 species of a plant type native to India and tropical Asia.  Continue reading

Clay Pots / Chậu đất sét

Clay Pots and Cooking
Flavors Captured in a Pot

Cooking Vietnamese, Southeast Asian dishes in clay pots

Clay Pots

You’ll see them in Asian markets, in a variety of sizes, often with metallic rings holding them together. Are these any good for cooking? [1]

Some people think so. As Charles Phan, owner of the Slanted Door restaurant in San Francisco, says Continue reading