Spring Rolls, Vietnamese Style, for a Larger Group

Recipe for a Party or Larger Group

Cooking Thai dishes with Tiparos fish saue

Fish Sauce

This recipe for Vietnamese style Spring Rolls is a good one for a party, as it makes 50 rolls. Recipe adapted from Bach-Yen Boum.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese

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Beef Brochettes

A Vietnamese Classic
Ideal for a Buffet Party

Cooking with Vietnamese Nuoc Mam Fish Sauce

Nuoc Mam/Fish Sauce

Reflecting the Vietnamese fondness for Beef, this Beef Brochette dish is a classic of Vietnamese cuisine.  It would be ideal for a larger buffet event, along with several other major dishes. It is intended to serve six to eight people, along with Continue reading

Beef Fondue

A Vietnamese Classic with
Fusion Touches

Using olive oil to cook Asian foods

Olive Oil

This is a classic Vietnamese dish which would work well for a special dinner.  While there are a number of ingredients and steps in the preparation, it is not actually as formidable to make as it might seem.  Total time involved is Continue reading

Fish Basket (Ca Gio Hoa)

Vietnamese Approach to Flounder
Special Kind of Fish Fry

Three Crabs Band Fish Sauce, Vietnam

Nuoc Mam

This is a spectacular presentation for whole Flounder. The Vietnamese recipe is adapted from Bach Ngo. This recipe would serve about 8 people.

Fish Basket

(Ca Gio Hoa)

Vietnamese

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Fried Chicken with Lemongrass (Ga Xao Sa Ot)

Lemongrass Meets Cayenne Pepper
Caramelized Sugar Meets Fish Sauce

Cooking with lemongrass

Lemongrass

This classic Vietnamese dish demonstrates the classic use of Caramelized Sugar in Vietnamese cuisine, as well as the roles Lemongrass and moderate amounts of Hot Red Pepper can play. This dish serves about 8.  Recipe adapted from Bach Ngo. The use of Nuoc Mam or Fish Sauce is also typical.

Fried Chicken with Lemongrass and Cayenne Pepper

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Nuoc Cham

A Sauce for Every Meal
Synthesis of Lime, Garlic, Nuoc Mam

Cooking with limes

Limes

Nuoc Cham is a table condiment that appears at almost all Vietnamese meals.  Basically it’s a way of using the standard Nuoc Mam Fish Sauce and picking up the flavor with Chili Peppers, Lime Juice and Garlic. There are a number of different ways of making it; this recipe adapted from Bach Ngo.

One of a family of Asian Dipping Sauces, including Red Ginger Sauce, Stir-Fry Oyster Sauce, Mustard Sauce,, and Ginger Sauce, as well as Red Ginger Sauce.. Continue reading

Soup with Cabbage Pork Rolls

A Common Vegetable Transformed
Nuoc Mam Meets Black Pepper

Cooking Asian dishes with cabbage

Cabbage

In this classic Vietnamese recipe, we see again the Vietnamese attachment to Nuoc Mam Fish Sauce, to Black Pepper, and Beef. Recipe adapted from Bach Ngo — serves about 6.

Soup with Cabbage Pork Rolls

Canh Thit Goi Su

Vietnamese

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Vietnamese Soup with Cabbage Pork Rolls

A Classic Vietnamese One-Dish Meal
Beef and Pork Meet Nuoc Mam

Using cabbage to prepare Vietnamese dishes

Cabbage

In this dish, Vietnamese Soup with Cabbage Pork Rolls (Canh Thit Goi Su), Beef and Pork are combined in a Cabbage Roll which is served in a soup with a heavy garnish of Rice, making it a simple one-dish meal.

The combination of Beef and Pork, together with the use of Fish Sauce (Nuoc Mam) and the fresh Cilantro (Coriander Leaves) are a characteristic touch in Vietnamese cuisine. 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

Fish Sauce

Full of Flavor – and Salt
Many Local Variants

“The Vietnamese favor Nuoc Mam, a strong fish ketchup rich in amino acids, salts and phosphorus which compensates for the low nutriti9onal value of the rice.” — Miriam Ferrari [1]

Tiparos Fish Sauce

Tiparos Fish Sauce,
Nam Pla

Fish ketchup, Signora? Rich in amino acids? Maybe, but certainly rich in salt.  And how about the low nutritional value of the rice?  Some of these things may have been lost in translation and only the editors at Mondadori will ever know the whole story..

In Southeast Asia, the chief salter is a sauce made from fermented fish, commonly known as Patis in the Continue reading