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

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

Pomelo

The Biggest Citrus Fruit
Captain Shaddock’s Trophy

“In the southern provinces, there are pomelos, a drier kind of grapefruit.” — Buwei Yang Chao

What You Need To Know About Pomelos:  Pomelos  are a delicious Asian fruit, with nutrition and health benefits and an important Continue reading

Charles Phan

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Vietnam on the Embarcadero
Bill Clinton’s Favorite

Cooking with clay plots

Clay Pots

Even presidents head for Charles Phan’s Slanted Door Restaurant on San Francisco’s Embarcadero.  Or anyway President Bill Clinton had the Vietnamese restaurant on his to-do Continue reading