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

Indonesian Hot Sauce Sambal Oelek

Mortar-Ground Intense Hot Sauce
Rice Table Essential

cooking with Indonesian hot sauce Sambal Oelek

Sambal Oelek

A spicy hot red sauce called Sambal Oelek may be the most popular of the hundreds of varieties of Sambals in Indonesian cuisine.

The name Sambal Oelek means a mortar-ground Sambal or savory sauce, because it is typically ground in a stone mortar.

Sambal Oelek is probably the most familiar hot sauce served to accompany Indonesian food.It’s probably essential for a Rice Table or Rijsttafel meal. Continue reading