Clay Pot Fish / Ca Kho

Caramel Sauce is Key
A Fusion Note with Pancetta

Clay Pots

The strong, intense bittersweet Caramel Sauce is the key to this dish.  This version,adapted  from Nguyen Tran of Dallas, uses Pancetta instead of Pork Belly.

Clay Pot cooking is one of the favored techniques of Continue reading

Iced Coffee Vietnamese Style

A True Fusion Bevereage
Perfect on a Hot Day

“I’m Thai, but my husband is Vietnamese, so he has to have his Vetnamese, or French-style Coffee.”–Overheard at an Asian Supermarket in Chicago

Vietnamese-style Iced Coffee has to be a true Fusion dish, incorporating as it does, both Milk and Coffee, neither of which were native to Indo-China before the arrival of the French. Continue reading

Chicken Pho / Phở Gà

Star Anise and Ginger Provide Mystery
Pho without Beef Is Possible

Le’s Pho

Phó bò or Beef Soup, often called the national dish of Vietnam, only has a short history. It’s said to date from Continue reading

Grilled Curried Shrimp / Tôm Cà Ri Nướng

Best Slightly Charred with Jumbo Shrimp

Shrimp

Shrimp

This is a simple traditional Vietnamese dish that works well with jumbo Shrimp or Prawns. The recipe makes four servings. Continue reading

Prawns Clay Pot / Tôm nồi đất sét

Another Clay Pot
A Dish from the Mekong

Shrimp

Shrimp

Prawns Clay Pot is another of the various things you can do with Clay Pots, a Vietnamese favorite. Make it with Prawns or larger Shrimp, ideally Continue reading

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