Posts in Vicky's Picks
Vietnamese Grilled Scallops with Cheese (So Diep Nuong Pho Mai)

Cheese on grilled scallops? My initial thought was, “Groooooss!” But you know what? It was surprisingly delicious! I loooooved the savory and richness of the cheese on the the scallops. Plus, you have the amazing aroma from the scallion oil (Mo Hanh), light crunch from toasted peanuts and/or fried pork fat (Tep Mo), and the incredible flavor of the holy mother sauce, Vietnamese sweet chili dipping sauce (Nuoc Mam Cham).

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Starbucks Hack: Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Vietnamese iced coffee is one of the best ways to enjoy coffee. If you are not close to a Vietnamese restaurant to get their authentic iced coffee, here is a Starbucks hack that comes pretty darn close. After a couple of runs to Starbucks and a bit of tweaking, I can confidently say that this tastes like a legit Vietnamese iced coffee.

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Vietnamese Steamed Savory Rice Cakes with Mung Bean Paste & Dried Shrimp (Banh Beo)

Banh Beo are steamed savory rice cakes. Banh is cake in Vietnamese and Beo is the delicate white flower of a water fern that the steamed rice cake resembles. Locals in Vietnam usually graze all day, and Banh Beo can be one of many small meals that they eat. You will find Banh Beo made by many street vendors in Vietnam, but the best ones are the vendors who solely make this dish, who have been making it for many years, and who make you sit on small plastic stools that threaten to break at any given moment.

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Vietnamese Roasted Chicken (Ga Nuong)

Have you ever visited a Vietnamese deli and drool over the roasted chicken that they have behind the counters? The aromatic sweet glaze from these perfectly roasted chickens is to die for. I usually order the roasted chicken over fried rice. Other times, I have it in a Vietnamese sandwich, Banh Mi Ga Nuong. For the longest time, I wasn't able to replicate the recipe ... until now. With help from a great cook who worked behind a Vietnamese deli counter, I finally can make these at home.

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Central Vietnam's Must-Eat Noodle Dish: Mi Quang

The other day my family and I tried a relatively new restaurant in Oakland Chinatown that specializes in Da Nang cuisine. Of course, Mi Quang was one of their signature items and it had raving reviews on Yelp. However, when I tried it, I found the broth underwhelming. I told my mother-in-low, Cooking Extraordinaire, about my experience and of course, she set out to prove that the best Mi Quang comes from home. She didn't disappoint.

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