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).Read More
Authentic Vietnamese recipes from the Motherland
For my Sriracha Honey chicken recipe below, I like to use wings or drummettes. The bite-sized portions of poultry goodness is great for entertaining. For this Vietnamese-American fusion appetizer, I base it on a more traditional Vietnamese recipe. I use a traditional Vietnamese Five-Spice marinade as the base. Then I brush the wings with the Honey Sriracha mixture towards the end of cooking to highlight the sexy sauce. The result was packed full of flavor, and I truly love that sticky sweet and spicy glaze. Recipe below. Happy eating!Read More
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had the appetite of a million elephants. I indulged in all my favorite food. You can't finish that? Let me help you out. At the time, I was working close to Oakland Chinatown. That meant plenty of cheap and satisfying Vietnamese Sandwiches (Bánh Mì). Pregnant me didn't order just one sandwich. I usually ordered two and both were easily finished in one seating. After I was done, I would order another one, as a snack, for my grueling 15-minute waddle back to the office.
My favorite Bánh Mì? It was hands-down the roasted chicken sandwich (Bánh Mì Gà Nướng). Oh, how I love thee.Read More
Some people like to take long romantic walks along the beach. I like to take long romantic walks through Chinatown. Nothing gets me going more than beautifully roasted meat carcasses hanging in windows at Chinese BBQ shops.
It's truly a magical place for meat lovers. You have roasted pork, roasted duck, roasted chicken, BBQ'd pork, BBQ'd duck, BBQ'd chicken and sometimes even innards of sorts, all covered in a sweet and sticky glaze. Out of all the meaty goodness, the most tantalizing is the roasted pork belly, also known as Thit Heo Quay in Vietnamese or Siu Yuk in Cantonese.Read More
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.Read More