Easy Vietnamese Scrambled Eggs with Green Onions (Trung Chien Hanh La)

Vietnamese-style scrambled eggs (Trung Chien) is seasoned with fish sauce (the salt of the East), a bit of sugar (an Asian secret of balancing flavor), ground black pepper and optional green onions for color. It is fried to fluffy perfection with either butter or vegetable oil, and usually kept intact.

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Vietnamese/Chinese Barbecue Pork (Thit Xa Xiu/Char Siu)

You see this all over Chinatown: Chinese/Vietnamese BBQ Pork hanging from window shops. Known as Xa Xiu in Vietnamese or Char Siu in Chinese, this delicious BBQ porky goodness is to die for. When making this at home, I make sure to double or even triple the recipe because Xa Xiu can be used in many other Vietnamese dishes. You can find Xa Xiu in Banh Mi, Hu Tieu, Bun, Mi, Banh Bao or simply serve over steamed rice. The versatility is endless!

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Mooncake with Sweet Lotus Paste (Banh Trung Thu Nhan Hat Sen)

Mooncakes are round or square pastries with various savory and sweet filings. Typical mooncake fillings include different sweet pastes, mixed nuts and salted egg yolks. The pastes are typically sweetened lotus seed paste, red bean paste, black sesame paste and mung bean pastes. Before going into the oven to bake, the mooncakes are molded and stamped with an elaborate designs, usually a Chinese characters expressing good will, flowers or a simple beautiful geometric pattern.

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Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry (Thit Bo Xao Bong Cai Xanh)

Beef and broccoli stir fry (thịt bò xào bông cải xanh) is a classic stir fry made with thinly sliced beef sirloin and fresh broccoli florets, coated in a thick savory sauce. The beef is tender and silky. The broccoli is perfectly crunchy. Together they are a well-balanced tasty meal in a bowl that is sure to satisfy any hunger on a busy night.

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Vietnamese Refreshing Iced Dessert Drink with Seaweed, Lotus Seeds, Jujubes, Longans and Pearl Barley (Che Sam Bo Luong)

Che Sam Bo Luong is a refreshing Vietnamese iced dessert drink made with an assortment of dried Chinese/Vietnamese herbal ingredients, including red jujubes/dates (Tao Do), thinly sliced seaweed/kelp (Rong Bien), longans (Nhan Nhuc), lotus seeds (Hat Sen) and pearl barley (Bo Bo).

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10 Popular Vietnamese Dipping Sauces

What makes Vietnamese cuisine so unique and delicious is the smorgasbord of dipping sauces we have just for about everything. From the mild peanut sauce to the more exotic pungent fermented fish dipping sauce, there’s always a sauce that complements a dish. Here are 10 popular Vietnamese sauces that we simply can’t go without.

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Vietnamese Coconut Pandan Waffles (Banh Kep La Dua)

Vietnamese Coconut Pandan Waffles (Banh Kep La Dua) are made with a combination of all-purpose flour, tapioca starch, baking powder, sugar, coconut milk and, of course, pandan extract. Pandan is the vanilla of Southeast Asia and is what gives these Vietnamese waffles their iconic green color and wonderful aroma. 

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Grilled Corn with Scallion Oil (Bap Nuong Mo Hanh)

What’s a quick and delicious recipe to use up a lot of corn? Make Vietnamese grilled corn with scallion oil or Bap Nuong Mo Hanh. The sweetness of the corn, paired with the savory flavor of scallion oil and the smokey flavor of the grill make for a perfect Summer or Labor Day dish.

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Vietnamese Fish Sauce Chicken Wings (Ga Chien Nuoc Mam)

Fish Sauce Chicken Wings. You see this on every Vietnamese restaurant menu. It’s fried chicken wing with a fine outer crust, tossed in a sweet fish sauce glaze. For those who are absolutely terrified of the smell of death coming from a bottle of fish sauce, this is the perfect recipe to overcome that fear and baby step your way into the magical world of Vietnamese and Southeast Asian cuisine.

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