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Vietnamese Sweet & Sour Pork Spare Ribs Stir Fry (Suon Xao Chua Ngot)

Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs Stir Fry (Suon Xao Chua Ngot) is deep-fried pork spare ribs simmered in a savory sweet and sour tomato sauce with bell peppers, onions and pineapples. This delicious side dish pair beautifully with steamed rice for a simple yet satisfying meal. They are also great for packed work lunches!

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Vietnamese Egg Rolls (Cha Gio)

Vietnamese Egg Rolls are marinated ground pork rolled in wheat wrappers and deep fried. It can be eaten as a main dish with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce (Nuoc Mam Cham) or as a component to a main dish like Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Vermicelli Noodles (Bun Thit Nuong). Vietnamese egg rolls filling may also include ground shrimp, chopped jicama, shredded carrot and cabbage. This recipe is a basic traditional recipe of ground pork, minced woodear mushroom and thin rice vermicelli noodles.

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Dim-Sum-Style Braised Chicken Feet with black bean sauce

Dim Sum style braised chicken feet is a clever Cantonese way to transform the least desirable part of a bird into something delicious. If you’re new to Dim Sum, steamed chicken feet, also known as Phoenix Talons or Phoenix Claws, is one of the many classic Dim Sum offerings. If you don’t recognize chicken feet on the Dim Sum menu, simply say Feng Zhao to the nice cart ladies and you will be served a small bowl of chewy cartilage poultry goodness.

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Stir-Fried Water Spinach/Morning Glory with Beef (Rau Muong Xao Thit Bo)

Rau Muong, also known as water spinach and morning glory, is a leafy swamp vegetable that grows in abundance in Vietnam. Here in the States, you can find them in Asian grocery stores when they are in season. The prized part of the vegetable is the tender shoots. Most of the leaves are usually discarded as too much can give a dish a slimy texture. 

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Vietnamese Caramelized and Braised Pork Belly with Eggs (Thit Kho Tau)

Vietnamese caramelized and braised pork belly with eggs, or Thit Kho Tau, is a traditional everyday Vietnamese dish. It consists of large chunks of pork belly and boiled eggs slowly braised in coconut juice. Thit Kho Tau is typically eaten with rice and pickled bean sprouts (Dua Gia) to cut through the fat.

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Vietnamese Shaking Beef Recipe (Thit Bo Luc Lac)

Vietnamese Shaking Beef is seared cubed steak sauteed with garlic, onion, butter, and a soy marinade. The beef goes onto a bed of lettuce, watercress, tomato and/or cucumbers, and served with an optional lime-salt-and-pepper dipping sauce.

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Vietnamese Vegetable Dipping Sauce with Caramelized Fish Sauce (Mam Kho Quet)

Mam Kho Quet is a sauce and vegetable dish derived from poverty when Vietnamese farmers had plentiful vegetables but very little protein. The dipping sauce is made by caramelizing fish sauce and sugar in a small clay pot with a small amount of pork, dried shrimp, dried fish, and/or pork fat. The sauce is then served in the clay pot alongside a platter of fresh and boiled vegetables.

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Vietnamese Shrimp & Pork Wonton Recipe (Hoanh Thanh Tom Thit)

Wontons are a type of Chinese dumpling. Hoành Thánh is the Vietnamese equivalent and they are made primarily out of ground pork.

There are many ways to cook wontons. They can be steamed, boiled, pan-fried, deep-fried or a combination of these techniques (pan-fried first then add a little bit of water to steam with a covered lid), much like pot stickers.

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Spicy Lemon Grass Chicken (Ga Chien Sa Ot)

Chef Charles Phan is the Chef and Owner of one of San Francisco's famous restaurants, Slanted Door, and an award-winning author of Vietnamese Home CookingMy husband gifted me his cookbook a few years back for inspiration and it has been a staple in my kitchen ever since. I've pretty much done all the recipes in Vietnamese Home Cooking, and my all-time quick favorite is Chef Phan's version of lemongrass chicken.

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