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

Cheese on grilled scallops? Gross, right? However, it was surprisingly delicious! I loved 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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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.

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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. 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.

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