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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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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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Vietnamese Sauteed Prawns in Roe / Tomalley Sauce (Tom Kho Tau Gach Do)

Vietnamese sauteed prawns in roe sauce (Tom Kho Tau Gach Do) is a quick traditional home cooking recipe that is sure to delight. It’s a sweet, savory and a beautifully presented dish that goes wonderfully with steamed rice. The best part of this dish is that everything, from start to finish, takes about 30 minutes. This makes it my family’s go-to recipe after a long day at work and you want something quick on the dinner table.

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Quick Kid-Friendly Vietnamese Pan-Fried Ground Pork Patty Recipe

When my kids were toddlers, they were very picky eaters. Meat was the one thing they struggled the most with. This simple pan-fried Vietnamese pork patties helped solve that. No bones. No toughness. Just nothing but tender meat with great Asian flavors.

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Vietnamese Ginger Chicken (Ga Kho Gung)

One of my favorite Vietnamese braised dishes is ginger chicken or Ga Kho Gung. It’s a simple dish of bite-size pieces of chicken, braised and caramelized in a clay pot with ginger, garlic, shallots and fish sauce. It is typically served family-style with steamed rice and a vegetable dish.

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Korean BBQ: Easy Beef & Pork Belly Bulgogi Marinade

For this pork and beef bulgogi marinade recipe, I utilize a store-bought Korean BBQ sauce as a base and add a few extra ingredients to liven it up. I usually like to make my marinades from scratch. However, this particular brand is really delicious so why reinvent the wheel? This is a great Korean product to use when you are in a rush and need something tasty for a Korean BBQ.

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Vietnamese Chayote and Dried Shrimp Omelette (Trung Chien Su Su Tom Kho)

When the fridge is running empty or I just don’t feel like cooking, it’s an omelette with all the fixings to the rescue. This is a quick recipe of a Vietnamese-style omelette with dried salted shrimp and chayote squash. Protein and vegetables … all in one pan.

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Vietnamese Five Spice Baked Chicken Wings (Canh Ga Nuong)

This recipe is an update of my popular deli-style Vietnamese roast chicken. I simplified the recipe to use less ingredients yet still maintained that same great flavor. This modified recipe only utilizes pantry items so it’s quick to toss together. All the ingredients for the marinade can be found in your typical Asian pantry.

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