Posts in Side Dishes
Chinese Takeout Recipe: Honey Walnut Shrimp

Honey Walnut Shrimp is a widely popular Chinese-American takeout dish. It's crunchy succulent shrimp dressed in a creamy honey-mayo sauce, topped with caramelized walnuts. It is a tasty appetizer or when eaten with steamed white rice, a filling entree that's loved by many.

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Vietnamese Beef & Watercress Salad (Bo Xao Xa Lach Xoong)

The most traditional and popular way to use watercress in Vietnamese home cooking is in a salad with stir-fried beef and a tangy vinegar fish sauce dressing (Bo Xao Xa Lach Xoong). This can be served as a simple appetizer or one of the many sides dishes in a traditional home cooked Vietnamese meal. 

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Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Goi Ga Bap Cai)

One of the most popular Vietnamese salads is Gỏi Gà Bắp Cải. It's a refreshing salad of hand-shredded chicken, cabbage, carrots, onions and Vietnamese coriander; mixed with a sweet and savory fish sauce dressing; and topped with crunchy roasted peanuts and fried shallots.

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Vietnamese Bitter Melon and Eggs (Kho Qua Xao Trung)

There are two popular Vietnamese dishes that utilizes bitter melon. One is a simple stir fry with eggs (Khổ Qua Xào Trứng). The other is stuffed bitter melon soup (Canh Khổ Qua or Khổ Qua Nhồi Thịt). Here is a recipe for the former.

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Authentic Korean Napa Cabbage Kimchi Recipe

Kimchi is a traditional fermented vegetable side dish from Korea. It originated out of the necessity of preserving vegetables for the long winters. Now it is a staple in everyday Korean and other Asian households. Kimchi can be made out of any vegetables with the most popular being napa cabbage.

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Vietnamese Beef & Tomato Stir Fry Recipe (Thit Bo Xao Ca)

Tomatoes and beef go together nicely. They are often found in stir fries in many Asian countries, and there are many variations of the recipe. Like all stir fries, this Vietnamese Beef and Tomato Stir Fry recipe, or Thit Bo Xao Ca, cooks up quickly and is pretty much fool-proof. You are basically throwing everything together in a wok. What's more simple than that?

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Fertilized Duck Eggs (Hot Vit Lon)

These eggs are known as Hot Vit Lon to the Vietnamese and Balut to the Filipinos. You don't bring these bad boys home to hatch. You boil these babies up and eat them like hard-boiled eggs, but with something very different inside. They are delicious and freaky at the same time.

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Banana Blossom Salad Recipe (Goi Bap Chuoi)

A banana blossom salad made with red cabbage, white onions and red bell peppers, topped with minced mint, Vietnamese coriander, roasted peanuts and the same generous pour of fish sauce dressing.

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Making Kimchi: A Disaster Story

Kimchi has a sweet, sour, and fermented taste that can be overpowering to a foreign palate. Also, the abundance of ginger, garlic, onions and chili powder makes it very pungent. Kimchi was created to preserve vegetables for the long cold winters. Now it's a great complement to grilled meats all year round, and a definite must when we have our Korean BBQ with beef short ribs.

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