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Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup (Pho Bo)

The most iconic Vietnamese dish of them all. Pho Bo consists of beef broth, rice noodles, herbs, and various cuts of meat. In Vietnam, Pho is very popular for breakfast. Vendors shop for the freshest ingredients in the wee hours of the morning to make the deep and flavorful stock in time for the morning rush hour. Locals would stop by for a hearty and delicious breakfast-in-a-bowl before heading to work.

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Miso Ramen Recipe

My husband loves ramen so when we get a chance to go to San Francisco, we head to the Westfield mall food court and have lunch at Ajisen Ramen. Their spicy miso ramen is one of my favorites. Whenever I have their ramen, I try really hard to perfect the ramen and broth ratio for each bite so that no liquid-gold-miso-broth would ever be left behind.

Unfortunately, San Francisco is quite a ways out. If we don't head to San Francisco, we get no ramen and that doesn't sit well with me. I figured it was about time to make my own ramen.

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Hong Kong Style Pan-Fried Soy Sauce Noodles (Mi Xao Xi Dau)

If you want to work out your arms, forget the gym. Make either fried rice or fried noodles. Nothing tones up the arms more than tossing things around in a wok.

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Vietnamese Thick Noodle Soup (Banh Canh)

Vietnamese Thick Noodle Soup, or Banh Canh, is one of my favorite childhood foods. It's the most simplest and purest of all the Vietnamese noodle soups. In its simplest form, it's thick noodles in a rich and savory pork broth. The only tricky thing with Banh Canh is keeping the darn slippery noodles on the spoon!

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Vietnamese Egg Noodle Soup with Wontons (Mì Hoanh Thanh)

My mother-in-law would spend the entire day putting Mì Hoành Thánh together. Not only does she make the broth completely from scratch with chicken and pork bones, she also assembles each individual wonton, makes Chinese/Vietnamese Barbecue Pork, preps all the vegetables and makes the fried shallots herself when she can easily get them at the grocery store. And all that pork fat from meat trimmings that she stockpiled in her deep-freezer for, what one would assume, zombie apocalypse? She finally takes them out and fries them into crispy pork fat (Tép Mỡ) as a crunchy topping to dress the noodle soup.

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Vietnamese Fermented Fish & Seafood Vermicelli Soup Recipe (Bun Mam)

Bún Mắm is a far cry from Phở. A typical bowl of Bún Mắm includes rice vermicelli noodles, egg plant, shrimp, squid, pork belly and flaky white fish. It is often served with a plentiful platter of crunchy vegetables and Vietnamese herbs, limes and fresh chilies. What makes Bún Mắm stand out from all the other Vietnamese noodle dishes is the broth. The broth is murky, salty and flavored with the granddaddy of all Vietnamese condiments, fermented fish.

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Vietnamese Escargot Noodle Soup (Bun Oc)

Bun Oc originated in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is a vermicelli rice noodle soup with a tomato-based broth made from slowly simmering chicken and/or pork bones. It is topped with infamous escargot and other proteins such as fried tofu, prawns, and fish cakes, and served with a plentiful platter of fragrant Vietnamese herbs (rau thom) and lime wedges. A side dish of fermented shrimp paste and chili oil also accompany the soup for those who want a bit of customization. Bun Oc is similar to Bun Rieu, but it's not as intense in flavor. It also has fewer ingredients and takes less time to cook up.

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Thai-Style Hot Pot (Lau Thai)

Hot pot is a simmering pot of broth, set in the middle of the dining table on a portable gas stove. Guests have their choice of assorted uncooked side dishes like fish balls, tofu, thinly sliced beef, mushrooms and noodles. They cook the ingredients into the simmering pot and eat them with a simple Hoisin dipping sauce. As guests continue eating, the broth cooks down and intensifies in flavor. Towards the end of the meal, the savory broth is ladled onto egg or rice noodles. Guests would enjoy their noodle soup to fill up and lap up the remaining broth.

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Stir-Fried Udon with Shrimp

Udon is thick Japanese noodles made from wheat flour. It's great in both soups and stir-frys. I would occasionally swap out my regular Banh Canh noodles, made from mostly tapioca flour, with Udon noodles because it's heartier with better texture. Udon in stir-fry is also great because the thick udon noodles absorb stir fry sauce nicely.

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