Month: July 2006

  • Pecan Sandwiches

    5 oz pecan halves 3 oz cream cheese 2 oz blue cheese 2 t port 1/2 t honey Pinch of black pepper 2 T chopped fresh chives Preheat oven to 350. Place pecans on a baking sheet and bake until brown and aromatic, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Combine…

  • Chicken Pho (Pho Ga)

    Not necessarily a Vietnamese traditional dish, but one that’s becoming very common around Seattle. This is a wonderful excuse to save your chicken bones and make homemade stock. You could also use fish stock and substitute cooked shrimp for the chicken. 3 green onions, green and white parts chopped Handful cilantro sprigs Handful bean sprouts…

  • Beef Pho (Pho Bo)

    The word “Pho” is pronounced as if it’s a question, even though, for me, the answer is always “Yes!” Quantities on this recipe, which was taken from Vietnamese Cooking, by Paulette Do Van, are a bit approximate. There’s no indication just how much beef stock per serving; I’d guess 1-1/2 C per person. Pho is…

  • Green Beans with Crushed Garlic

    A Vietnamese side dish. 1 T vegetable oil 1 onion, finely diced 4 cloves garlic, chopped 3 large green chilis, seeded and sliced 1 t ground coriander 1/2 t ground cumin 2 large ripe tomatoes, skinned, seeded, and diced 1 lb green beans, trimmed and halved 1/2 t sugar Pinch salt 2 T fresh cilantro,…

  • Vietnamese Pork au Caramel

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    1/4 C sugar 3 T water 1 lb boneless pork, cut into large cubes 3 daikon, peeled and sliced 1/2 onion, diced 1/3 C fish sauce Black pepper Carmelize the sugar in a wok over low heat. Carefully stir in the water so the mixture does not break up. Add the pork and radishes and…

  • Ground Pork and Pineapple Salad

    1 lb lean ground pork 2 T water 1-1/3 cooked shrimp (tiny bay shrimp are fine) 2 T lemon juice 2 T fish sauce 1/4-1/2 t cayenne 2 T finely sliced onion 2 T green onions, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 2 T peanuts, toasted 2 slices pineapple, roughly chopped 2 T ginger root, sliced 1…

  • Batter-Fried Bananas

    A Vietnamese dish that’s supposed to go well with frog legs. 1/2 C self-rising flour 1-1/4 C flour 1/4 t baking powder 1 egg white, beaten until stiff Vegetable oil 4 bananas Combine the flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Stir in enough water to form a runny paste. Fold in the egg…

  • Braised Quail Eggs with Tofu

    1/2 lb firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch slices 6 T vegetable oil 10 mushrooms 8 hard-boiled quail eggs, peeled (you can find these canned in Oriental groceries, or used about 3 regular eggs, quartered) 1 green onion, cut into 1-inch lengths 1/2 C bamboo shoots, drained 4 t bottled sate sauce (see Note for substitution)…

  • Mango Chicken

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    Vietnamese “Thit Ga Voi Xoai” 1 lb boneless chicken, diced 1 large carrot, cut in matchsticks 1/2 sweet red pepper, cut in strips to match the carrot 1/2 green pepper, cut in strips 4 oz bamboo shoots 1 large mango, diced and cut in thin strips 4 T vegetable oil Marinade: 1/2 t baking soda…

  • Vietnamese Chicken with Cashews

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    Vegetable oil 2 small dried chilis 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 lb boneless chicken, diced 1/2 t sugar 1 T oyster sauce 1 T fish sauce (Nuoc Mam – can substitute soy sauce if you don’t have any) 3 T chicken stock or water 1/2 C roasted, unsalted cashews 1 T lemon grass, chopped 2…