There are few better comfort foods than Vietnamese phở. When I'm on the verge of a cold or in need of a culinary pick-me-up, I sit down to a restorative bowl of aromatic broth, slippery rice noodles, and fresh, customizable garnishes.
Sometimes, in the midst of cooking, a what if? can lead you towards an entirely new path. That's what happened when I set out to make Vietnamese summer rolls wrapped in sheets of rice paper. "Can you fry rice paper?" my partner wondered as he eyed the translucent round sheets. "Let's experiment," I gamely replied.
When a group of my friends came together last summer to plan a bridal shower for me, they knew two things: 1) I'm not one for cutesy, girly themes and 2) I love sandwiches. My favorite part of the chic, theme-free party they created was a build-your-own bánh mì bar, a Vietnamese-inspired twist on the usual sandwich platter.
Happy Lunar New Year! Today marks the beginning of a new year in Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean cultures. Will you be sitting down with family and friends for a celebratory meal? Here are 7 recipes to share with loved ones, fill your belly, make you smile, and bring you good luck.
Tết, or Lunar New Year, is just around the corner, and for many Vietnamese this means getting together with family, wrapping sticky rice cakes the same way their ancestors have been doing for thousands of years, and telling stories about the ancient King Hùng Vương.
We do love a good pumpkin pie, but when it comes to bringing this nutritious orange vegetable to the dinner table, we often gather inspiration from Thailand, Japan, and Vietnam, where pumpkin is simmered in hearty curries, glazed with fish sauce and black pepper, or stir-fried with fresh chiles and basil.
Lauren Shockey recently finished the culinary equivalent of an Iron Man triathlon: She cooked her way around the world, beginning in New York City and progressing through three more restaurant kitchens in Paris, Hanoi, and Tel Aviv. And then she wrote a book about her adventure. What did this culinary marathon of restaurant toil (and writing!) teach her about home cooking? That's the subject of our interview with her today.
Read on for Lauren's favorite things to eat from the cities where she worked, the most useful things she learned about home cooking from restaurants, and the one restaurant task she hopes she never does ever again.
One of my most enduring childhood memories is of watching my bà nội, or grandmother, shaving corn – the clean, confident stroke of her knife, and the tumble of sweet, juicy kernels released from the cob. If we were lucky, she'd stir the kernels into a pot of coconut milk to make chè, a delectable Vietnamese pudding.
Some of our favorite summer meals come from Vietnam and East Asia. Emily has generously shared many recipes from her own Vietnamese heritage, sometimes spiced up with a bit of Korean spice and flair! Here's a look back at 10 Vietnamese and East Asian dishes for summer — from a cool vegetarian salad, to lemongrass tofu, to fresh summer rolls.
Have you ever had bánh xèo? These sizzling, chewy, crispy Vietnamese crêpes are made from rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric – which gives them that brilliant yellow color – and are surprisingly easy to cook at home.