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Adding green onions and crispy shallots to the bowl.

Pho Bò (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)This delicious soup is a favorite at my local Vietnamese restaurant. I thought it would be fun to try to make it at home. I made it from scratch, including the beef broth. I also made crispy fried shallots (hành phi). Store bought broth and crispy shallots or onions would be just as delicious.


Fresh Beef Spring Rolls with dipping sauce.

Fresh Beef Spring RollsFresh herbs, beef, and a tasty dipping sauce make this dish delicious. This is a recipe we love to do in our family. We bring a portable stove to the table and cook the beef right there. It makes it a fun experience and is delicious to boot.


A bowl of Instant Pot Lemongrass Chicken (Ga Kho Sa)

Instant Pot Lemongrass Chicken (Ga Kho Sa)This is one of my family's favorite recipes. The meat comes out tender and fragrant. As a note, I use heaping tablespoon measurements for the garlic, shallots and lemongrass. My husband loves chicken with bones and my kids like boneless so I do half and half for this recipe. If you don't add bones, I would add a tablespoon of Better Than Bouillon chicken broth.


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Coconut Pandan Sticky RiceThis is my Vietnamese inspired Coconut Pandan Sticky Rice with layered mung beans. This is a sticky rice dessert - you can serve warm or eat at room temperature. The toppings are optional - mung beans and sesame.


Vietnamese Banana and Taro Tapioca Pudding

Vietnamese Banana and Taro Tapioca PuddingThis is a sweet and creamy Vietnamese pudding dessert. This is a refreshing dessert that is typically served cool but can be served warm if you prefer.


cooked crepe

Making Vietnamese Crepes (Banh Xeo)You can make your own Vietnamese crepe batter from scratch. Banh Xeo, a savory fried pancake that has a thin is typically filled with pork, shrimp, bean sprouts and eaten with vegetables and dipping sauce.


Green pandan leaves.

Recipes Using PandanThe slender palm-like leaves of pandan is used to flavor Filipino, and southeast Asian dishes. It has a flavor similar to vanilla and is also used as a sweet spice in breads, cakes and beverages.


pile of Sticky Rice Cake

Making Sticky Rice Cake (Banh Tet)Sticky rice cakes are typically sold around Chinese New Year, but using the recipe on this page you can make your own anytime.


Vietnamese Pandan Honeycomb cake cut on plate

Vietnamese Pandan Honeycomb CakePandan is a tropical plant from SE Asia. It is used in Vietnamese and other places to flavor rice, bread or desserts, including this delicious honeycomb cake. You can find pandan online or at an Asian supermarket.



adding chili sauce to pot

Instant Pot Vietnamese Rice Vermicelli and Beef (Bun Bo Hue)Beef shanks, meatballs, and fried pork patties combine with various seasonings and finally rice vermicelli to create this delicious bun bo hue. The complete recipe follows.


Instant Pot Caramelized Pork and Eggs

Instant Pot Caramelized Pork and EggsThe advent of the Instant Pot has helped to speed up the cooking time for numerous dishes. You can make a version of Vietnamese Thit Kho, pork and eggs, using your Instant Pot.


Green Pumpkin Flower Soup

Green Pumpkin Flower Soup RecipeWith a chicken broth base, a touch of fish sauce, pumpkin flowers, and a bit of seasoning you too can make some of this delicious soup. This page contains the ingredients list, instructions, and a finished photo of green pumpkin flower soup.


Vietnamese Caramelized Catfish and Pineapple in bowl

Vietnamese Caramelized Catfish and PineappleThis catfish and pineapple recipe is a delicious traditional Vietnamese dish. Your family or guests will really appreciate the flavors of this meal.


sticky rice and beans in bowl with coconut cream and chopped nuts

Sticky Rice with Black Beans, Mung Beans, and CoconutAmericans enjoy this sticky rice with black beans, mung beans and coconut cream as a dessert. In Vietnam it is served for breakfast.


Apple Green Eggplant on plate

Apple Green Eggplant (Ca Phao)The botanical name of these small green eggplants is Solanum macrocarpon. Known as ca phao in Vietnam, they are also called apple green eggplant or Thai eggplant. Varieties can be found in the Carribbean, South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. The Vietnamese variety is slightly bitter and can be eaten raw, in stirfries or soups, or can be pickled.


Vietnamese Shrimp, Pork and Egg Noodle Soup (Bun Rieu) in bowls

Vietnamese Shrimp, Pork and Egg Noodle Soup (Bun Rieu)Vietnamese cuisine has many delicious noodle soups besides the famous pho. Use egg noodles and Asian flavors like shrimp and pork to make this savory soup. This page is about making Vietnamese shrimp, pork and egg noodle soup (bun rieu).


Chicken Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce on plate

Chicken Spring Rolls with Peanut SauceThese spring rolls can be filled with any kind of fresh vegetables that you want. They are a light, healthy meal and taste great dipped in the homemade peanut sauce. This is a page about chicken spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce.


Vietnamese Sponge Gourd and Enoki Mushroom Soup in bowl

Vietnamese Sponge Gourd and Enoki Mushroom SoupIf you can't find these unusual ingredients at a local Asian market, substitute zucchini and button mushrooms for a delicious alternative. This page contains a recipe for making Vietnamese sponge gourd and enoki mushroom soup.


Homemade Vietnamese pho on a table, ready to eat.

Homemade Vietnamese PhoInstead of going out, you can save money and make your own delicious pho at home in your instant pot or pressure cooker. This is a page about homemade Vietnamese pho.


A fresh Vietnamese salad in a bowl.

Vietnamese Salad RecipesThe fresh Asian herbs and spices give Vietnamese salads their distinctive flavors and colors. This page contains Vietnamese salad recipes.


Instant Pot Chicken Pho in pan

Instant Pot Chicken PhoIf you have an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker, you can easily make pho right at home - perfect for our current winter weather.


Sticky Rice with Chinese Sausage (Xoi Lap Xuong) on plate

Sticky Rice with Chinese Sausage (Xoi Lap Xuong)This is one of my favorite Vietnamese dishes, called Xoi Lap Xuong which translates to Sticky Rice Chinese Sausage.


Vietnamese Inspired Fried Rice

Vietnamese Inspired Fried RiceThis is a recipe I learned from my mom and I included some tips and tricks she does with her eggs and sausage. There are different ways to make Vietnamese fried rice. You can add carrots, other vegetables and meats, too.


Vegetarian spring rolls on a white plate

Spring Roll RecipesSimple light and delicious ingredients wrapped up in rice rolls and served with dipping sauces. These are very popular in Vietnamese and Thai restaurants but are easy to make at home.



adding pork belly

Vietnamese Sticky Rice Cakes (Banh Chung)Although time consuming to make, these savory rice cakes are well worth the effort. This page explains how to make Vietnamese sticky rice cakes (banh chung).


Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Fish Soup (Canh Ca Chua Ngot)

Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Fish Soup (Canh Ca Chua Ngot)Fish, tropical fruit, green onions, and seasonings combine to make this tasty light soup. This is a page about Vietnamese sweet and sour fish soup (canh ca chua not).


A table full of Vietnamese pho and additions.

Homemade Vietnamese PhoDelicious noodle soup. It's perfect for any occasion, especially chilly cold days! Easily serves 4-5 bowls. What's great is that this pho recipe takes less time to cook since it's chicken; whereas for beef, it can take several hours!


Grilled Beef La Lot

Beef La Lot RecipesA regional favorite dish in Vietnam which consists of seasoned beef grilled in leaves. This page contains a recipe for Beef La Lot.


Vietnamese Beef Ragout (Lagu Bo)

Vietnamese Beef Ragout (Lagu Bo)This is a page about Vietnamese beef ragout (lagu bo). Many Vietnamese recipes are influenced by the French who colonized Vietnam. Try this delicious soup with carved vegetables.


Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)

Making Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)This delicious chicken salad is fresh with Asian herbs and seasonings. This is a page about making Vietnamese chicken salad (goi ga).


A plate of Vietnamese caramelized pork.

Vietnamese Caramelized Pork RecipesThis stir-fry pork recipe is delicious served with rice. This page contains recipes for Vietnamese caramelized pork.


Stack of Vietnamese Rice Crackers

Vietnamese Sesame Rice Cracker RecipeThis page contains a Vietnamese sesame rice cracker recipe. American visitors to Vietnam love these common crackers that are easily made with uncooked spring roll wraps.


Pork With Green Beans

Pork With Green BeansThis is a page about pork with green beans. Stirred pork and green beans is a tasty dish you can tailor to your own tastes.


rice noodle soup

Vietnamese Soup RecipesNutritious, wonderfully seasoned noodle soups are a main part of the Vietnamese cuisine. Regional favorites like pho and bún have become very popular around the world. This page contains Vietnamese soup recipes.



Vietnamese RecipesFor a change of pace and possibly new favorite dishes, making recipes from other cultures can be nutritious, delicious and interesting. This page contains Vietnamese recipes.


Spring Roll on plate

Spring Rolls with Masago (Fish Roe)A nice light yet filling appetizer or snack featuring masago*. You can customize your spring roll wraps however you would like, but this is a combination I enjoy making. The amount yield varies depending how ingredients you use per spring roll. With 4 small avocados, I made 8 rolls and plenty of left over ingredients.


Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)

Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Goi Ga)This is a delicious, light chicken salad. It uses a special Asian herb called Vietnamese Coriander or Rau Ram. It is super easy to throw together and will have your guests begging for more.


Grilled Beef La Lot

Grilled Beef La LotThis is a delicious Vietnamese recipe that my mother-in-law makes, Bo La Lot. All the ingredients can be found at an Asian market. If you can't find fresh la lot leaves, sometimes they can be found frozen. An acceptable substitute for the la lot leaves would be perilla leaves or grape leaves.


beans and pork on white serving dish

Pork With Green BeansThis is a delicious green bean recipe made by my mother-in-law who is from Vietnam.


Vietnamese Beef Ragout (Lagu Bo)

Vietnamese Beef Ragout (Lagu Bo)This is yet another delicious Vietnamese dish my mother-in-law makes. This is the Vietnamese version of Ragout. It is called sup lagu (lagu soup) in Vietnamese which sounds like ragout in French.


Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Fish Soup (Canh Ca Chua Ngot)

Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Fish Soup (Canh...This is a delicious light soup my mom makes. It is a quick and healthy dish.


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