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Vietnamese Cuisine: Waking Up My Taste Buds

27 Mar
by Deanne

Photo of PhoIt wasn’t until February 2004, that I tasted the delightful flavors of Vietnamese cuisine.  I fell in love with this fresh, new-to-me cuisine when I dined with friends at Vietnam in Philadelphia.  At that point in my life, my taste buds had been in trance after years of uninspired cooking and eating.  I only have myself to blame, since I was the one cooking tacos, spaghetti, tator-tot casserole and pizza on a regular rotation.  I was clearly in a culinary rut.

My family had slightly ventured away from this path I had imposed on them.  Steve and Francine had already eaten at a Vietnamese restaurant in our suburb.  Silly me, I had turned down the opportunity to dine with them. When I woke up to the fact that you can’t judge a restaurant by its decor, I discovered the food at the Vietnam Cafe restaurant in Telford, PA was equally good, if not better than the one in the city. Soon this local restaurant was our go-to place on Friday nights at the end of a busy week.Photo of Vietnamese Home Cooking Book

Since that time, we have been reading cookbooks and eating Vietnamese food whenever possible.  Prior to our trip to California in January, we picked up a book by Charles Phan who owns several renowned restaurants in San Francisco.  We had a chance to eat lunch at Out The Door on Bush Street

Last week we offered a class in our kitchen that featured this lovely cuisine.  Luke, who many readers know as my son, did one of his GamerKitchen episodes on a similar dish to what we taught in our class. We offer you two recipe options: 

1. Here is a link to Luke’s recipe. 

2. Listed below is the recipe we used in our class.

BBQ Pork BunPhoto and link to GamerKitchen

For Marinade, blend:

  • 2 Tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, rough mince
  • ¼ cup onion, rough dice
  • 1 inch ginger, rough mince
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Add marinade to bag along with:

1 lb thinly sliced pork loin

Marinate 4-8 hours

1. Grill pork on grill or char broiler

2. Slice and serve over rice vermicelli noodles

Serve with Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 1 clove garlic – finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons carrot – finely grated
  • 1 bird chili

Garnish with:

  • lettuce or cabbage, shredded finely
  • cilantro
  • grated carrot
  • sliced cucumber
  • bean sprouts (lightly blanched
  • peanuts

PS.  Francine has studied and traveled in Vietnam.  Maybe she has a picture or tale to share from her days there?


Vietnamese BBQ Pork with A Rice Noodle Salad

5 Jul
by Deanne

Francine and I are thankful that the cooking chores in our family are shared among the men in our clan.  Both of our husbands are creative and talented in the kitchen. We also have Luke, our talented blog photographer and son/brother.  He is an amazing chef at the family restaurant and  always coming up with super flavorful dishes.  After we eat what he cooks, we crave that dish the entire next day.

We are excited to share the latest episode from his online cooking show.  Luke explains how easy it is to create great, restaurant-quality  Vietnamese BBQ Pork with A Rice Noodle Salad. (This dish is SO good you guys!!) 

Here’s how he explains the dish…

“In this episode of GamerKitchen, we are making Bun thit nuong, which is rice vermicelli mixed with fresh vegetables and topped with barbecued pork served with a lime dipping sauce (nuoc cham). It fits in well because grilling season is upon us and this dish makes a perfect recipe to share with friends for an afternoon barbecue or get together.”

Is your mouth watering yet?