Category Vietnamese

Vietnamese Steak Salad

Vietnamese Steak Salad (Shaking Beef)

This is the ideal one-dish meal. But don’t serve it to guests who are squeamish about spicy, zesty food.

3/4 pound strip or porterhouse steak
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons olive oil
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon vinegar
Freshly-ground black pepper
Red pepper flakes, to taste
2 cups wat...

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Nuoc Cham

Nuoc Cham (Vietnam)

2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 small, hot, red chili pepper, seeds
    and membranes removed
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 fresh lime, juice and pulp only
4 tablespoons fish sauce*
2 to 4 tablespoons water, according to taste

* Also known as nuoc mam, it is available in finer supermarkets and Asian specialty shops.

Purists insist that the garlic and chili pepper be ground together in...

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Vietnamese Banana Fritters

Vietnamese Banana Fritters

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup milk
5 small, firm bananas
Peanut oil (for frying)

Mix together the flour, sugar, egg, and milk to make a smooth, paste-like batter. Let rest for one hour.

Peel the bananas and slice each one in half lengthwise, then across into chunks about three inches long...

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Vietnamese Coconut Cookies

Vietnamese Coconut Cookies

Source: Simple Art of Vietnamese Cooking – Binh Duong and Marcia Kiesel

These cookies become crisper the second day, so do not overbake them.

3 cups freshly grated coconut (about
    1 large coconut – NO SUBSTITUTE)
4 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

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Vietnamese Banana Cake with Cashews

Vietnamese Banana Cake with Cashews (Chuoi Nuong)

Source: The Complete Asian Cookbook – Charmaine Solomon

3 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup cream
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 pounds very ripe bananas
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cashews
1 cup grated fresh coconut

Preheat oven to 350 to 375 degrees F. Grease 2 (8-inch) pans and dust with flour, shaking out any excess.

Beat eggs and sugar together w...

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