Posts tagged Vietnamese
Bánh Xèo - Crispy Vietnamese Crêpe

I'm of the opinion that folks who don't like to try anything new might also have a slight kitchen phobia. Pots, pans and and cooking utensils are eyeballed suspiciously and rarely to be trusted. It's merely a theory that rolls around in my head. I have no way of proving it.

I have a lot of cookbooks (a LOT) and while I adore them all, there are truthfully very few I'm able to pick up and cook a recipe from flawlessly. At least the first time. This has little to do with the credibility of the cookbook author/chef or my abilities as a home cook (though let's be honest, the more we do, the better we become), and more to do with uncontrollable variables like ingredients, whether or not I have the recommended cooking equipment, and the fact that cooking times vary from one kitchen stove to the next.

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Bun Thit Nuong (Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Vermicelli)

There are two givens in the tiny northern Arizona town where I live: it is windy (always, every year, without fail) from March until June, and you learn to cook with what you can find at the one (one!) grocery store in town.

This means your hair is always a mess, and you learn to live with the fact that you can't always get what you want (thanks, Rolling Stones). I blog often about the difficulties I face sourcing specific ingredients in this one-horse town, and my patience was tested again recently when I tried to hunt down flank steak for the cold Vietnamese rice noodle salad, bun

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