All posts tagged: Vietnamese Food

Recipe: Cá Kho Tộ (Vietnamese Caramelized & Braised Fish)

The first time we sunk our teeth into Cá Kho Tộ, we became huge fans of this dish. The fish steaks are braised with a good load of ginger, shallots and garlic along with the fish sauce and caramel sauce, not forgetting chillies. The result is an incredibly savoury, sweet and spicy dish . Cá Kho Tộ is excellently paired with steamed rice, cucumber/salad or steamed vegetables. Traditionally, this dish is prepared in a clay pot but if you don’t have any spare clay pots on hand you can still make this in a non-stick pan. This is such a popular dish in southern Vietnam since meat and fish were plentiful that you can easily buy a clay pot of frozen precooked Cá Kho Tộ from the supermarket then bring it home to de-frost and heat it up. Viola! Easy isn’t it? Now, let the adventure begins…. If you love Vietnamese food, don’t miss out on all our recipes, join us via our blog or come by to our Mummy’s Kitchen Facebook Group. You can like …

Recipe: Bánh Xèo (Savoury Vietnamese Crêpes)

When my husband told me that he was going to bring me to this popular stall which sell Bánh Xèo, I was kind of apprehensive.  What kind of food was this? Never heard of before!!  Interestingly, this stall was tucked down a tight alley on the edge off Dinh Cong Trang in District 1, Vietnam. The place was so basic and kitchen without walls but there was already a big lunch crowd when we arrived. My conclusion was, this crepe was so so good!! 🙂 Bánh xèo literally means “sizzling cake”; you will hear the sizzling sound when the batter hits the hot pan. As we were in Ho Chi Minh City, it is natural that we have only tasted the Southern-style bánh xèo which contains coconut milk. I understand that certain central regions of Vietnam skip the coconut milk and sometimes the turmeric powder altogether. Most of the time, you will get prawns with their shells in bánh xèo but since I am making my own, I prefer to remove the prawn shells first. …

Recipe: Bánh Bèo (Steamed Rice Cake with Shrimp and Pork Rinds/Fats)

Shortly arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, my husband brought us to Bun Bo Hue 3A3 Restaurant near his office to savour authentic Vietnamese food. Since we were not familiar with the Vietnamese language and its food, we obviously looked at photos on the menu to place our orders. As Bánh Bèo (Steamed Rice Cake) has the look of our Chwee Kueh back home, it can’t possibly go wrong right?  When the Bánh Bèo was served, we were so fascinated by them as they were in little sauce dishes with a simple light fish sauce to go along with. They were indeed love at first bite!! It was so amazingly good that from that day onwards, Bánh Bèo became our son’s favourite food in Ho Chi Minh City. Bánh Bèo originates from the central regions of Vietnam and Hue and can be served in a variety of ways including in a “chen”, a small condiment size bowl, or loose, stacked on a “dia,” or plate.  In the mien bac (Northern Vietnam), mung bean paste is …

How-To: Gỏi Cuốn (Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls)

We were so blessed to be able to live in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for 3 years when my husband was there to do a setup for his company. This has given us the opportunity to learn the culture, the language and most of all indulge in authentic Vietnamese cuisine. It was a great experience for the whole family!! Can you remember when you were a child, your mum most probably will tell you to “Eat your greens”?  Well, well, Vietnamese eats loads of fresh vegetables and if you don’t like them, maybe you should try living in Vietnam, if that’s not possible then follow our Vietnamese theme this May and you will be amazed how much you will like these greens and of course the Vietnamese cuisine too!! 🙂 This first dish will kick start this series to “EAT YOUR GREENS”, you will love Gỏi cuốn.  It is so fresh, light yet super flavourful and well loved by people around the world. Believe it or not, it’s not the rolls but the spicy …