How to make: Vietnamese iced coffee (ca phe sua da, cafe sua da)


Coffee fiend that I am, the first time I saw this concoction in an episode of Bobby Chinn's TV show on the Travel & Living Channel, I knew I was going to try it at home. It's iced coffee, Vietnamese style -- very strong brewed coffee (think espresso) mixed with sweetened condensed milk and stirred with ice.You'd be … [Read more...]

How to cook: Vietnamese beef stew


This is a deconstructed recipe. My husband so loves the beef stew at Pho Hoa (above) that I wanted to try and make it at home. I did find a recipe for beef stew in one of the three Vietnamese cookbooks that I have but I felt that the list of spices was kind of "blonde." It happens when you have Westerners cooking their … [Read more...]

How to cook: Lemongrass tamarind chicken


It is curious how one finds the basic sweet and sour dish in the cuisine of every Southeast Asian country. We Filipinos have our escabeche; the Thai have their Pad Preow Wan Kai (they even have a name for their sweet and sour sauce -- Nam Jim Priao Wan); the Malaysians have a cooking style known as Masak Branda / Belanda … [Read more...]

How to make: Vietnamese spring rolls


We never go to a Vietnamese restaurant without ordering spring rolls. Between Pho Hoa and Pho Bac, I prefer the latter's spring rolls. Apart from that though, my vote goes to Pho Hoa all the way. It's always been my dream to make Vietnamese spring rolls at home but it wasn't easy getting hold of rice spring roll wrappers. … [Read more...]

How to cook: Cabbage rolls soup


There are two cabbage rolls recipes in the archive of my other blog. One has chicken filling, served with white sauce and topped with grated cheese. The other is the more traditional version, stuffed with ground pork and simmered in tomato sauce. Little did I know that stuffed cabbage, or cabbage rolls, are served as a soup … [Read more...]

How to cook: Vietnamese chicken satay with nuoc cham


Chicken satay without peanuts. I couldn't believe it myself having associated satay with peanut butter. But this recipe from Vietnamese Cooking Made Easy (recipes by Nongkran Daks, Alexandra Greeley and Wendy Hutton; published by Periplus) is peanut-free. It is light and succulent, delicate with just the right hints of … [Read more...]

How to cook: Chicken in caramel sauce


It's amazing how intertwined Asian cuisines are. Southeast Asian countries have different versions of noodle soups, for instance. Chinese influence, definitely -- the Chinese have been trading with various Asian countries for centuries. In fact, in the Philippines, the Chinese have been doing business even before the … [Read more...]