Fragrant Beef Stew and Chicken Ranching

Vietnamese Entree FRAGRANT BEEF STEW INGREDIENTS – MARINADE 2¼ pounds beef, chuck, top round3 garlic cloves3 lemongrass stalks or 1 tablespoon lemongrass paste¼ teaspoon annatto powder2 teaspoons Chinese five spice½ tablespoon minced ginger½ teaspoon pepper1 […]

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You Say Tofu, I Say Tofu

Vietnamese Appetizer LEMONGRASS AND FIVE SPICE TOFU INGREDIENTS 2 stalks lemongrass 3 garlic cloves 1¼ pounds firm tofu 1 cup vegetable oil (2 tablespoons more later) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil ½ teaspoon red chile flakes […]

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How to Say All Over the World, “No lutefisk, please, it makes me ill. Where is the nearest taco truck?”


  “No lutefisk, please, it makes me ill. Where is the nearest taco truck?” I used GoogleTM Translate to translate the above phrases into the following languages. You might never need to use these words […]

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Chicken Banh Mi and Van Gogh, potato painter


Vietnamese Entree CHICKEN BANH MI INGREDIENTS 4 8″ baguettes (not overly cripsy) 3 medium carrots ¼ pound daikon 3 tablespoons sugar ½ cup rice vinegar 2 Thai red chiles or jalapeños 1 tablespoon lime juice […]

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Easy Beef Pho and the Rise of Dr. Seuss

Vietnamese Soup EASY BEEF PHO INGREDIENTS 2 cups beef pho broth 12 ounces rice noodles 8 ounces thinly sliced sirloin 4 ounces deli-sliced roast beef ½ cup fresh basil 5 green onion stalks 1 or […]

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls and Eternal Full Employment

Vietnamese Entree SPRING ROLLS (cha gio) INGREDIENTS – SAUCE 1/4 teaspoon Thai chili or red pepper flakes or minced serrano 1/4 cup fish sauce or Hoisin sauce 1 tablespoon lime juice 1/4 cup sugar ½ […]

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