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Morning vendor selling puffed rice & corn from her bicycle.

Morning vendor selling Nam puffed rice & corn from her bicycle. These vary from simple savory/unflavored puffed kernels for quick snacking, to sweetened bars of many ilk. Totally different to popcorn, these are typically puffed (vs high projectile popped) in hot sand and later cleaned. Overseas equivalents available at health food grocers or in a […]

Morning crab noodles

Morning crab noodles in Haiphong, Vietnam: banh da cua from Miss Yen The city’s best! A well pounded crab mash flavors the stock, plus its “butter” floats on top. The brownish hued rice noodles likewise indicate crab essence in its manufacture. fish/crab ball dumplings are impressed with a single small shiitake mushroom, plus there is […]

Preparations for our Spice Experience cooking class

Preparations for our Spice Experience cooking class today with celebrity chef Didier Corlou in Hanoi. An expert in culinary spice blends, our course included rare hill tribe spices, fragrant curry blends, and a plethora of salts — both flavored and single origin. “I like chicken with my curry, not curry with my chicken,” proclaims Didier, […]

Vietnamese chicken & mint salad from my book Vietnamese Cooking

Vietnamese chicken & mint salad from my book Vietnamese Cooking (Periplus). Mint & Vietnamese mint with a nuoc cham dressing plus shallots, garlic & chili. Fresh & beautiful flavours. Chicken salad with herbs – Nom ga xe INGREDIENTS 1 lb (500 g) pearl onions or small boiling (pickling) onions, peeled 1 tablespoon  rice vinegar or white […]