Bun Cha Hanoi (Vietnamese Patties & Pork in Fish Sauce)

My mom would make so many Vietnamese dishes at home from scratch. Her mental catalogue of recipes mind is endless. As I lived with my dad for most of my upbringing, this style of Vietnamese dishes would be totally foreign to me. Often times at the dinner table, I would simply think that my mom…

Vietnamese Pickled Daikon & Carrot in 30 Minutes (Đồ chua)

I’ve attempted Vietnamese pickles a dozen times. And all the many times, testing a balance between vinegar and water, and adjusting the sugar and salt levels. Little did I know that my final recipe would only use 2 tablespoons of vinegar as the liquid content. Look ahead for your new go-to quick Vietnamese pickle recipe…

Fuzzy Melon Soup with Pork & Shrimp (Canh Bi Dao)

Growing up, the dinner table would comprise of multiple Vietnamese dishes: one to two mains and one large sharing bowl of soup to finish. We would have our personal serving bowls filled with rice and a plate to lean our chopsticks & spoon. This fuzzy melon soup is one of the many soups my dad…

Crispy Rice Paper Rolls (Cha Gio)

Meet my favourite Vietnamese appetizer that I never order. Cha gio comes in either a rice paper wrapper, or more commonly a yellow egg wrapper. The rice paper wrapper is far superior in my books. With a fry, you get that chew, and light crisp, and all the filling. You can make these rolls to your preference: all vegetarian, without taro, or a combo of everything, like I have!

Vegetable Chow Mein Noodles (No Wok Needed!)

The flavours in this chow mein recipe comes close to one of my favourites. The best chow mein I’ve tasted is from Sam’s Congee or that one Soy Bean place in Heritage Court (now a memory). The portion size from both restaurants are very small. And notice how at both places, they have star dishes…

Easy Scallion Pancake Hack (with Wonton Wrappers) + Dipping Sauce

Flaky, oily, salty golden crusted scallion pancakes, aka cong you bing (葱油饼). I love ordering these savoury green onion pancakes at my favourite dumpling spot in town, and taking bites between slurps of juicy, dumplings. I’ve tried to replicate this dish at home with flour & water plenty of times, but with no success. A…

The Crispiest Vietnamese Crepe (Bánh Xèo)

Another childhood favourite! Sizzling Vietnamese crepes, aka Banh Xeo. The best crepes are crispy on the outside, and accompanied with loads of fresh vegetables. These crepes are filled with pork belly, shrimp, bean sprouts and, at times, mung bean, every bite is a treat. It’s always served with fresh, crunchy lettuce, as well as optionally…

Shrimp & Beef Dumplings

I stopped having expectations on taste when making dumplings a while go. Often times, it’s not juicy enough or the wrapper is just not right. Recently, I connected the similarities of my favourite Chinese dumpling: bites of juicy shrimp, a soft outer dumpling wrapper and a savoury filling (with beef & shrimp). I’ve finally created…

Mini Porchetta Roll Sandwich

Spending hours by an oven is not my preference. My most used function on the oven is the broil mode – and I’m a pro. Set oven to broil on low, timer for 5 minutes, and you have the perfect day-two fries and wings from last night’s dinner! When came the opportunity to buy a…