Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Udon Noodle Soup (Banh Canh)

            When you think of popular Vietnamese noodle soups, what's the first thing that pops up in your head?  Pho, right?  Well, in Phu Quoc, my parents' hometown in Vietnam, Banh Canh, a.k.a. Vietnamese Udon Noodle Soup is king.  This is what I remember seeing most people eat on a … Continue reading Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Udon Noodle Soup (Banh Canh)

Broken Rice with Pork Chops and Egg (Com Tam Thit Nuong)

Cơm Tấm, or Broken Rice, is the name of a Vietnamese dish prepared using a Jasmine rice that is crushed into finer pieces during the milling process.  You can buy prepackaged broken rice at the Asian grocery store.There are quite a few fantastic Vietnamese restaurants in San Jose dedicated to serving Cơm Tấm.  I always … Continue reading Broken Rice with Pork Chops and Egg (Com Tam Thit Nuong)

Caramelized Braised Pork and Eggs (Thit Kho Trung)

                  Tết, or Lunar New Year, is the most popular and exciting Vietnamese holiday during the year. A few weeks prior to Tết, Vietnamese shopping centers are flooded with vendors selling beautiful flowers, festive decorations, illegal firecrackers, and distinct Vietnamese specialty food available only during Tết. I … Continue reading Caramelized Braised Pork and Eggs (Thit Kho Trung)

Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon)

Gỏi Cuốn, directly translated to English as Salad Roll, is one of the freshest, simple, delicious, and popular appetizers ordered at Vietnamese restaurants.  However, at my house, Gỏi Cuốn is commonly served as a full meal, family-style. All the fresh ingredients are prepared in advance and placed on the dinner table. When it's time to … Continue reading Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon)

Vietnamese Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup (Canh Kho Qua)

I never knew researching bitter melon could be so interesting and informative. Besides being just a bitter vegetable, I learned that there are health benefits eating bitter melon which includes helping improve diabetic and toxemia conditions.  It is also known for being good for your skin and is packed with tons of nutrients and minerals.  … Continue reading Vietnamese Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup (Canh Kho Qua)