Vietnamese Recipes

Spicy Steve's Vietnamese Recipes

Spicy Steve's Favorite Recipes


STARTERS & SAUCES

Vietnamese Bean & Peanut Dipping Sauce
(tuong goi cuon)
This is a traditional dipping sauce which has many variations. It goes great with salad rolls. This version is heavy on the peanuts to make it a quasi peanut sauce versus pure bean dip.

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce
(Nuoc Cham)
This is an essential sauce found on almost every Vietnamese table and is used to enhance many a dish. The base ingredient of every variation is fish sauce, or nuoc mam, as it is known in Vietnam. Nuoc cham is also the classic dip to go with Vietnamese Spring Rolls. The Vietnamese like to add thinly sliced vegetables such as carrot and marinated daikon to add flavour to their nuoc cham. In the south they also add sugar, lime juice and sometimes dilute the sauce with water where in the north of the country they blend a simpler and more concentrated version. You can easily vary this sauce to meet your own tastes.

Vietnamese Salad Rolls
(goi cuon)
Salad rolls are great for a healthy and light summer meal and also make great appetizers and snacks year round. Fresh Asian mint accents this particular dish, although you could use other herbs such as cilantro. The salad rolls in Vancouver are usually served with a peanut dipping sauce, although in Vietnam you see them more often with a bean dip.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls
(cha gio in the south, nem ran in the north)
A mainstay at Vietnamese restaurants, spring rolls are traditionally eaten wrapped in lettuce leaves with fresh herbs and dipped in nuoc cham dipping sauce. The combination of these crispy rolls with fresh lettuce, herbs and the tangy dip is one of those uniquely memorable Asian food experiences. For extra crispy rolls, the version made around the old royal city of Hue in central Vietnam, are double fried.


SOUPS & SALADS

Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup with Beef
(Pho Tai)
This is the soup that symbolizes Vietnam. You will find Pho noodle houses not only all over Vietnam but also any major North American city with a large Vietnamese community like Vancouver. Good pho should have a clear broth with a bold beefy flavour, a hint of star anise, good quality meat, noodles cooked just right and a plate of fresh herbs, chillies, lime, bean sprouts and sauces to accompany it. “Pho” is the common beef stock soup base and “tai” describes the lean beef slices served in it raw that you separate with your chopsticks to let cook in the piping hot soup broth. Pho is also served with other cuts of beef. Pho is a complete meal that you build your own way by adding only the extras that you like.

Vietnamese Salad Rolls
(goi cuon)
Salad rolls are great for a healthy and light summer meal and also make great appetizers and snacks year round. Fresh Asian mint accents this particular dish, although you could use other herbs such as cilantro. The salad rolls in Vancouver are usually served with a peanut dipping sauce, although in Vietnam you see them more often with a bean dip.


BEEF, PORK & OTHER MEATS

Vietnamese Beef Stew
(thit bo kho)
A tasty beef stew to warm a cold winter’s night. The distinctive orange colour of this stew comes from the addition of the oil that has been fried and soaked in annatto seeds. Lemongrass, chillies, start anise and curry powder also figure prominently in this aromatic dish. This dish is eaten at breakfast with a mini French baguette or at other times of the day with noodles or rice.


CHICKEN & OTHER POULTRY

Stir Fried Lemongrass Chicken
(ga xao xa ot)
This is another classic Vietnamese dish that your family and guests will really enjoy. It makes a complete meal when served with rice.