Mi bo kho is beef stew with a delicious Vietnamese twist. Beef stew with the haunting flavours of lemongrass and star anise. Background notes of curry and just a hint of heat. So good. Bo kho is comfort food done Vietnamese style.
Vietnamese sate sauce is a garlicky, spicy flavour bomb you can throw at any Asian braise, soup, stir fry or noodle dish. Or smear it on chicken and grill. It’s loaded with big, bold southeast Asian flavours.
Authentic pho ga takes some time. Takes some attention to detail. But it’s worth it. This is one of the world’s greatest chicken noodle soups.
Bun bo xao is a quick weeknight meal. Big tastes of lemongrass, beef, chili and fresh herbs hit all the right flavour notes. It’s the best kind of salad. Everything in balance.
Sometimes you need to shake things up. Grilled chicken can be a trap. You get into a rut – making the same 3 dishes over and over. If you’re stuck there, Vietnamese grilled chicken is for you. Bright citrusy flavours. A bit of smoke. A hint of chili. The tang of ginger.
Fish and rice noodles isn’t something that just pops into your head when you’re thinking about what to make for dinner. At least it doesn’t pop into mine very often. Don’t know why. When I do think of it this is one I like. Salmon with rice noodles. It makes a fast, yet elegant weeknight meal.