Tag: vietnamese

Red Crawfish

Red Crawfish

| July 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

One of my favorite culinary mash-ups of recent years is the Vietnamese-Chinese-Cajun crawfish boil served with rice or garlic noodles. Following the arc of families moving from Vietnam to New Orleans to Southern California to, finally, San Jose and San Francisco, mud bugs have taken a garlicky turn and shown up, of all places, in Little Saigon’s across the country.

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Pho Ga: Vietnamese Penicillin

Pho Ga: Vietnamese Penicillin

| February 18, 2008 | 2 Comments

Lucky me, the flu came visiting last week. Even after three days of sleeping in bed and swallowing nothing more than bananas and Advil, I could tell my uninvited guest had no intention of leaving. Time to get serious. Cooking was out of the question — I could barely stand up straight with the long, […]

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Soup Love

Soup Love

| January 5, 2008 | 1 Comment

What do you do when the rain won’t relent, when those gorgeous bay windows welcome in the wind, and when staying home in your pajamas is not only comfortable but life-saving? Why, make soup, of course! Soup of the Day Yesterday’s soup highlighted a lucky pantry find — a forgotten can of Italian white beans. […]

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A Full Table at Vung Tau II: Random Vietnamese Food

| September 28, 2007 | 1 Comment

A recent lunch with a caravan of hungry friends reminded me of the insurmountable difference between eating in America and eating in Vietnam. Even when the food is excellent, even with folks I love, even when the weather is as freaky hot as it’s been this week. Expansive menus, with dishes numbering into the three […]

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Sharing the Sacred: Community Meals at Buddhist and Sikh Temples

| June 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

It’s been a long time since I’ve worshipped anything beyond dumplings or doughnuts on Sunday mornings, but this weekend I joined Stockton’s Sikh community at their historic temple on Grant Street. The act of sharing food as spiritual devotion has deep roots in many of the world’s religions. At Buddhist temples, serving vegetarian food to […]

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Banh Cuon & Banh Beo: Vietnamese Steamed Rice Treats

Banh Cuon & Banh Beo: Vietnamese Steamed Rice Treats

| May 6, 2007 | 2 Comments

Okay, enough with all the pho. I think it’s time for folks to try some other Vietnamese dishes. There are hundreds of snacks and soups, both in Vietnam proper and in Little Saigons around the world, but for reasons I’m still trying to understand, both restaurateurs and diners settle into predictable menus. Savory bits of […]

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Fruits of Southeast Asia

Fruits of Southeast Asia

| February 14, 2007 | 9 Comments

I am a person who has tasted a lot of different foods during my life. Before my trip last month to Vietnam, I had only traveled to Europe and around the U.S. so my experiences are limited to those places, but we live in a global village and there are lots of foods available in […]

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Getting Ready for Tet

Getting Ready for Tet

| February 11, 2007 | 7 Comments

With only one week left before the Lunar Year 4705 begins, there’s still a lot to prepare. I need to finish everything by February 18, the beginning of a particularly auspicious Year of the Boar. Some of the more important items on my TO DO list… – Scrub, dust, mop, and wash everything from floor […]

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