Bun Rieu – Vietnamese Crab Noodle Soup

Bun Rieu is one of my favorite soups to make, because it is so simple and easy to whip up. I've made this on a weeknight before, but it's usually a weekend recipe since it does take a little bit of prep work. Getting all of the ingredients can be a challenge, and a bit on the pricey side - because the cost of getting real crab can be high. You MUST go to the Asian supermarket in order to make … [Read more...]

Sup Mang Cua – Asparagus and Crab Soup

Sup Mang Cua, or Vietnamese Asparagus and Crab Soup, has always been one of my favorite soups, and a cherished childhood memory. Growing up, my mom would always make this soup on Sunday mornings. It was our lunch after we got home from Mass. This soup is easy to make, and it offers a lot of versatility in terms of what you put in it. When I was younger, we didn’t always have fresh asparagus on … [Read more...]

Ginger Lemongrass Snails with Chiles (Oc Luoc)

This weekend, I am in Denver, Colorado visiting my friend, Steven. My good friends, the Vagabloggers, Josh and Meisha, decided to make a pitstop to Denver on their way up to explore the Northwest. We went to the coolest Asian supermarket here in Denver and found live snails! Visiting the rice paddy fields in Vietnam and handpicking snails with my cousins is a fond memory that I have of my … [Read more...]

Pho Ga – Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

When you think of Vietnamese food, what comes to mind? Let me guess . . . is it Pho? The Japanese are known for their Sushi; the Koreans for Kim Chi; and the Vietnamese for Pho. Pho is considered the national dish of Vietnam. It’s a Vietnamese noodle soup that can be made from beef or chicken. In the United States, Pho Bo (the beef version of this famous dish) is more popular and more … [Read more...]