Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon – Do Chua

I have always held out on making this on my own because it just looked like so much work. For years, I believed that making do chua was a long and tedious process of chopping up carrots and daikon. The thought of it always made me shudder with fear and then the very familiar general […]

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Vietnamese Fish Cakes with Dill – Cha Ca Thi La

My mother’s fish cake recipe is something that has made her quite popular with her friends. She has always been complimented on her fish cakes and it was a struggle to get this recipe. I had to go down the road of pointing that if anything ever happened to her, then all these fantastic recipes […]

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Vietnamese Chicken Soup with Vermicelli Noodles – Mien Ga

Chicken soup with vermicelli noodles is a Vietnamese dish that is guaranteed to comfort on any miserable day! There are times in Canberra that are so cold I believe the only ones roaming outside are the white walkers. On these days, I generally avoid leaving the comfort of my bed, but when my little girl […]

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Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls – Cha Gio

These little morsels of goodness are always a crowd pleaser. Think minced prawn and pork, mixed with vegetables and noodles for even more texture and flavour, wrapped in pastry then deep-fried to crispy perfection. Best of all, they can be prepped in advanced and stored in your freezer, ready to go for whenever you have […]

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Traditional Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls – Goi Cuon

The first dinner party Steph and I ever hosted was a rice paper roll night! I remember Steph being very relaxed while I was the complete opposite. It was the first time we had ever done something like this, so I was naturally a train wreck. Rather than make the rolls ourselves, we chose to […]

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Lemon Barley Water

When life gives you lemons, make… lemon barley water? Every now and then I’ll find something in some obscure corner of the Internet and it’ll become my little obsession for a week or so. Like kiwifruit bread. Or plarn. I think Scruff’s sort of gotten used to me showing him random stuff I’ve found on […]

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Prawn and Sweet Potato Fritters – Banh Tom

Every now and again, I get an urge to deep fry something for dinner. Whenever this is the case, I have a few solid recipes I turn to. One of those recipes are these amazing prawn and sweet potato fritters we Vietnamese call banh tom (which translates to prawn cake). This little bad boy is […]

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