RICE NOODLES WITH MARINATED PORK (North)

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1 lb (500 g) boneless pork belly spareribs or butterfly steaks 3 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tablespoons fish sauce Freshly ground pepper to taste 2 teaspoons sugar Cooked fresh rice noodles Lettuce leaves METHOD Slice the pork into pieces. Crush the garlic in a mortar then add the fish sauce, pepper and sugar or blend […]

SOUTHERN RICE NOODLE SOUP

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This soup was probably borrowed from China. Sour fish soup is the traditional soup of South Vietnam, with noodle soups existing traditionally only in central and northern Vietnam. 13 oz (375 g) packets dried rice noodles 7 oz (200 g) pork or fish balls 8 oz (250 g) Chinese barbecued pork (cha siew) or pork […]

RICE NOODLES CUBES

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Boil rice vermicelli for 5 minutes, drain it and spread it out in a shallow dish in an even layer about ¾ in (2 cm) thick. Once the vermicelli has cooked it will stick together. Cut the cake of noodles into cubes and serve.

VINEGAR-DIPPED BEEF AND SEAFOOD

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The double quantity is provided here for serving this dish at a party. For an ordinary meal you could select either beef or seafood only and cook in half the liquid. 1 lb (500 g) beef fillet 3 thin slices fresh ginger root, peeled and finely chopped 2 tablespoons sesame seed, roasted in a dry […]

GRILLED FISH

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There is one restaurant left in Hanoi on a street that was once called Cha Ca Street that serves nothing but this specialty. Unfortunately one of its most important flavorings, the juice extracted from a particular bug, is not available outside Vietnam. The dish, however, is still interesting without it. 3 shallots, sliced 2 cloves […]

THAI FRIED NOODLES

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Noodles in soup or fried are the standard lunch dish of urban Thailand. Most are close to the Chinese prototypes from which they are derived. Thai Fried Noodles (Phat Thai), however, contain flavors that are characteristically Thai. This particular version of the dish gets its name from the use of Chantaburi noodles, but use Thai […]

FRESH NOODLES WITH GREENS AND SOY SAUCE

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This is one of those dishes indicative of Southeast Asia. Introduced everywhere by overseas Chinese, it seems very much at home in the northern town of Nan, where this recipe comes from. 3 tablespoons oil 12 oz (350 g) fresh flat rice noodles (buy the folded slabs available in Asian food stores and slice into […]