pork vermicelli

Vietnamese

From grilled-pork banh mi to chicken meatballs in lettuce wraps, here are some delicious Vietnamese recipes.

Spiced Beef Pho with Sesame-Chile Oil

Ingredients: 26

The rice vermicelli soup pho is a staple all over Vietnam and this spicy beef version is the specialty of Hanoi. At home in Connecticut, Marcia Kiesel often eats it for breakfast, as the Vietnamese do. “It’s a perfect meal and an invigorating way to start the day,” she says. She’s tried innumerable phos but considers the recipe from Binh Duong, her co-author on Simple Art of Vietnamese Cooking, to be the best.

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Vermicelli with Chicken Skewers and Nuoc Cham

In this version of a Vietnamese dish, individual piles of cucumber, fresh herbs, and grilled chicken are arranged on a platter of vermicelli and bean sprouts. Tangy nuoc cham sauce is poured over all. As each diner takes a portion, the components intermingle.

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Grilled-Pork Banh Mi

Luke Nguyen grew up in Australia and learned to cook at his Vietnamese parents’ restaurant. He later opened his own restaurant, The Red Lantern, in Sydney. On his first visit to Saigon 11 years ago, he had this simple sandwich filled with peppery pork and hoisin sauce.

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Vietnamese-Style Iced Coffee

Cold-brewing involves steeping ground coffee in cold water. RBC NYC coffee bar uses the method here.

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Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Sandwiches

The Vietnamese accents here come from Sriracha (Southeast Asian chile sauce) and sweet-salty pickled onions.

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Vietnamese-Style Jumbo Shrimp on Sugarcane

Exotic as it is delicious, this jumbo shrimp dish is the perfect dinner party appetizer.

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Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Bold flavors star in this Vietnamese salad—acidic lime juice, hot pepper, salty soy sauce, and cooling herbs. The combination of mint and cilantro is typical and refreshing, but you can use only one herb, or leave them both out completely if you prefer.

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Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings

Chef-owner Andy Ricker, who takes annual trips to Southeast Asia, first tried fish sauce wings at a roadside stand in Saigon seven years ago. He scribbled down his guess at the ingredients on a paper napkin, which he carried with him until Pok Pok opened.

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Lemongrass-Barbecued Pork with Rice-Vermicelli Salad

Mai My Lin, one of the chefs Marcia Kiesel met at the Nha Trang night market, prepares an aromatic and pungent marinade for grilled pork with two quintessential Vietnamese ingredients—lemongrass and fish sauce. The real surprise here is Mai’s zesty Carrot and Daikon Pickles, which are amazing with the smoky grilled meat.

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Country Pâté Banh Mi

Silken tofu blended with lemongrass and lime juice is a terrific dairy-free stand-in for mayonnaise in this riff on the Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. Adam Erace sometimes makes the sandwich with local scrapple (a hash of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal and shaped into a log or loaf).

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Crunchy Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Chef Way Eric and Sophie Banh like to poach the chicken for this vibrant dish, then toss the salad with a homemade scallion oil.

Easy Way To save time, use store-bought rotisserie chicken and skip the scallion oil; the salad already gets plenty of flavor from the spicy, vinegary dressing and abundance of fresh herbs.

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Shrimp and Jicama Rolls with Chili-Peanut Sauce

At school in Vietnam, Charles Phan and his classmates would buy these chewy rice-paper rolls, filled with crunchy jicama and sweet shrimp, from enterprising street vendors who set up their stalls in the playground at dismissal time. Phan loves the neatness of including the sauce in the roll rather than serving it alongside, but he often makes extra for those who insist on dipping.

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Joyce’s Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs in Lettuce Wraps

Small Bites by Jennifer Joyce takes the popular restaurant trend of small plates and turns it into a fresh style of entertaining. Joyce’s party recipes are clever but extremely doable: She gives chicken meatballs a heavenly sticky glaze, for instance, by rolling them in sugar before baking.

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Piquillo-Pepper Num Pangs

To save time, Ratha Chau suggests spiking store-bought pesto with chiles, lime and fish sauce instead of making the pesto here.

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Banh Cuon

Banh cuon (“rolling cake”) are tender rice-flour crêpes filled with a luscious mix of pork and mushrooms and topped with fried shallots. Marcia Kiesel steams the stuffed crêpes in big batches on a baking sheet in the oven to get them on the table more quickly.

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Crispy Vietnamese Crêpes with Shrimp, Pork and Bean Sprouts

When Charles Phan samples banh xeo (a.k.a. “happy pancakes”) at Vietnamese restaurants, he often finds that they aren’t crisp enough. Phan thinks the perfect crêpe should be lacy thin and crackly crisp. After years of obsessive experimentation, he recommends refrigerating the batter overnight, so the starches have time to relax, then cooking the crêpes in a nonstick pan.

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Bananas in Coffee Bean Syrup

Every morning in Nha Trang, Marcia Kiesel topped yogurt with these bananas steeped in warm, bittersweet coffee syrup; they’re also delicious over vanilla ice cream for dessert. Make sure the bananas you choose for this recipe are ripe but still firm, so they don’t get mushy.

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This is so long overdue! I’ve finally uploaded my photos from my SoCal trip two weeks ago! Here is the first of many photo sets (I apologize in advance if you get sick of seeing my face on your dash).

After landing in Long Beach, my boyfriend’s sister treated me out to a Vietnamese restaurant in San Gabriel Valley, AKA Little Asia (OK, it’s not really called that but there are SO many Asians living in this area). I had a yummy bowl of BBQ pork vermicelli to kick off my trip!

In the evening, we drove to my boo’s homecoming at Los Alamitos Army Airfield! I was incredibly excited and nervous. When we arrived, it was like something out of the movies: we waited for them in a military hangar, American flags and colors were draped all over, there was even a motorcycle brigade! Oh, and news crews were present!

My boyfriend invited some of his friends to his homecoming, and although it was super far, they made the trip out! They arrived right as the plane was landing. I was really happy that they made it.

Around 8pm, just as the sun was setting, we saw their plane approach against a picturesque backdrop of a purple and orange sky. People were screaming and all of the iPhones and iPads popped out in droves. It actually made it extremely difficult to see. There were two fire trucks that sprayed water over the plane as it passed by (what are you guys doing? CA is in a drought!). The plane came to a stop and the crowd anxiously waited for the doors to open and reunite with their soldiers.

As a line of soldiers exited and headed down the staircase, my heart started racing and I got incredibly nervous. I’m not sure why, but I guess it’s all of the longing and anticipation I’ve experienced the past nine months waiting for his return. There were couples reuniting all around me—hugging, kissing, laughing. It was so beautiful! I still hadn’t spotted my soldier yet, and I was starting to worry I missed him and he’s actually somewhere in the sea of people.

Luckily, my boyfriend is tall. I scanned the crowd and found the balloons his mom had brought and there he was with her! We locked eyes, and I made a beeline straight to him. It was like in the movies (I guess this whole occasion sounds like a movie)! I was dodging people and squeezing in between families. When I finally reached him, I ran into his arms! His embrace was something so strange, yet familiar. I haven’t held him for so long that it felt foreign. But holding him also felt so comfortable, like old times. We embraced each other for a very long time and I started crying. I don’t even know why! I wasn’t sad, I guess they were tears of joy (I know, so corny)! I remember he picked me up and I just wrapped my arms around his neck and did not let go. It was something truly indescribable. And just like that, my baby was home!