What To Do With Nuoc Cham: Lemongrass Beef Over Broken Rice

Simple does not equate with plain. You know, the phrase, “it’s plain and simple?” Well, in cookery, those two words do not have to go together. Food that comes together with a minimum of ingredients does not have to taste plain. Or bland. Or boring. This recipe is a classic example of what I am […]

A Sauce of Golden Glory: Nuoc Cham

Vietnamese food, for all that I have seldom cooked it in the past, may become my newest culinary obsession. Why? Because the flavors are fresh, delicate and delightful. Like Thai and Chinese foods, Vietnamese foods are an exercise in balance between flavors, colors, textures and aromas. One of my favorite aspects of Vietnamese cookery is […]

Fools for Pho

A plate of beautiful fresh vegetables meant to customize pho. This is a love story. Like all love stories, it is about pursuit, frustration, elation and pain. It is about obsession. But it isn’t about my beloved husband, and how we came together. It is about soup. It is about a soup which arouses argument […]

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