Northern Vietnamese Rib Noodle Soup Bowl

*There's a video tutorial at the end of this post. rib-noodle-soup-bowl_vietnamese-cuisine_vietnamese-food-blog_indiechine_bunbung-3 I was silent last week on the blog because we went to Bangkok for a mini vacation. We had a lot of fun there just strolling around the city, shopping for cute, inexpensive hand-made T shirts, and eating mango sticky rice, a popular Thai dessert, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and after dinner snack. Read more

Panna Cotta with Fresh Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit_ Panna Cotta_Dessert_Vietnamese Cuisine_Indiechine-7 Passion fruit_ Panna Cotta_Dessert_Vietnamese Cuisine_Indiechine-9 This past week the heat was so brutal that both of us got a cold from switching back and forth too often between a cool air-conditioned room to the burning heat. But we're ok now, and I'm back to the sauna/kitchen creating and documenting recipes with great enthusiasm! Read more

Pineapple Fried Rice

*There's a video tutorial at the end of this blog post. Pineapple Fried Rice_Vietnamese food_Indiechine-8 In the winter time our favorite part of going to the hotel gym where we work out is to use a very nice sauna there after swimming. About two weeks ago, as we walked out of the swimming pool, I asked my husband if he was going to the sauna. "I did. All day", he said. "I was soaking wet just being in our living room." The heat and humidity in May here is in fact quite brutal, at least it is for us. Locals don't seem to mind though. Yesterday I met up with a Hoi-An native friend and when my arm was about to fall off from fanning myself so hard with a paper fan, she told me that she was longing for summer to come. I almost cried. I hope you're not yet tired of me talking about the weather here. I'm not complaining - just trying to give some context. It's the weather and seasonal food that determines what I cook and eat. Pineapple fried rice_Vietnamese food_Indiechine Pineapple Fried Rice_Vietnamese food_Indiechine-2 Read more

A Vietnamese vegan meal

Goodbye European castles and cobblestoned streets! Goodbye budding tulips and daffodils in chilly wind! Goodbye giant plates of steak and potatoes, beer and sausages! We're back home to sunshine and beach, to mangoes and watermelons, and to vegetables and herbs! Read more

Vietnamese banana blossom salad

Banana blossom salad_Vietnamese cuisine_Indiechine-2 Everybody knows each other in the small local market near my house, and the sellers there know not only me but also my husband. It must be difficult for them not to remember us - I speak Vietnamese with a Northern accent and my husband is an American who's too tall to walk under the low bamboo roof in the market. Read more

Mushroom & Tofu Braised in Caramelized Shallots & Soy Sauce

Braised Mushroom_Vegan_Vietnamese cuisine_Indiechine blog Last week we flew to Ho Chi Minh City (AKA Saigon) to run some errands and had lunch at Cuc Gach Quan (meaning A Piece of Brick Restaurant) - one of my favorite restaurants in Vietnam. If you ever visit Vietnam, I can't recommend enough that you try it. The restaurant cooks authentic Vietnamese meals in an utterly serene Vietnamese rural style. It reminds me of my grandparents' place in the countryside when I was growing up, except for the addition of the very nice music playing and relaxing smell of lemongrass oil essence. Read more

Vietnamese Sesame Rice Donuts

*Scroll down to the end of this blog post for a video tutorial of this recipe.  Vietnamese Sesame Rice Donuts_Banh Ran Vung_Indiechine Calligraphy_Linh_Christmas_Indiechine Call me childish, but I'm a little more excited about this Christmas season because I took a calligraphy workshop last month. For the first time in my life, I can make pretty Christmas cards by myself. That really means a lot to me as I always find it so rewarding to hand make something from scratch for my loved ones. For almost two weeks now, I wake up really early, make myself some tea, put a candle under some essential oil, and practice drawing and writing. My dining table is piled up with papers, water colors and ink. It's messy, but I think it's a joyful, festive looking mess. (I think my husband thinks so too.) Read more

Butternut Squash Soup with a Vietnamese touch for a Nostagic Rainy Morning

*There's a video tutorial at the end of this post. Pumpkin Soup_Indiechine Blog Little did I know that I would so quickly miss New York City. I've been so happy with the tropical sunshine and blue beaches here after a couple of hard winters in the northeast US. Then one  mid-October morning it started raining heavily and I found myself nostalgic for the fall in New York. Read more

Vietnamese Beef Stew in Red Wine

*There's a video tutorial at the end of this post. Bo sot vang Vietnamese Cuising Beef Stew Indiechine Blog_-5 The new tourist season in this town has just begun. It started this morning, I think, when I heard giggles and laughs from groups of tourists biking through the late summer heat on the dirt road in front of our house. The sky was bright and blue and clear, a big change from our recent visit by Tropical Storm Vamco. While we had mild temperatures and overcast skies over the last few days, we realize now that the true rainy season may still be a month away. Read more

Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Soup

*There's a video tutorial at the end of this post. Vietnamese Cuisine Canh Chua Tom by Indiechine Blog Say hi to the fall. It's officially here! "Darken your nail colors", said fashion magazines. "Stuff your kitchen with the fall's delicious beauties - persimmons, pears, pumpkins, and the like", said cooking magazines. "How about a graceful goodbye to summer?", I thought. "Let's cook up a bowl of sweet and sour tomato and pineapple based soup, when the fruits are still juicy and sweet. Add some fragrant herbs, some seafood for protein, and some chili to spice up the autumn breezes", answered my stomach. Read more