Making a Vietnamese Shrimp Spring Roll is like Making a Burrito!

April 11, 2010

There is a big different between a Spring Roll and an Egg Roll! In a Chinese Restaurant there usually isn’t a choice.  But with the Chinese Restaurants combining their menus with Vietnamese food, you will see on the menu Spring Rolls (or Summer Rolls) and Egg Rolls.  So what’s the difference? An Egg Roll is fried and […]

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Finding Lang Basil

March 24, 2010

I love to grow and cook with Basil as you can see from my blog at Ramona’s Basil Garden. I have a post where I am searching for the mysterious Chocolate Basil.  Now I am searching for Láng Basil!  There are other Vietnamese Basils that are similar, but this particular basil is grown in the […]

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Happy Vietnamese Lunar New Year

March 17, 2010

Actually the Vietnamese Lunar New Year was on February 14th, but I needed to prepare a recipe to go along with this article. The Lunar New Year is also known as Tet. Tet Nguyen Dan, translated as the “festival (or feast) of the first day.” The celebration is the same as the Chinese, but the […]

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Steamed Chicken with Ginger Sweet Soy Sauce

March 7, 2010

The steamed chicken with ginger sweet soy sauce is a delicious dish!  The only time consuming part was making all the sauces that went into making the Ginger Sweet Soy Sauce.  The sauces making up the Ginger Sweet Soy Sauce include sweet soy sauce and chili garlic sauce.    I could have used store bought […]

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My First Visit to a Real Asian Market

February 27, 2010

Wow! I don’t know how to describe this hugh Real Asian Market. David took me to MT Asian Supermarket in Austin, Texas. We went down every aisle and took our time looking at all the unusual items this Asian supermarket had to offer.  It was like being a child in Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The […]

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Finding the Perfect Rice Steamer

February 22, 2010

A light bulb came on today! I understand what makes the perfect rice, STEAM! Let me explain…When I was growing up we made white rice, just plain old white rice in a pot on the stove. You put a cup of water into a small pot, added 1/2 cup of plain old white rice. Brought […]

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Making Vietnamese Steamed Shrimp Rice Cakes with Light Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

February 17, 2010

I’m really getting into cooking Vietnamese Food! I can’t believe that it has taken me so long to discover that I love Vietnamese food and I love cooking it too! Husband and chief food taster David says “I love this food. We could be Vietnamese, Mexican and Italian too!” With the freshest of ingredients used […]

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I Got a Real Bamboo Steamer!

February 10, 2010

I’m ready and excited to use my newly purchased Bamboo Steamer! I can almost taste the steamed rice. Okay, what do I do first and how long will the rice take to steam before I can eat a BIG bowl of it? I opened the package to see what the instructions said about how to […]

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Mama Nida’s Asian Market

February 8, 2010

After spending so much time in Eggemeyers, it was time to find an Asian Grocery Store.  I had heard that there was a small one from the Vietnamese lady that used to do my nails. She and her co-workers think it is so odd that I don’t speak the language.  They just chatter away and […]

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Passport to Asia

February 6, 2010

Passport to Asia event was sponsored by Volunteer Services Council for the San Angelo State Supported Living Center.  David and I were excited to be able to attend to sample Asian dishes.  Since I have been cooking Vietnamese food, we were anxious to possible sample some Vietnamese food.  Later I found out that they were […]

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