(Bún = rice vermicelli noodles, thịt = meat, nướng = grilled)
I want to clarify one thing you wouldn’t glean from reading my blog: I don’t cook, hence my blog will never turn into a food and recipe blog, but I love sharing mouth-watering photos of food. Nevertheless, I admire my mom’s amazing culinary skills and the magic touch she adds to the Vietnamese cuisine. It is said that all Vietnamese women are, regardless, really good at cooking, so I hope my mom’s cooking skills will rub off on me sooner or later.
Whenever you ask a Vietnamese lady where to get the best and most authentic Vietnamese food, she will most likely answer her kitchen – which is, incidentally, true. Anyhow, my mom never uses recipes so I can’t share any culinary secrets with you, unfortunately. If you want to recreate the dishes I showcase on my blog, you can always google them. The photo above includes yesterday’s terrific dinner and this post provides more details on this healthy dish, which makes the perfect summery salad. (+ A glass of Les Abeilles Côtes du Rhône will enhance the flavor). The barbecued meat, pickled vegetables and fresh herbs can also act as an exquisite filling for Vietnamese sandwiches, famously known as ‘bánh mì’. Speaking of which, I’m utterly obsessed with bánh mì.
PS: The key ingredient is lemongrass! The meat in the photo may look like char siu pork.