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Vietnamese food is such a vibrant cuisine. It is one of my favourites. It is homey and comfortable; yet, it can be so complex. Sometimes, it is hard to think outside of a bowl of pho noodles. Kim Thuy’s cookbook Secrets of my Vietnamese Kitchen shares beautiful storytelling with simple and wonderful recipes that are full of flavour and easy to make. Reading her cookbook is like reading the Joy Luck Club all over again.
- Bowls and Stir-Fries
- Grilled and Fried
- Slow Cooking
- Desserts and Snacks
- Vietnamese Food-Wine Pairings
- Vietnamese Food-Music Pairings
There are over 50 delicious easy to make recipes to choose from in Secrets From My Vietnamese Kitchen. Every meal is an opportunity to show how and to be grateful for those who sit down and eat with us.
My favourite recipes that I’ve bookmarked include:
- Garlic Beef Stir Fry – Bo Xao
- Caramel Pork – Thit Ram
- Stuffed Squash Soup – Canh Bau
- Soursop Smoothie – Sinh To Mang Cau
- Vietnamese Meatloaf – Thit Chung Trung
- Fried Lemongrass Fish – Ca Chien Sa
- Salmon Steaks two-ay – Ca Chien
- Nathalie’s Matcha Tea Cookies
A hot bowl of soup always seems fitting no matter the season. A hot bowl of soup is warming in the winter. While a bowl of sweet and sour soup is cooling in the summer. The longer you let the flavours infuse, the better the soup is.
- 3 Tbsp (75 g) tamarind paste 3/4 cup (180 mL) boiling water 6 cups (1.5 L) water
- 3 Tbsp (45 mL) fish sauce
- 11/4 lb (560 g) tilapia fillets (or another
- firm-fleshed fish)
- 1/4 fresh pineapple, peeled and cored 2 ripe tomatoes, cut into quarters 8 to 10 fresh okra, sliced
- 1 stalk taro, peeled and sliced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 11/2 cups (150 g) bean sprouts
- 1 bunch rice paddy herbs, coarsely chopped 1 bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped Fried onions or garlic, to taste
- Bird’s eye chili, thinly sliced, for serving Fish sauce dressing, for serving (p. 23)
- Spoon the tamarind paste into a bowl and cover with the boiling water. Let stand for 15 minutes.
- Pour the 6 cups (1.5 L) water into a stockpot, then add the fish sauce.
- Pour the tamarind paste and water mixture through a sieve into the stockpot. With a spoon, press down on the tamarind flesh to extract as much pulp as possible. Discard the seeds and residual pulp.
- Stir to combine and bring to a boil.
- Add the fish fillets to the broth and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the fish and reserve.
- Slice the pineapple lengthwise, then cut each piece into 1/2-inch (1.2 cm) thick slices.
- Add the pineapple and tomatoes to the broth and bring back to a boil.
- Add the okra and taro, lightly season with salt and pepper, and keep cooking for 2 minutes.
- Add the fish back to the pot, then stir in the bean sprouts, rice paddy herbs and cilantro. Bring back to a simmer, then remove from heat.
- Serve piping hot, sprinkled with fried onions or garlic, with bowls of bird’s eye chili and fish sauce dressing to dip the fish in.
- The longer you let the flavours infuse, the better the soup is. You can prepare it hours in advance and reheat it when you’re ready to serve.
- Garnish with reserved cilantro and green onions just before serving.
Excerpted from Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen: Simple Recipes from My Many Mothers by Kim Thuy. Copyright © 2017 Editions Libre Expression. Translated from the French by Sheila Fischman. Recipes translated by Marie Asselin. Appetite by Random House edition published in 2019. Food Photography by Sarah Scott. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
This cookbook is a gem and every meal is so homey and comforting. Although some recipes take time to digest and perfect, but I would recommend this to anyone looking to bring more flavours to their kitchen.
Where to Purchase?
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN – 10:0525610227
ISBN – 13:9780525610229
From The Official Press Release
In this unique and inviting introduction to a vibrant cuisine, Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen offers more than 50 easy-to-make recipes from bestselling novelist and former restaurateur Kim Thúy. Seven extraordinary women, Kim joined by her mother and five aunts, share their stories and their culinary secrets, accompanied by stunning photographs, charming descriptions and evocative extracts from Kim’s novels.
Between careers as a lawyer and an acclaimed novelist, Kim Thúy ran a celebrated restaurant called Ru de Nam in Montreal. Now, in her first cookbook, Kim combines her beautiful storytelling style with simple and wonderful recipes that are full of flavour: surprising yet comforting, and easy enough for every day. Welcoming us into her close-knit circle, she introduces us to her mother and five aunts, each with her story, each with her secrets, told through the food of the country they had to leave, Vietnam.
Starting with easily-prepared base ingredients of sauces, quick pickled vegetables and toasted rice flour, we move on to soups, sautés, vegetables, grilled foods, desserts and more. Sample recipes include Stuffed Squash Soup; Vermicelli Bowls; Caramel Pork; Calamari, Pork and Pineapple Stir-fry; Fried Lemongrass Fish; and Vietnamese Tapioca and Banana. Also, in collaboration with sommelier Michelle Bouffard, Kim suggests wine pairings for these Vietnamese dishes.
Kim says that Vietnamese often display their affection more easily with food than with words. This exquisite book deliciously demonstrates that every meal is an opportunity to show love, and to be grateful for those who sit down to eat with us.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Saigon in 1968, KIM THÚY left Vietnam with the boat people at the age of ten and settled with her family in Quebec. A graduate in translation and law, she has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer, restaurant owner, and commentator on radio and television. She lives in Montreal and devotes herself to writing. SHEILA FISCHMAN is the award-winning translator of some 150 contemporary novels from Quebec. In 2008 she was awarded the Molson Prize in the Arts. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and a chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec. She lives in Montreal. MARIE ASSELIN is a food writer, translator, recipe developer, stylist, and culinary teacher who is based in Montreal.
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Acknowledgement Excerpted from Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen: Simple Recipes from My Many Mothers by Kim Thuy. Copyright © 2017 Editions Libre Expression. Translated from the French by Sheila Fischman. Recipes translated by Marie Asselin. Appetite by Random House edition published in 2019.…
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The 75 seater restaurant features tables, booth seats, and bar area with an impressive cocktail program. Come summer 2019 you will also be able to enjoy their 20 seat patio.
Where To Park?
There are plenty of free parking in the Tempo Building off Alderbridge, street parking on Cedarbridge Way, and paid parking at the ORA Building around the corner.
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Papaya Salad 16.50: This is one of my favourite Vietnamese salads. Loaded with fresh papaya, carrot, lemon, onion, mixed herbs, prawn, pork loin, peanuts and house made dressing. Tangy and sweet with lots of different textures for a great mouth feel.
Thank You, Com Vietnamese for having me as a guest!
Cuisine: Southern Vietnamese Cuisine
Mon 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
7688 Alderbridge Way #120, Richmond, BC V6X 2A2
Phone: (604) 285-2654
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Fried Chicken Wings (Cánh Gà) 12: Choice of Chili fish sauce or Butter, garlic & green onion. I like the subtle spiciness of the chili fish sauce with a tart finish. A must order every time. Served with a side of lemon dipping sauce much like Phnom Penh.
French Baguette (Bánh Mì) 8: Choice of Grilled chicken, Grilled pork or House-made pâté or vegan option of Organic tofu. Extra crispy baguette loaded with fresh cucumber, green onion, cilantro, chili, pickled carrots & daikon and house-made garlic aioli. Shown above is the grilled pork – juicy and flavorful.
Spicy Noodle Soup (Bún Bò Huế) 12: A nice clean spicy broth served with sliced beef brisket, Vietnamese ham, pork hock & thick vermicelli. Our noodles were overcooked – I blame on being left on the kitchen counter too long. Comes with a side of fresh bean sprouts, lime & chili.
Anh and Chi
Cuisine: Vietnamese, Noodles
Mon 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 3:00 pm,
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
3388 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3M7
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- Fermented shrimp paste with deep fried tofu and sliced pork (Bun Cha Ha Noi)
- Hanoi Style Grilled Pork (Bun Dau Mam Tom)
- Mr. Red Café Chef Special (Bun Tron Dac Beit)
- Grilled beef wrap (Bun Bo Xao)
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Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!
Mr Red Cafe
Cuisine: Vietnamese, Pho
Mon 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
2680 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2G5
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