Kitchen Tips

Taking Requests!

Taking Requests!

Now, it’s your turn to have a say on what may appear on future Writing With Chopsticks posts.  Is there a Vietnamese dish you’ve been craving and want Mom’s help to perfect via our Mom’s 52 Vietnamese recipes series?  Have you seen an interesting item at […]

Fish Sauce 101

Fish Sauce 101

Warning:  Not all fish sauces are created equal. If your kitchen cupboard contains nuoc mam (fish sauce) you’re probably ready to start cooking Vietnamese cuisine.  However, if you only have ONE type of nuoc mam in your kitchen cupboard, you may not be maximizing your Vietnamese cooking […]

Juicy Details

Juicy Details

Here’s a Kitchen Tip to help you get the most juice out of your limes: It seems simple enough, but a lot of people are not making the most out of their citrus. Whether for juicing, or as garnish for dishes such as Bun Bo, try […]

Skimming the Scum

Skimming the Scum

What is scum?  Scum is the foam that floats to the top of your pot and collects in an unappetizing brown mass.  Ignoring scum can be devastating when simmering meat to create a broth.  Failure to skim the scum will turn your broth into a […]