Mom’s Vietnamese Recipes

Xa Xiu – BBQ Pork (Char Siu)

Xa Xiu – BBQ Pork (Char Siu)

In our Mom’s 52 series, we’ve shared a few recipes calling for Xa Xiu – BBQ Pork.  Otherwise known as Char Siu, Xa Xiu (“sa see-oo”) is the pink-hued pork found hanging in Vietnamese/Chinese meat markets, next to the roasted pig and roasted duck. Raising four […]

Xoi Man – Savory Sticky Rice w/ Pork & Chinese Sausage

Xoi Man – Savory Sticky Rice w/ Pork & Chinese Sausage

We missed a week in our Mom’s 52 series!  Apologies to our subscribers, but we experienced technical difficulties last week when installing upgrades, but rest assured, we are back up and running! Our previous Mom’s 52 recipe showed you how to make a very basic […]

Xoi Mau – Bright Vietnamese Sticky Rice

Xoi Mau – Bright Vietnamese Sticky Rice

Do not adjust your screen – this week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is intended to be this bright and orange!  Xoi Mau – Bright Vietnamese Sticky Rice is often the first type of xoi (sticky rice) a Vietnamese person ever tastes, likely in childhood.  Maybe that’s […]

Tom Cang Kho – Braised Prawns

Tom Cang Kho – Braised Prawns

This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is a shrimp-lover’s dream.  It’s time to learn how to make mouthwatering Tom Cang Kho – Braised Prawns. Prawns are larger (and pricier) than standard shrimp.  They’re about 4-6 count, meaning 4-6 prawns weigh one pound.  If you can’t find fresh […]

Che Troi Nuoc – Mung Bean & Ginger Dessert

Che Troi Nuoc – Mung Bean & Ginger Dessert

Chewy, slightly sweet, and delicious.  Those are words that come to mind when thinking of this week’s Mom’s 52 recipe.  Che Troi Nuoc – Mung Bean & Ginger Dessert is a Vietnamese classic, so much so that this dish was a part of a cooking […]

Canh O Qua – Bitter Melon Soup

Canh O Qua – Bitter Melon Soup

Like quality dark chocolate or a chunk of strong cheese, this week’s Mom’s 52 recipe can be considered an acquired taste.  Canh O Qua – Bitter Melon Soup is a dish that little kids probably run from, but if you give it a try in […]

Dau Hu Kho Thit – Braised Tofu & Pork

Dau Hu Kho Thit – Braised Tofu & Pork

  Tofu is a very popular protein in Asian cooking.  Those new to tofu can be easily intimidated by the different varieties found in supermarkets: firm, medium, soft…where do you start?  There’s also the stigma of tofu as a culinary choice made just for hippies […]

Che Bap – Corn & Sticky Rice Pudding

Che Bap – Corn & Sticky Rice Pudding

It’s summertime, which means you can find fresh, sweet corn for a great deal at the local market.  This week, there’s a local market selling eight ears of corn for only a dollar!  Buy a whole buck worth of corn, grill a few, and save […]

Xiu Mai – Vietnamese Meatballs

Xiu Mai – Vietnamese Meatballs

A popular Vietnamese dish is the Vietnamese sandwich, or Banh Mi.  Banh Mi is a French bread sandwich stuffed with fresh cilantro, pickled carrots, cucumbers, mayonnaise, jalapeno, a dash of pepper and soy sauce, and your choice of meat.  One of my favorite meat options for […]

Mi Xao Mem – Egg Noodle Stir Fry

Mi Xao Mem – Egg Noodle Stir Fry

It’s FIFA World Cup time, and this week’s Mom’s 52 dish is a Vietnamese recipe that is perfect for getting together with a big group:  Mi Xao Mem – Egg Noodle Stir Fry.  Prepare this easy dish for your next potluck, and free up your […]

Goi Ngo Sen – Lotus Root Salad

Goi Ngo Sen – Lotus Root Salad

The first day of summer arrives in a few days, so this week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is a refreshing dish to help combat the hot days to come.  Goi Ngo Sen – Lotus Root Salad is technically considered an appetizer in Vietnamese cuisine, and if […]

Hu Tieu – Pork & Seafood Soup

Hu Tieu – Pork & Seafood Soup

This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is one of my favorite Vietnamese noodle soup dishes.  Hu Tieu – Pork & Seafood Soup is perhaps the little-known cousin of the more popular Pho noodle soup, but once you taste this flavorful dish, you’ll realize that this Hu […]

Xoi Me – Sticky Rice w/ Sesame Seeds

Xoi Me – Sticky Rice w/ Sesame Seeds

Xoi, pronounced soy, is a category of Vietnamese cuisine that, with its world of flavor combinations, could be the topic of an entire blog itself.  Like stir fry dishes, Xoi can work with any blend of main ingredients that sound good to you and, more […]

Canh Bau Recipe – Opo Squash Soup

Canh Bau Recipe – Opo Squash Soup

It’s the middle of the week, you’re short on time, but you don’t want to give in and order fast food for dinner.  What to do?  This healthy Canh Bau – Opo Squash Soup recipe is super easy, easy, easy.  Here, we take a popular […]

Bo Tai Chanh – Seared Beef Salad

Bo Tai Chanh – Seared Beef Salad

This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is a light dish that’s a bit of a cross between a beef carpaccio and a ceviche.  Bo Tai Chanh – Seared Beef Salad – is made from seared beef ribeye lightly tossed in a lime vinaigrette.  Bo Tai Chanh […]

Bo La Lot – Beef Wrapped in Betel Leaves

Bo La Lot – Beef Wrapped in Betel Leaves

Happy Mother’s Day!  To celebrate Mom today, three generations of our family got together to make this week’s Mom’s 52 recipe, under the supervision and direction of Mom, of course.  The result?  One of our family’s favorite dishes made with betel leaves from Dad’s garden, […]

Goi Cuon – Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Goi Cuon – Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Want a simple and healthy lunch, or a simple and crowd-pleasing appetizer?  This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is for the popular Goi Cuon – Vietnamese Spring Rolls.  You know Goi Cuon – they’re the delicious appetizer you’ll find in most neighborhood Vietnamese restaurants.  Although the […]

Ca Chien – Fried Fish

Ca Chien – Fried Fish

This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is a simple, minimal ingredient dish:  Ca Chien – Fried Fish.  First, find a good place to get fresh fish.  Do not be intimidated to order fresh fish at the counter, as opposed to pre-packaged fish.  This way, you can […]

Ga Nuong – Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

Ga Nuong – Grilled Lemongrass Chicken

Spring is here!  It’s time to get outdoors, and outdoors + food = time to fire up the grill!  This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is for Ga Nuong – Grilled Lemongrass Chicken.  This is best cooked on the grill, to get a nice char on […]

Thit Cha Bong – Shredded Chicken

Thit Cha Bong – Shredded Chicken

This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe brings back memories of my childhood.  My mom would make a batch of Thit Cha Bong – Shredded Chicken and keep it saved in the refrigerator for quick and easy meals for us kids.  Even when other kids around us […]

Canh Bi Dao – Winter Melon Soup

Canh Bi Dao – Winter Melon Soup

There have been some warmer days recently that are giving us a glimpse of the summer heat to come, but before the heat hits us, there are some cool weather vegetables that deserve our attention before they’re gone.  One interesting vegetable at the Chinese/Vietnamese market […]

Pate So (Pate Chaud) – Pork Puff Pastry

Pate So (Pate Chaud) – Pork Puff Pastry

Due to its rich (and often tumultuous) history, Vietnam has been influenced by other countries in its cuisine.  One of those other countries is France, and the French influence is evident in Vietnamese foods like the popular Banh Mi, or Vietnamese sandwiches made with French […]

Che Dau Trang – Sweet Rice & Bean Dessert

Che Dau Trang – Sweet Rice & Bean Dessert

Dessert!  This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is for a Vietnamese dessert called Che Dau Trang – Sweet Rice & Bean Dessert.  Don’t run away at the sound of beans in a dessert; sweetened beans are common in Eastern Asian desserts, and believe me when I […]

Bo Kho – Vietnamese Beef Stew

Bo Kho – Vietnamese Beef Stew

This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is for a dish that is versatile enough to serve over rice, noodles, or with a side of French bread for dipping.  It can also be eaten as is, without any accompaniment at all.  Bo Kho – Vietnamese Beef Stew […]

Mi Xao Don – Crunchy Bird’s Nest w/ Beef Stir Fry

Mi Xao Don – Crunchy Bird’s Nest w/ Beef Stir Fry

This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is for a popular dish among kids and adults alike.  Mi Xao Don – Crunchy Bird’s Nest w/ Beef Stir Fry is a crowd-pleaser because of its fun crunch and savory topping.  This is a great dish to throw together […]

Ca Ri Ga – Vietnamese Chicken Curry

Ca Ri Ga – Vietnamese Chicken Curry

This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is for a dish that was served at almost every party my family attended when I was a kid.  A big pot of Ca Ri Ga – Vietnamese Chicken Curry, next to a platter of sliced French bread, is a […]

Xoi Lap Xuong – Sticky Rice w/ Chinese Sausage

Xoi Lap Xuong – Sticky Rice w/ Chinese Sausage

This week’s Mom’s 52 Recipe is for Xoi Lap Xuong – Sticky Rice w/ Chinese Sausage.  This is a savory dish that is a favorite among children, or a fast breakfast when reheated in the morning for on-the-go adults. Xoi (pronounced “soy”), or Vietnamese sticky […]

Bo Luc Lac – Vietnamese Shaken Beef

Bo Luc Lac – Vietnamese Shaken Beef

This week’s Mom’s 52 Vietnamese recipe is oh so delicious, my mouth is watering as I type this. A great cut of beef.  Fresh vegetables topped with a light vinaigrette.  A side of rice.  Lime juice for dipping.  Mmmmm.  It’s time to make a popular […]

Sup Mang Cua – Crab Meat & Asparagus Soup

Sup Mang Cua – Crab Meat & Asparagus Soup

We’re having a pretty cold winter this year, and when it’s cold outside, it’s great to warm up with different types of soup.   This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is for the most traditional, no-carb (no noodles or rice) Vietnamese soup I can think of: […]

Cha Gio – Vietnamese Egg Rolls

Cha Gio – Vietnamese Egg Rolls

Now that everyone’s had their fill of chips and dips and everything else we ate during the Superbowl, here’s a different appetizer to treat your taste buds.  This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is for homemade Cha Gio – Vietnamese Egg Rolls.  Touchdown! Cha Gio – Vietnamese […]

Banh Mi Tom – Shrimp Toast

Banh Mi Tom – Shrimp Toast

Crunchy goodness!  That’s how to describe this week’s Mom’s 52 recipe.  Banh Mi Tom – Shrimp Toast is traditionally a side dish, often accompanying noodle dishes.  It also works great as an appetizer for parties.  Trust me when I say that you should make extra […]

Bun Rieu – Tomato Noodle Soup

Bun Rieu – Tomato Noodle Soup

This week’s Mom’s 52 dish is likely the simplest Vietnamese noodle soup to make.  If you’re craving a warm, noodle soup, but you’re short on time, Bun Rieu – Tomato Noodle Soup is the way to go.  This dish can be made in just about […]

Com Chien Ga Lap Xuong – Chicken Fried Rice

Com Chien Ga Lap Xuong – Chicken Fried Rice

We’re back!  Thanks for being patient while Mom was fighting a bug last week.  Unfortunately, she’s still not 100% better, and add the fact that I’m battling my own little bug, and it’s been a rough week!  We couldn’t let our Mom’s 52 readers down, […]

Bun Bo Xao Cha Gio – Vermicelli topped with Stir-Fried Beef & Eggrolls

Bun Bo Xao Cha Gio – Vermicelli topped with Stir-Fried Beef & Eggrolls

Vietnamese restaurants have become rather popular in recent years, and while the dishes served are often quite delicious, it’s interesting to go through a menu and realize that many of the offerings are not commonly served in Vietnamese homes, at least not on a regular […]

Pho Bo – Beef Noodle Soup

Pho Bo – Beef Noodle Soup

In recent years, it seems this week’s Mom’s 52 recipe has gained some notoriety among foodies all over.  It’s great to see everyone finally embrace Pho Bo – Beef Noodle Soup, and with Pho restaurants popping up in so many neighborhoods these days, this may […]

Dua Cai – Pickled Mustard Greens

Dua Cai – Pickled Mustard Greens

This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is for a side dish that is the perfect accompaniment to last week’s Thit Kho Trung –  Braised Pork & Egg.  Dua Cai, or Pickled Mustard Greens, are crunchy, salty and downright delightful.  Mom often has Dua Cai on hand for a […]

Thit Kho Trung – Braised Pork & Egg

Thit Kho Trung – Braised Pork & Egg

Since originally posting this recipe last year, I’ve made this recipe TONS of times for family gatherings, girls’ night in, and even as a change up to the traditional casserole gift for a friend who just had a baby.  With all that practice, I’ve added to […]

Goi Ga – Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Goi Ga – Vietnamese Chicken Salad

This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is the second entry of a two part series, which began last week with Chao Ga – Chicken Congee.   In last week’s recipe, we cooked a whole chicken (or leg quarters) to create a fragrant chicken stock.  This week, […]

Chao Ga – Chicken Congee

Chao Ga – Chicken Congee

This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is perfect for cold days.  It’s also a wonderful dish to make when a loved one is feeling under the weather.  When I was young, any time I had a cold or an upset stomach, Mom’s Chao Ga – Chicken Congee […]

Canh Ra Gim – Mixed Vegetable Soup w/ Pork

Canh Ra Gim – Mixed Vegetable Soup w/ Pork

We got a small taste of a cold front earlier this week, and it got me craving this week’s Mom’s 52 dish – Canh Ra Gim, or Mixed Vegetable Soup w/ Pork.  When it gets cold outside, this is an easy, hearty recipe to warm […]

Suon Rim Mang – Vietnamese Braised Spare Ribs

Suon Rim Mang – Vietnamese Braised Spare Ribs

Mmmmm.  Caramelized spare ribs.  That’s what you would hear if you could read my mind anytime I see this week’s Mom’s 52 dish, Suon Rim Mang – Vietnamese Braised Spare Ribs.  This traditional Vietnamese dish is full of flavors and a favorite among children and adults […]

Rau Muong Xao Toi – Water Spinach Sauteed w/ Garlic

Rau Muong Xao Toi – Water Spinach Sauteed w/ Garlic

This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is for Rau Muong Xao Toi, a dish that was one of my favorites while growing up.  As a kid, I always loved the slightly salty crunch of the hollow water spinach stems.  If you have finicky little (or not […]

Nuoc Mam Cham – Dipping Fish Sauce

Nuoc Mam Cham – Dipping Fish Sauce

This week’s Mom’s 52 recipe is Nuoc Mam Cham, or Dipping Fish Sauce, which is a Vietnamese cuisine must-have.  Although it’s a simple recipe to put together, Nuoc Mam Cham is very difficult to perfect without the correct balance of ingredients.  Mom makes this sauce regularly, […]

Canh Chua Ca – Sweet & Sour Soup w/ Catfish

Canh Chua Ca – Sweet & Sour Soup w/ Catfish

Last week’s Mom’s 52 recipe was for Ca Kho, and that savory dish is traditionally served alongside this week’s sweet & sour dish – Canh Chua Ca. Traditionally, Canh Chua is made with ca (fish), hence, Canh Chua Ca.  This dish can alternatively be made with chicken (Canh […]

Ca Kho – Caramelized Catfish

Ca Kho – Caramelized Catfish

This week’s Mom’s 52 entry is Ca Kho, a Vietnamese staple.  Serve this dish with a side of jasmine rice drizzled with the sauce in this recipe, and you will have family members fighting over the leftovers like mine did after mom and I made this […]

Bun Bo – Beef Lemongrass Noodle Soup

Bun Bo – Beef Lemongrass Noodle Soup

When I first approached my mom with the idea of writing a blog that focuses on 52 of her delicious recipes, I didn’t imagine she would start with such a (what I thought) daunting recipe. Well, I guess if you’re going to do something, do […]