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 Post subject: Vietnamese recipe suggestions (other than spring rolls)
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:49 am 
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Anyone got favorite Vietnamese recipes? I've been making summer rolls heaps and need to change it up. Maybe something with lemongrass. Ideas? Thanks :)

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 Post subject: Re: Vietnamese recipe suggestions (other than spring rolls)
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Vietnamese food is my favourite! Do yourself a solid and get this book: http://www.amazon.com/Vietnamese-Fusion ... 1570672075. The fried lemongrass tofu is AMAZING, and there are a lot of other great recipes!


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Flashpacker, when I was looking for Indonesian recipes, I was directed to the Asian Vegan Kitchen by Hema Parekh. There is also a Vietnamese section in there, and I must say, I love this book. The recipes are really authentic and what I have made has been delicious.

Vijita, I was thinking of buying Vietnamese Fusion, but the Amazon reviews threw me off--especially the ones saying that it is totally inauthentic and lacks herbs, spices, etc. Do you disagree with those people?


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 Post subject: Re: Vietnamese recipe suggestions (other than spring rolls)
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You should get Vegan Eats World! It has the best vegan pho recipe I've ever had and lots of other stuff.

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 Post subject: Re: Vietnamese recipe suggestions (other than spring rolls)
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This is one of my all-time favorite recipes - I probably make it at least once a month. So simple, so good.

http://veglicious.blogspot.com/2007/05/caramelized-lemongrass-tofu-with.html


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 Post subject: Re: Vietnamese recipe suggestions (other than spring rolls)
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Vijita, I was thinking of buying Vietnamese Fusion, but the Amazon reviews threw me off--especially the ones saying that it is totally inauthentic and lacks herbs, spices, etc. Do you disagree with those people?

I do, actually! I am not Vietnamese and have never been to Vietnam, though, but the recipes seem authentic and taste similar to the veg options at Vietnamese places here. That said, I do live in Canada, but even though that book has "fusion" in its title, I still think it's probably popular with both purists and fusiony people.


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 Post subject: Re: Vietnamese recipe suggestions (other than spring rolls)
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thanks. These all seem like great suggestions! My local library has Asian Vegan Kitchen (albeit the old edition) so that's cool.

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 Post subject: Re: Vietnamese recipe suggestions (other than spring rolls)
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This is one of my all-time favorite recipes - I probably make it at least once a month. So simple, so good.

http://veglicious.blogspot.com/2007/05/caramelized-lemongrass-tofu-with.html
Oh my goodness. This is so happening this weekend!

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Desdemona wrote:
chosephine wrote:
This is one of my all-time favorite recipes - I probably make it at least once a month. So simple, so good.

http://veglicious.blogspot.com/2007/05/caramelized-lemongrass-tofu-with.html
Oh my goodness. This is so happening this weekend!

I'm totally making this this weekend, too! It sounds soooooo good!

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 Post subject: Re: Vietnamese recipe suggestions (other than spring rolls)
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Vijita, I was thinking of buying Vietnamese Fusion, but the Amazon reviews threw me off--especially the ones saying that it is totally inauthentic and lacks herbs, spices, etc. Do you disagree with those people?


I have Vietnamese Fusion as well, and I love it. I don't much about authenticity, but everything I've made from the book tasted delicious. My only complaint is some recipes call for "coconut cream," and I've not the foggiest what that is. These are savory recipes, so I know it's not referring to the canned coconut cream used in pina coladas, which is the only thing I've ever seen labeled "coconut cream." I subbed coconut milk and just used a bit less, and that worked ok.

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 Post subject: Re: Vietnamese recipe suggestions (other than spring rolls)
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I have Vietnamese Fusion and I've greatly enjoyed what I've made. I spent 3 weeks travelling round Vietnam earlier this year and the food I've made from it is definitely like what we ate. I blogged about making some Vietnamese stuff from it here http://cookingtheveganbooks.com/2012/06 ... e-at-home/

Also don't forget Banh Mi, sorry for pimping my own blog again but my favourite version is this one http://cookingtheveganbooks.com/2012/06 ... g-banh-mi/

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 Post subject: Re: Vietnamese recipe suggestions (other than spring rolls)
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Yeah, I'm surprised by the negative reviews! It's one of my favourite cookbooks, and doesn't seem inauthentic beyond maybe excluding some ingredients that are virtually impossible to find in most of the Western world.


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