The Food of Vietnam is beautiful cookbook, crammed with the Nguyen family’s traditional Vietnamese recipes which they used to counter homesickness having fled the country.
This Vietnamese cooking set contains some of the key ingredients needed to create authentic Vietnamese flavours. The Phu Quoc fish sauce is the champagne of fish sauces – a prize-winning Vietnamese brand which contains 35% anchovies, caught just off Phu Quoc Island. The umami-rich fish sauce is used throughout Thai cuisine, and is the main ingredient in ‘nuoc mam cham’ dipping sauce , as well as featuring in curry pastes, salad dressings and marinades. In Nguyen’s recipe for prawn, pork and anchovy soup it is, indeed the Phu Quoc brand of anchovy sauce which is specified.
Rice vinegar is another key flavour, used in dipping sauces and dressings. Shrimp paste provides a saltiness in Vietnamese dishes, and tamarind pulp is used for its intense sharp, fruity flavours – playing a starring role in Nguyen’s ‘tamarind and plum sauce’, and the ‘tamarind soup with water spinach’.
Vietnamese cuisine is known for its lightness – so it’s fitting that the side dish most often used to accompany meat and fish dishes is a delicate vermicelli salad. Rice vermicelli noodles are also used in dishes like Nguyen’s crab and tomato soup, the spicy beef and pork leg soup. Rice vermicelli is also used in summer rolls – with rice paper used wrap the ingredients, and hold everything together.
The final two key ingredients used in The Food of Vietnam cookbook is potato flour – referred to as potato starch – which is used as a natural thickener for sauces. And, of course, coconut milk which introduces a fragrant, light, creaminess to both savoury and sweet dishes.
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- Potato Flour (Potato Starch)
- Chaokoh Coconut Milk
- Vietnamese Rice Paper
- Vietnamese Shrimp Paste
- Rice Vermicelli Noodles
- Vietnamese Phu Quoc Fish Sauce
- Hanoi Rice Vinegar
- The Food Of Vietnam
- Tamarind Pulp
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