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Broiled gingered chicken

In the past few years Vietnamese food has become more and more popular around the world.
Renowned for its spicy and refined flavors, Vietnamese cuisine is one of the most popular exotic Asian cuisines. Nems, Pho and bo bun are among the most popular Vietnamese dishes. Want to try your hand at Asian cuisine? Learn how to prepare these iconic dishes with our selection of Vietnamese recipes.
Food lovers may have tried the two best known Vietnamese dishes – spring rolls and bread rolls. Rice, noodles, fresh vegetable and herbs all play big roles in Vietnamese food, making it one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.
In Vietnam you’ll discover one unmistakable fact: Vietnamese people love noodles. They eat them every day, sometimes for every meal. Vietnamese noodles are made from a few basic ingredients, the most common being rice, wheat and mung beans, but a whole sub-cuisine is built on these basics.
Here are 10 favourites Vietnamese food.
• Vietnamese Noodle Soup (Pho)
• Summer Rolls / Fried Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon / Nem Ran)
• Baguettes (Banh Mi)
• Grilled Pork (Thit Nuong)
• Crepe Wrap (Banh Xeo)
• Beef on Rice Noodles (Bun Bo Nam Bo)
• Pork on Thick Noodles (Cao Lau).

Asian shrimp with pineapple relish  Print Recipe

The shrimps tails hanging out of the crispy wonton wrappers make perfect hand hold which make them great finger food at parties!
Serves: 6
Preparation time:15 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
Oil for deep-frying
12 large shrimp, peeled with tails left on, deveined
1/4 cup Thai chili-garlic sauce
12 egg roll wrappers, cut in half into 2 triangles
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup pineapple, cut into a small dice
1/2 red pepper, cut into a small dice
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
2 green onions, washed, ends removed, chopped

Pour the oil 2 inches deep in a large pot. Heat it to 350 degrees.

Make four slits width-wise across each shrimp belly to keep the
shrimp from curling as they cook. Place the shrimp in a bowl and toss
them with the chili-garlic sauce.
Shake any excess marinade off of the shrimp, wrap them in the egg roll wrappers leaving the tails out and seal the wrapper and seal the wrapper with a mixture of the water and the cornstarch. Set aside.

In a small skillet, combine the pineapple, red pepper, cilantro,
olive oil, lime juice and green onions. Warm over low heat.
Fry the shrimp in small batches in oil over medium-high heat until golden brown, crispy and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes and set aside on paper towels to drain.
Serve with the relish.

Bang bang shrimp  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time:15 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes

1 lb. medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. sriracha
1 tbsp lemon juice
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

2 c. panko bread crumbs
2 large eggs
1 c. all-purpose flour
Freshly chopped cilantro, for garnish


4 tbsp. mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
4 tbsp. sweet chili sauce
2 tbsp. sriracha
Juice of 2 limes
2 tsp. honey
Kosher salt
oil for frying
1. In a medium bowl, mix together the shrimp, garlic powder, sriracha, lemon juice, Kosher salt and Freshly ground black pepper.
In another shallow bowl, whisk eggs.
Put flour in a third bowl. Using tongs, dip shrimp first in flour, then egg, then panko, and transfer to a tray.
Continue until all shrimp are coated.
Heat oil in a deep fryer to 350F. Fry shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes until golden.

In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, sriracha, lime juice, and honey and season with salt.

Serve the Bang Bang Sauce with shrimp and garnish with cilantro before serving.

Black bean and corn wontons  Print Recipe

Serves: 16
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
36 wonton skins
2/3 cup thick and chunky salsa
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1-15 ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
1-15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup sour cream
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Gently fit 1 wonton skin into each of 36 small muffin cups, 1 3/4-inch by 1-inch, pressing against bottom and side.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack.
Mix remaining ingredients except sour cream.
Just before serving, spoon bean mixture into wonton cups.
Top each with 1/2 teaspoon sour cream.

Coconut shrimp with sweet chili sauce  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time:15 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
salt and pepper
1/3 cup flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup shredded coconut
oil for frying
Sweet Chili Sauce (See recipe)
Season the shrimp with salt and pepper, dredge them in flour, dip them in egg and coat them with a mixture of the breadcrumbs and shredded coconut.
Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat and cook the shrimp until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes, before setting aside on paper towels to drain.

Fried wontons  Print Recipe

Serves: 12
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:10 minutes
1/3 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cut into pea-size pieces (4-1/2 ounces total)
1/4 pound ground pork, fattier kind preferred, coarsely chopped to loosen
1 scallion (white and green parts), finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch of black or white pepper

48 small square wonton skins
Canola or peanut oil, for deep-frying
Sweet and Sour Sauce
1. To make the filling, combine the shrimp, pork, scallion, cornstarch, sugar, salt, and pepper in a bowl and use chopsticks or a fork to mix well. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes before using, or refrigerate for up to a day in advance. You should have about 1 cup.
2. Before assembling the wontons, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly dust with cornstarch. Fill each wonton skin with about 1 teaspoon of the filling, creating triangles or nurse's caps (see below). As you work, put the finished wontons on the prepared baking sheet. When all are made, loosely cover with a kitchen towel to prevent drying. The wontons also can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for several hours; let them sit at room temperature to remove the chill before frying.
3. Put a wire rack on a baking sheet and place next to the stove. Pour oil to a depth of 1-1/2 inches into a wok, deep skillet, or 5-quart Dutch oven and heat over medium-high heat to about 325°F on a deep-fry thermometer.
4. Working in batches of 4 to 6, slide the wontons into the hot oil and fry for about 1 minute on each side, or until golden brown. Use a skimmer to transfer to the rack to drain.
5. Arrange the wontons on a platter and serve hot as finger food along with Sweet and Sour Sauce for dipping.

To shape triangles: 1) Fill the skin and wet the edges with a chopstick. 2) Fold the skin into a triangle an press firmly with your fingers to seal.

To shape nurse's caps: 1) Bring the lower edge of the filled skin up to meet the upper edge, forming a rectangle. 2) Bring together the two corners of the folded edge, overlapping slightly, and press to seal.

Broiled gingered chicken  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:50 minutes
1- 2 1/2 pounds chicken
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup lemon juice
to taste salt and pepper
2 ounces melted butter
Split chicken in half. Blend all ingredients except butter.
Place chicken on a tray and pour the marinade over the chicken halves. Set aside for 15 minutes.
Drain chicken and broil on both sides while basting with the marinade. Continue cooking and basting for about 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Serve with melted butter.

Coconut-ginger shrimp  Print Recipe

Serves: 2
Preparation time:20 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
1 pound large shrimp, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup finely minced fresh ginger
14-ounce can light coconut milk
2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons hot chili-garlic sauce
2 cups snow peas
1/2 sweet red pepper
3 green onions, thinly sliced
Fresh coriander leaves
1 lime
Shell and devein shrimp and set aside. If using frozen shrimp, rinse under cold water to remove ice crystals. Do not thaw, but pat dry.
To prepare ginger, peel and then grate on large size of a box grater. Then finely mince and measure out.
Combine ginger, coconut milk, soy sauce, sesame oil and chili-garlic sauce in a wide saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring often, over medium-high heat. Boil gently, uncovered and stirring often, until sauce is very thick, from 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, trim snow peas. Slice in half if large. Seed pepper, if using, then slice into matchstick-size pieces.
Reduce sauce until it just covers bottom of pan and measures about 1/2 cup . If making ahead, remove sauce from heat and leave, covered, at room temperature for several hours or refrigerate.
Just before serving, add shrimp, snow peas, pepper, if using, and onions to hot sauce. Stir almost constantly until shrimp are hot and bright pink, from 2 to 4 minutes. Serve over rice or rice noodles. Sprinkle with coriander and squeeze a little lime juice overtop.

Cod soup with coconut milk  Print Recipe

Bird's eye chilis range from 50,000 to 100,000 Scoville Heat Units on the Scoville Scale. Compare this to a typical jalapeno pepper, which averages 5,000 SHU, and the bird's eye pepper is anywhere from 10 to 20 times hotter. That's quite a lot of heat!
Serves: 4
Preparation time:10 minutes
Cooking time:7 minutes
1 lb thick cod fillets, skinless and boneless
2 dl of coconut milk
2 small carrots
1 red pepper
4 spring onions
2 pinches of grated lime zest
1 fresh bird's eye chili
4 pinches of curry
2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
1 tablespoon of peanut oil
1 pinch of salt
Peel the spring onions, wash them and cut them into oblique slices, including the green part. Brush the carrots, wash them and cut them into very thin oblique slices. Wash the pepper and cut it into very thin slices. Wash, sort and cut the pepper into strips.
Rinse the fish fillets, pat them dry and cut them into 2 cm wide strips. Heat the oil in a 23 cm cast iron casserole dish and brown the spring onions, carrot and pepper.
Add the coconut milk, lemon zest, chili pepper, salt and curry. Mix and add the cod strips. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Finally add the coriander, mix and remove from the heat. Pour the soup into 4 plates and serve.

Lemon grass fettuccini with seared shrimp and scallops  Print Recipe

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time:40 minutes
2 red peppers
2 (10 oz) cans condensed chicken broth
4 inch (10 cm) piece fresh unpeeled ginger, thinly sliced, about 1 cup (250 mL)
6 to 8 stalks lemongrass, about 2 bunches
2 cups container whipping or table cream
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)
1 tablespoon salt
1 pound bay or sea scallops
1 pound frozen or defrosted, raw shelled medium-size shrimp
2 pounds fettuccine
1 tablespoon ( 15 ml) each of butter and vegetable oil
1. Preheat oven to 450F (230C). Slice peppers in half and remove seeds.
Place cut-side down on a baking sheet lined with foil. Roast, uncovered, until peppers are partially charred, from 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven, pull up edges of foil, wrap around hot peppers and seal. Set aside to cool.
2. Meanwhile, pour broth into a wide saucepan. Add ginger. Thinly slice root ends from lemongrass and discard. Remove any dried outer leaves. Pound stalks to flatten slightly. Slice into 1/2-inch (1-cm) pieces. Add to broth. Place over high heat. When boiling, reduce heat to medium or medium-high so broth gently boils. Boil, uncovered, until reduced to 1 cup (250 ml). This should take at least 20 minutes. Broth will taste very strong. Saving broth, strain and discard ginger and lemongrass.
3. Return broth to saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add cream. In a small dish using a fork, stir cornstarch with water to form a smooth paste. Whisk into hot cream broth and whisk almost constantly until thickened, from 3 to 4 minutes. Taste and stir in lemon juice, if you like. Cover and remove from heat. If making ahead, refrigerate in a sealed jar for up to 2 days.
4. About 15 minutes before serving, bring a large pot of water and salt to a boil. If using sea scallops, slice in half. Rinse frozen shrimp with cold water to remove clinging ice crystals. Then drain and pat dry. Prepare roasted peppers by draining juice accumulated in foil into a small bowl. Peel off charred skins and discard. Slice peppers into bite-size strips and add to juice. Set aside.
5. When water is boiling rapidly, add pasta and cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until al dente, from 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil and butter in a wide frying pan set over medium- high heat. Add seafood and stir-fry until scallops are lightly browned and shrimp are bright pink, about 4 minutes. Stir in peppers and juice. Drain pasta well. In a large bowl, stir pasta with cream sauce until coated. Place in pasta bowls and spoon seafood mixture over top.

Thai chicken with rice and chili-ginger sauce  Print Recipe

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time:1 hour 15 minutes
For the sauce:
5 fresh red chillies
3 garlic cloves
5 pieces fresh ginger, peeled
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chicken stock

For the chicken and rice:
1 3-4 pound whole chicken, excess fat removed
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
5 scallions
1 thumb-size piece ginger, peeled and cut in 6
8 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups Thai fragrant rice, rinsed and drained
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
For sauce:
Combine the ingredients in a blender and pulse in a food processor until smooth but not pureed. Set aside.

To make the chicken and rice, rub the chicken with the salt. Place the scallions and 2 pieces of ginger in the cavity. Place the chicken in a kettle, add the stock and bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered skimming off any foam, until the chicken is cooked through, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Transfer the chicken to a platter and allow to cool slightly. Discard the scallions and ginger from the cavity of the bird and remove and discard the skin.
Remove the breast meat, legs and wings. Discard the carcass. Slice the breast meat and separate the drumstick from the thigh. Return the meat to the platter and keep warm.
Measure 4 cups of the stock the chicken cooked in, retaining the rest for another use. In large saucepan, heat the oils over medium-high heat and add the garlic and remaining ginger slices.
Cook stirring for 2 minutes. Add the rinsed rice and toss until coated. Add the 4 cups of stock and bring to a boil.
Simmer, covered until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender about 15 minutes.
Transfer the rice to a serving platter. Top with the chicken, garnish with the scallions and serve immediately with the chili-ginger sauce on the side.
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1/3 cup

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2 tablespoons

All-purpose wheat flour 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
All-purpose sifted wheat flour 110 g 80 g 70 g 55 g 35 g 27 g 13 g
White sugar 200 g 150 g 130 g 100 g 65 g 50 g 25 g
Powdered sugar/Icing sugar 100 g 75 g 70 g 50 g 35 g 25 g 13 g
Brown sugar normally packed 180 g 135 g 120 g 90 g 60 g 45 g 23 g
Corn flour 160 g 120 g 100 g 80 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Cornstarch 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
Rice (not-cooked) 190 g 140 g 125 g 95 g 65 g 48 g 24 g
Macaroni (uncooked) 140 g 100 g 90 g 70 g 45 g 35 g 17 g
Couscous (uncooked) 180 g 135 g 120 g 90 g 60 g 45 g 22 g
Quick oatmeal (uncooked) 90 g 65 g 60 g 45 g 30 g 22 g 11 g
Table salt 300 g 230 g 200 g 150 g 100 g 75 g 40 g
Butter / Margarine 240 g 180 g 160 g 120 g 80 g 60 g 30 g
Shortening 190 g 140 g 125 g 95 g 65 g 48 g 24 g
Fruits and légumes chopped 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
chopped walnuts 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Nuts /ground almonds 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
Fresh bread crumbs (not packed) 60 g 45 g 40 g 30 g 20 g 15 g 8 g
Dry bread crumbs 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Parmesan grated 90 g 65 g 60 g 45 g 30 g 22 g 11 g
Chocolate chips 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 38 g  19 g
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