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4-assembled-mango-salad
Posted on 08 Oct, 2016 in Category: Travel News, Vietnam Culture, Vietnam Food & Drink

Vietnamese mango salad (gỏi xoài) is a vibrant dish featuring green mangoes, shrimp, and is highlighted with fresh herbs like mint, thai basil and cilantro. It’s a mouth-watering combination of sweet, sour, salty with lots of contrasts in texture.

taiwanese_rice
Posted on 08 Oct, 2016 in Category: Travel News, Vietnam Culture, Vietnam Food & Drink

I found out from having meals with my girlfriend and her family that I ate soups and stews a bit differently than they do. I tend to go heavier on the broths in my bowl  and even have spoonfuls without rice. However all the other Cebuanos at the table merely used the broth to soak the rice on their plate.

padthai-1
Posted on 08 Oct, 2016 in Category: Travel News, Vietnam Culture, Vietnam Food & Drink

This dish is one I love because it’s packed with flavor and color. I’ve been eating this for a while now and never considered how to cook Pad Thai. I decided to give it a go (or four)! After dancing with this recipe for a while I learned a few things.

chickenafritada5680
Posted on 07 Oct, 2016 in Category: Travel News, Vietnam Culture, Vietnam Food & Drink

Lu rou fan, or stewed pork with rice, is a very common dish in Taiwan. The pork is seasoned and stewed until very tender and served over rice. Meat that’s stewed like this is fork-tender, something I really like. It’s a simple and satisfying dish considered comfort food by many.

beefsteak
Posted on 07 Oct, 2016 in Category: Travel News, Vietnam Culture, Vietnam Food & Drink

This is a variation of pasta and meat sauce that I enjoy because it’s simple, but great. It’s very convenient too because I can pretty much cook it one day and eat for a few more days of the week depending on the batch size.

Just choose your favorite pasta, and pasta sauce and you’re good to go. I used fettuccine for this one, but spaghetti works well too. For the ground beef I went with 10% fat and didn’t drain after the saute, but of course you can adjust that to your taste.

If you have time, add some sauteed mushrooms to this to boost the flavor. I could add mushrooms to just about any dish and love it, but I ran out.

chipotle-chicken-egg-rolls
Posted on 07 Oct, 2016 in Category: Travel News, Vietnam Culture, Vietnam Food & Drink

Snacking on chả giò (egg rolls) plain is fine if you’re in a rush, but sometimes I need something more substantial. Plus I get to pat myself on the back for actually eating some greens. Bún chả giò is one good way to handle that.

The bowl is lined with fresh shredded lettuce at the bottom, then topped with just rice vermicelli and topped with the egg rolls. You can cut up the egg rolls into bite-sized pieces if you want.

I don’t like iceberg lettuce for almost all applications, so I’ll opt for the ‘green leaf’ or ‘red leaf’ lettuce which is softer and has more flavor. For the noodles, thin ones are easier to eat and cook faster too. Serve noodles at about room temperature quickly after boiling.

tomato-soup
Posted on 07 Oct, 2016 in Category: Travel News, Vietnam Culture, Vietnam Food & Drink

I never thought I’d be craving a vegetable soup. Until now.

In fact, I have strong memories as a kid, really hating the taste of tomatoes. Tomatoes even in a burgers were crossing the line.

During my weekly piano lessons, my teacher would throw back a little bottle of V8 vegetable juice, leaving her breath with the wretched smell of tomatoes.

I barely put up with tomatoes in đậu sốt cà chua because it came with fried tofu and the seasonings kind of mellowed out the tomato. How times have changed!

avocado-and-chicken-spring-rolls-9
Posted on 07 Oct, 2016 in Category: Travel News, Vietnam Culture, Vietnam Food & Drink

What Is Bò Bía?

The name bò bía is likely a Vietnamese adaptation of the Chinese roll “popiah.” These two foods are quite different though. It’s plausible to think bò bía was adapted by the Vietnamese and ingredients were substituted with what was available.

The first noticeable change is the Vietnamese use a rice paper wrapper instead of a wheat-based one. Other changes include the sauce and removal of ingredients like yams, green beans, and bean sprouts. Popiah also has fried variations.

Bò bía is a fresh type of spring roll, packed with vegetables. Despite containing Chinese sausages, these rolls are fairly light, so you can eat a ton of em! Or ya know for easy snacking. They aren’t typically served as full meals, but if you have 3 of them like I just did, you can forget about eating anything else.

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Posted on 07 Oct, 2016 in Category: Travel News, Vietnam Culture, Vietnam Food & Drink

This is love in a bowl. If you’ve had bún thịt nướng you know what I’m talking about.

You have your sweet bits, sour bits, caramelization, some crunch, and aromatic herbs in a single, colorful arrangement. Depending in which restaurant you order your grilled pork with noodles (bún thịt nướng), you’ll find that it’s presented in different ways. For the most part, ingredients are the same, and they’re both eaten with prepared fish sauce (nước chấm).

Thịt nướng litererally means baked or barbecued meat and in this case it’s traditionally barbecued, and the meat is always pork. Bún means noodles, and for this dish it’s a rice vermicelli noodle which is sold in small packages as dried rice sticks.

indian-chicken-curry-recipe
Posted on 07 Oct, 2016 in Category: Travel News, Vietnam Culture, Vietnam Food & Drink

I can’t believe it has been so long since I’ve last shared a recipe here, but I haven’t stopped eating–here’s Instagram proof!. About 14 months ago I got my first non-self-employed job, so Hungry Huy has been a bit neglected.

I started to cook at home a lot less, which meant eating out more. It’s quite a bit more expensive to eat out and usually not as healthy (fun though!), but I’ve decided to reel it in a bit and start cooking more often.

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