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Cooking together Vietnamese Recipes

Our cooking together cookery classes are as much about learning to cook as they are a sociable experience. We hope you enjoyed your class and are ready to recreate the meals at home. 

We Cooked:

  1. Starter:  Bhan Xeo Pancakes
  2. Main: Vietnamese Chicken Curry with Chow Mein
  3. Dessert: Click here for a link to the Food Sorcery favourites

Bhan Xeo Pancakes – Starter

Ingredients: Serves 2

For the Pancakes:

  • – 120 grams rice flour
  • – 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • – ½ teaspoon salt
  • – ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • – 200ml soda water
  • – 1/3 cup coconut milk

For the Filling:

  • – 6 large prawns or 150 grams fresh shitake mushroom
  • – 150 grams mince pork or chopped firm tofu beancurd.
  • – 4 good sized white mushrooms thinly sliced
  • – ½ small onion thinly sliced
  • – pinch of salt
  • – 100 grams beansprouts
  • – oil for stir fry
  • – salad leaves
  • – Sprig of coriander

Method:

  1. Whisk together the rice flour corn starch salt and turmeric in the sode water to a smooth paste.
  2. Let it sit for 30 minutes. 
  3. Add the coconut milk

For the Filling:

  1. Cook the onion on a low heat to sauté.
  2. Then add the pork, prawns, the mushrooms and salt.
  3. Remove from heat and split into 4 portions.

Forming the Pancakes:

  1. Heat a clean pan add I portion of ingredients spread out over the pan and then using a ladle add enough batter mix to form a crepe.
  2. Allow to cook for several minutes taking care not to burn then add some raw bean sprout on one side of the flat crepe cover with a lid for several minutes to steam the beansprouts.
  3. Watch as the crepe cooks and add some oil around the outside of the crepe to help crispy.
  4. Then fold over to half moon and flip onto a serving plate.
  5. Serve with salad leaves to be used as a carrier for the crepe.

Dipping Sauce (Nu Oc Mam) – Starter

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • – 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • – 2 birds eye chilli, finely chopped
  • – 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • – 3 tbsp lime juice
  • – 4 tbsp fish sauce or vegan fish sauce or mushroom sauce
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Method:

  1. Mix together all ingredients with 80ML water Serve alongside the pancakes with some lettuce leaves spring onion and herbs.

Vietnamese Chicken Curry – Main

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • – 300g chicken thighs cut into pieces or dried beancurd sticks
  •  – One medium size potato
  • – 1 medium sized carrot
  • – 1 medium-sized onion
  • – 1 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • – 1 stalk lemongrass cut into 5″ pieces then split lengthwise, smashed to expose more leaves
  • – 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • – 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • – oil for frying
  • – 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • – Water if needed to dilute coconut milk

Marinade:

  • – 1 tsp salt
  • – 1 tsp onion powder
  • – 1 tbsp. Vietnamese curry powder – see below.

Method:

  1. Cut chicken into large 2-3″ pieces. Follow packet instructions for bean curd sticks to soften.
  2. Add salt, onion powder & curry powder to chicken. Marinate for 2-4 hours.
  3. Cut onions, potatoes and carrots into 1.5-2″ chunks.
  4. Deep fry potatoes and carrots until lightly browned so they hold their shape.
  5. Marinade the chicken or beancurd for a few hours
  6. Brown chicken on all sides, drain fat and clean off any burned residue in the pan, set aside.
  7. Add some oil to the pan on low heat sweat onion until soft, then add garlic until lightly brown.
  8. Return chicken or add beancurd to the pan with lemongrass, bay leaves, sugar and water until all ingredients are fully submerged.
  9. Heat on high until boiling, reduce to medium-high heat to maintain a low boil.
  10. After 5 minutes of low boil, taste the broth and adjust with salt, sugar, and curry powder to taste if needed.
  11. Add potatoes and carrots, and more water if needed.
  12. Return to high heat until it hits a boil, then reduce to a low simmer until the chicken is fully cooked, and the potatoes and carrots until cooked.
  13. Add coconut milk, stir and raise the heat to high until it hits a boil, then turn off the heat.
  14. Serve with bread, rice and chow mein as a side.

Chorchaba’s Vietnamese Curry Powder – Main

Ingredients: Makes plenty to save for later

  • – 4 bay leaves
  • – 8 whole cloves
  • – 1 tsp coriander seeds or 1/2 tsp of ground coriander
  • – 2 tsp cumin seeds or 1 tsp ground cumin
  • – 1 tsp fennel seed
  • – 4 star anise
  • – 1tsp chilli powder
  • – 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • – 2 tsp cinnamon
  • – 2 tsp tumeric

Method:

  1. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  2. Toast whole spices for 30-45 seconds by placing them in the hot pan and occasionally shake the pan or stir the spices with a wooden spoon or chopsticks to prevent them from burning.
  3. Place whole spices in an electric spice/coffee grinder and grind to a fine powder. Alternatively you can use a mortal and pestle.
  4. Add the powdered spices to the grinder and pulse for a few seconds to mix well.
  5. Store in airtight container away from direct sunlight.

Vietnamese Stir-Fry Chow Mein – Main

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • – 200 grams flat egg noodles or rice noodles (V)
  • – 1-3 tablespoons cooking oil (added as needed)
  • – 5 pieces fried tofu (sliced)
  • – 1 small onion sliced
  • – 1 small carrot (thinly sliced)
  • – 1 king oyster mushroom sliced
  • – 2 cloves garlic minced
  • – 3-4 cabbage leaves chop roughly
  • – 5 mangtout                 
  • – 1-2 tablespoon thin/light soy sauce
  • – 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce Kecap Asin Salty Soy Sauce
  • – Black pepper and siracha or chilli paste
  • – Spring onion sliced
  • – Toasted sesame seed for garnish

Method

  1. Heat a large wok add 1 tablespoon oil add the sliced tofu fry to golden brown, remove from pan add the onion carrot and mushroom with a little more oil and a spoon of water.
  2. Add the minced garlic till you can smell aroma add the cabbage leaves and mange tout fry for a minute then add the tofu.
  3. Add the noodles mix well, add both the soy sauce’s cook for 2 minutes add spice if required.
  4. Serve on a plate garnish with sliced spring onion and toasted sesame seed on top.

Note:

  1. For Rice Noodles soak in tepid water for 10 minutes till soft and pliable then drain before cooking.

Vietnamese Pickled Vegetables (Do Chua) – Additional Recipe to try

  • – 1 large carrot
  • – 100g daikon radish
  • – 1 teaspoon salt
  • – ½ cup of sugar
  • – 1 ¼ cup of white vinegar
  • – 1 cup of luke warm water

Method:

  1. Cut the carrot and radishes into matchsticks and place in a mixing bowl.
  2. Sprinkle vegetables with 2 teaspoons of sugar & 1 teaspoon of salt and gently massage for 2-3 minutes (until you notice water being released from the vegetables)
  3. Rinse and drain vegetables and put in a jar with lid.
  4. Mix together the white vinegar, water and remaining sugar then pour over the vegetables in the jar.
  5. Close the lid and set aside to ferment for 1 hour

Chorchaba’s Favourite brands for her dishes

Available in Asian supermarkets such as W.H.Lungs or Wing Yip

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Flat Egg Noodles
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Firm Bean Curd
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Bean Curd Sticks
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Light/Thin Soy Sauce
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Glass Noodles
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Coconut milk
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Salty Dark Soy Sauce
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Rice Flour
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King Oyster Mushroom
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Mushroom Sauce

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