Made in Vietnam - Tracey Lister & Andreas Pohl

This week I am going to bring you several promotions on books that take you around the world with delicious bites in follow up to my Globetrotting through your cookbook library

First up, we have Made in Vietnam: Homestyle Recipes from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh by Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl (a reissue of their 2014 title Real Vietnamese Cooking). This vibrant book shares recipes based on memorable meals eaten at street food stalls, family gatherings and countryside eateries. Three main culinary regions of the country are covered: the heart food of the north, dishes from the centre (in the tradition of the cuisine of the imperial city Hue), and the sweeter, spicier food of the tropical south. 

Tracey Lister is an Australian chef who runs the Hanoi Cooking Centre and her husband, Andreas Pohl, is a writer, researcher and educator with a keen interest in Vietnam's culture and social history. A decade ago Tracey set up KOTO, a grassroots social enterprise training street kids in cooking and serving. The couple have written two other cookbooks Vietnamese Street Food and KOTO: A Culinary Journey through Vietnam, both of which I just tracked down and had to order.

In Made in Vietnam the couple deliver an approachable, yet interesting, collection of recipes that includes staple Vietnamese dishes, such as Beef noodle soup (pho bo) and Banh-mi (I love Banh-mi) but also lesser-known recipes, such as Banana flower salad and Boiled jackfruit seeds. In addition to the recipes, we are offered different aspects of the country's food history and its various culinary influences, including those absorbed from French and Chinese cuisines. 

I just returned from the market with ingredients to make the Cabbage and chicken with Vietnamese mint this week. The Chicken sesame and jicama salad and Choko and barbecue pork salad are also on my must make list along with many others including this spectacular dish we are sharing with our members today. I love the fresh and light feel of some of the dishes making them perfect for quick weeknight meals.

The content in Made in Vietnam is appealing both to a novice cook, and one that is more experienced, making the book feel right at home on any cookbook lover's shelf.  Special thanks to Hardie Grant for sharing the showstopper recipe for Fried snapper in rice paper and for providing three copies of this beautiful book in our contest open to members in the US.

 

Fried snapper with rice paper
Cá chiên bánh tráng

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This dish is a fun and easy way to serve spring rolls: have your guests roll their own at the table. It fits in well with the communal spirit in Vietnam, where it is often prepared when entertaining guests at home. This recipe also works well with barbecued snapper.

  • 2 green bananas
  • 1 carambola (star fruit), sliced lengthways into 5 mm (1/4 inch) strips
  • 1 pineapple, not too ripe, peeled and cut into 5 cm (2 inch) batons
  • 50 g (1 3/4 oz / 1/3 cup) roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 1 x 600-700 g (1 lb 5 oz-1 lb 9 oz) snapper, gutted
  • rice flour, for dusting
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • TO SERVE
  • 1 handful coriander (cilantro)
  • 1 handful dill
  • 600 g (1 lb 5 oz) dried rice vermicelli
  • 18 rice paper sheets, about 18 cm (7 inches) in size
  • Classic dipping sauce (recipe below), to serve

Serves 6

Using a sharp knife, peel the outer layer of skin from each banana, leaving on a thin layer of the skin for texture. Cut the banana into thin strips and arrange on a platter with the carambola, pineapple and peanuts.

Rinse the fish in a bowl filled with salted water. Check for and remove any scales. Using kitchen scissors, cut off the fins and trim the tail. Dry the fish thoroughly with paper towel.

For the fish to cook evenly, make three cuts, about 1 cm (1/2 inch) deep, on each side. Dust the fish in the rice flour and shake off any excess flour.

Heat about 13 cm (5 inches) of oil in a wok or saucepan. To test the oil, place the tip of a wooden chopstick into the oil - when bubbles slowly rise to the surface, the oil is hot enough to use. Carefully slide the fish in and fry for 8-10 minutes, until the flesh is cooked through and the skin is golden and crisp. Remove and drain well on paper towel. Place the fish on a platter and top with the coriander and dill.

Meanwhile, soak the vermicelli in boiling water for 4-5 minutes. Gently stir to separate the noodles, then drain and refresh under cold water. Use kitchen scissors to cut the vermicelli into easy-to-manage lengths.

Soften the rice paper sheets by dipping them one at a time into warm water for 1 second. Do not soak the sheets as they will become too soft and tear when rolled. Place on a flat surface, wait for 20 seconds, then soak up any excess water with a clean cloth.

Invite your guests to take a sheet of the rice paper and top with the fish, noodles, herbs, fruit and peanuts, before rolling up into a spring roll and enjoying with the dipping sauce.

Classic dipping sauce
N c châm truyên thông
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  • 100 ml (3 1/2 fl oz) lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 110 g (4 oz / 1/2 cup) sugar
  • 60 ml (2 fl oz / 1/4 cup) fish sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 long red chilli, finely chopped

Serves 6

Combine the lime juice, vinegar and sugar in a small bowl. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Stir in the fish sauce, garlic and chilli and divide among six dipping bowls.

Recipe excerpted with permission from Made in Vietnam by Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl, published by Hardie Grant Books August 2017, RRP $29.99.

 

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK and Australia. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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97 Comments

  • stepspior  on  1/16/2018 at 5:53 PM

    Banh-mi

  • lpatterson412  on  1/16/2018 at 6:06 PM

    I love cookbooks featuring foods and stories around the world!!! I would make the sweet potato and coconut soup first!

  • Laura1  on  1/16/2018 at 6:28 PM

    banana flower salad

  • LMS209  on  1/16/2018 at 6:35 PM

    Green papaya spring rolls

  • Shelley.b  on  1/16/2018 at 7:49 PM

    Banh-mi

  • akrupnick  on  1/16/2018 at 10:15 PM

    Anything with sticky rice, the cabbage chicken salad, and any of the seafood dishes. I'm writing this from a beach in Thailand, where I've been seduced by fresh fish and vegetables. I want to carry this home.

  • contest718  on  1/16/2018 at 10:15 PM

    That cover recipe made me salivate honestly! Fried snapper with rice paper

  • bettinab  on  1/16/2018 at 10:26 PM

    Classic dipping sauce

  • AnnaZed  on  1/17/2018 at 1:21 AM

    Green beans, lap cheong sausage and water chestnuts (Dố xào lạp sườn, mã thầy)

  • EmilyR  on  1/17/2018 at 1:37 AM

    Salty peanut and sesame cookies (Bánh lạc vừng). Vietnam is an incredible place with such kind people.

  • heyjude  on  1/17/2018 at 2:17 AM

    Fried Sticky Rice

  • love2laf  on  1/17/2018 at 8:17 AM

    Classic dipping sauce

  • kmn4  on  1/17/2018 at 10:54 AM

    Goat curry (Cà ri dê)

  • sgump  on  1/17/2018 at 1:37 PM

    For when things warm up a bit, the coffee yoghurt ice cream (kem cà phê sừa chua) sounds delightful!

  • lean1  on  1/17/2018 at 2:24 PM

    Chicken and coconut rolls

  • laffersk  on  1/17/2018 at 2:55 PM

    Green papaya spring rolls

  • jmay42066  on  1/17/2018 at 9:12 PM

    Banh-mi, one of my favorite foods.

  • sarahawker  on  1/18/2018 at 10:21 AM

    Cabbage with egg and fish sauce

  • Kerreydp  on  1/18/2018 at 2:52 PM

    Banh mi. Yum.

  • Siegal  on  1/18/2018 at 6:16 PM

    I’m curious about boiled jackfruit seeds

  • JJWong  on  1/18/2018 at 10:16 PM

    I love Vietnamese cooking. I want to try any of the rice dishes, especially crab fried rice.

  • cheftina888  on  1/19/2018 at 12:38 AM

    so much to chose from. I would love a big bowl of beef noodle soup (pho) as well as some spring rolls. I would like to try to make the pho at home. I love the soup.

  • lapsapchung  on  1/19/2018 at 2:45 AM

    I'd love to try making real Korean food, I'm familiar with most other Asian cuisines. I'd try Cabbage and chicken salad with Vietnamese mint (Nộm gà vối bắp cải)

  • NikkiPixie  on  1/19/2018 at 2:58 AM

    Cabbage and chicken salad with Vietnamese mint as well - often my favourite while I was travelling through Viietnam - although add banana blossom if you can get it!!!

  • achrae  on  1/19/2018 at 9:03 AM

    Crispy noodle cake with sautéed prawns and vegetables (Bún gạo xào tôm, rau)

  • SnarkyLarane  on  1/19/2018 at 1:25 PM

    I love spring rolls so this recipe jumped right out at me: Green papaya spring rolls (Nem cuổn du dù).

  • Livia  on  1/19/2018 at 2:38 PM

    It has got to be the Crispy noodle cake with sautéed prawns and vegetables (Bún gạo xào tôm, rau)

  • robynsanyal  on  1/19/2018 at 2:51 PM

    Cabbage and chicken salad with Vietnamese mint

  • milgwimper  on  1/19/2018 at 4:14 PM

    rice flour doughnuts

  • Scotsman61  on  1/20/2018 at 12:06 AM

    coffee yoghurt ice cream (kem cà phê sừa chua)

  • Mayandbill  on  1/20/2018 at 9:19 AM

    Smoky Aubergine (eggplant) with dried shrimp

  • rstaudt  on  1/20/2018 at 4:09 PM

    Pork ribs braised with peanuts and lemongrass!

  • annieski  on  1/21/2018 at 6:21 AM

    Vietnamese baguette

  • rlmiller  on  1/21/2018 at 9:52 AM

    Coffee yoghurt ice cream sounds amazing!

  • LaurenE  on  1/21/2018 at 2:12 PM

    Green papaya spring rolls

  • littleminxgirl  on  1/21/2018 at 7:42 PM

    oh my brother would love this book.. I'm thinking he'd make us something with fried rice and cabbage

  • Dannausc  on  1/24/2018 at 6:20 PM

    Broken rice

  • ejsimpson  on  1/25/2018 at 2:11 PM

    Crispy chicken wings with fish sauce (Cánh gà chiên mắm)

  • Julia  on  1/25/2018 at 11:07 PM

    Cabbage and chicken salad with Vietnamese mint.

  • tamt  on  1/25/2018 at 11:23 PM

    Carrot and daikon pickle

  • fbrunetti  on  1/26/2018 at 9:25 AM

    Bitter gourd with duck eggs

  • Execchef1225  on  1/26/2018 at 9:29 AM

    Fried sticky rice

  • Kelos  on  1/26/2018 at 2:10 PM

    Squid and pomelo salad (Nộm mực, bưổi) sounds lovely :)

  • cora429  on  1/26/2018 at 8:09 PM

    Tapioca dumplings with prawn and pork

  • sugo  on  1/26/2018 at 9:56 PM

    Cabbage and chicken salad with Vietnamese mint (Nộm gà vối bắp cải) for me

  • lisambb  on  1/27/2018 at 5:20 AM

    Spring rolls

  • tararr  on  1/27/2018 at 9:39 AM

    Green papaya spring rolls

  • ravensfan  on  1/27/2018 at 8:54 PM

    Meatball baguette (Bánh mì xá xíu)

  • GoodnessGrandma  on  1/27/2018 at 9:06 PM

    Classic dipping sauce

  • Jenamarie  on  1/27/2018 at 9:42 PM

    avocado smoothie!

  • Marcia1206  on  1/27/2018 at 11:12 PM

    I love Vietnamese food. I’ve only had it s few times Everything is always so good. I particularly love anything I haven’t had before

  • Bakersdozen  on  1/28/2018 at 12:51 AM

    I want to try the Cabbage and chicken salad with Vietnamese mint (Nộm gà vối bắp cải).

  • dillpickleknits  on  1/28/2018 at 2:23 AM

    Pork ribs braised with peanuts and lemongrass. My tummy is doing some serious rumbling right now...

  • Clove  on  1/28/2018 at 3:18 AM

    Green papaya spring rolls - they look delicious

  • Foodycat  on  1/28/2018 at 3:19 AM

    So many dishes in this book sound wonderful! The first dish would be a toss-up between the crab fried rice and the coffee yoghurt ice cream.

  • lozzle77  on  1/28/2018 at 5:47 AM

    Fried Sticky Rice

  • lynneskip  on  1/28/2018 at 7:16 AM

    Fried sticky rice here, almost into February, time to fry!

  • Poppyjoey  on  1/28/2018 at 7:30 AM

    The Meatball Baguette sounds very tasty!

  • RickPearson54  on  1/28/2018 at 9:03 AM

    Banh mi

  • rachael_mc  on  1/28/2018 at 5:07 PM

    Crab fried rice

  • mmstarla  on  1/28/2018 at 5:43 PM

    I would really love to try the Crab poached in beer with lemongrass and chilli (Cua hẩp bia, xà ốt)!

  • Whyvette  on  1/28/2018 at 7:56 PM

    I'd love to make authentic banh mi.

  • obbigttam  on  1/28/2018 at 8:16 PM

    Choko & barbecued pork salad. Have bad memories of chokos as a kid (especially when hidden in Apple Pie lol), so maybe it's time to give them another go :).

  • sequoia55  on  1/29/2018 at 12:00 AM

    Banh-mi

  • kerrin1976  on  1/29/2018 at 1:02 AM

    Beef noodle soup

  • jim.windle  on  1/29/2018 at 9:39 AM

    Prawns in young green rice

  • Sfgordon  on  1/29/2018 at 3:06 PM

    I loooooove Vietnamese food and I would be excited to try making sticky rice at home - the sticky rice with pork and mung beans looks great.

  • cambridgecook  on  2/1/2018 at 11:02 AM

    smoky eggplant with dried shrimp

  • PiaOC  on  2/1/2018 at 1:23 PM

    Cabbage and chicken salad with Vietnamese mint although the snapper photographed in your post looks amazing!

  • sir_ken_g  on  2/1/2018 at 2:29 PM

    Vietnamese baguette for my Bahn Mi

  • yd1556  on  2/1/2018 at 8:18 PM

    The Banh-mi looks great.

  • MrRichTea  on  2/2/2018 at 4:25 AM

    Green papaya spring rolls

  • Jostlori  on  2/2/2018 at 9:42 PM

    Definitely the green papaya springs rolls

  • rchesser  on  2/3/2018 at 5:59 PM

    Prawn wontons in a pork broth with sesame oil (Sủi cào)

  • t.t  on  2/3/2018 at 11:48 PM

    Chicken, sesame and jicama salad

  • maria411  on  2/5/2018 at 6:37 PM

    goat curry

  • thecharlah  on  2/6/2018 at 8:06 AM

    Banana flower salad

  • fionajk42  on  2/6/2018 at 12:57 PM

    I'd like to try banh mi

  • shaz4  on  2/10/2018 at 4:13 AM

    Definitely the green papaya spring rolls - anything with spice and green papaya and i’m sold.

  • choppergirl  on  2/11/2018 at 8:53 AM

    Soy chilli dipping sauce (Xì dầu ỏt)

  • verorenee  on  2/11/2018 at 1:54 PM

    Sweet potato, taro and turmeric croquettes

  • rahiscock  on  2/15/2018 at 11:45 PM

    Classic dipping sauce - it goes with everything

  • katehenderson  on  2/16/2018 at 6:17 PM

    Squid and pomelo salad

  • JenJoLa  on  2/17/2018 at 1:32 PM

    Baby chicken chargrilled with kaffir lime leaves (Gà lá chanh)

  • orchidlady01  on  2/18/2018 at 10:33 PM

    Fried sticky rice

  • pcaradonna  on  2/18/2018 at 11:42 PM

    Fried sticky rice

  • GrooveHeart  on  2/19/2018 at 4:21 AM

    Choko and barbecued pork salad

  • ehallett25  on  2/19/2018 at 8:24 AM

    I'd try the Choko and barbecued pork salad first

  • jimmyadon05  on  2/19/2018 at 4:01 PM

    Fried Sticky RIce sounds nice.

  • kitchenclimbers  on  2/20/2018 at 2:50 PM

    banh mi

  • PennyG  on  2/25/2018 at 4:50 PM

    Chicken, sesame and jicama salad (Gà xé phay) sounds delicious!

  • dantaro  on  2/27/2018 at 9:23 PM

    Beef noodle soup (Phở bò) - It's my standard measure for trying out new Vietnamese!

  • LizyB  on  2/28/2018 at 5:50 AM

    pork ribs w/peanut & lemongrass

  • HermionieG  on  2/28/2018 at 3:02 PM

    Pickled cabbage (Dưa muối)

  • clappc  on  3/1/2018 at 2:38 AM

    I really want to know how to make Vietnamese baguette (Bánh mỳ). Mostly because I lobe Bahn Mi.

  • Karla123  on  3/1/2018 at 6:14 PM

    Sweet potato, taro and turmeric croquettes (Chả khoai lang)

  • hibeez  on  3/1/2018 at 6:21 PM

    corn and coconut soup! can't wait for corn!!

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