Greater Mekong: A Culinary Journey from China to Vietnam by Luke Nguyen

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  • Fish mint root & tofu salad
    • Categories: Salads; Main course; Chinese; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: firm tofu; coriander leaves; garlic chives; red capsicums; Chinese black rice vinegar; light soy sauce; sesame oil; chilli flakes; fresh ginger; spring onions; fish mint roots
    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Main course; Cooking ahead; Chinese
    • Ingredients: cooked chicken meat; chicken breasts; pork fillets; pork kidneys; cured pork; squid; dried tofu sheets; black fungus; spring onions; baby bok choy; garlic chives; coriander leaves; rice noodles; quail eggs; soy sauce; fresh ginger; whole chicken; garlic
  • Uyghur spicy beef skewers
    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Grills & BBQ; Main course; Uighur
    • Ingredients: beef sirloin steaks; chilli flakes; ground cumin; lemons; sweet paprika; nutmeg; ground coriander; fresh ginger; light soy sauce; Sichuan peppercorns
  • Clay pot fish
    • Categories: Soups; Chinese
    • Ingredients: peanut oil; fresh ginger; carp; Chinese cabbage; glass noodles; black fungus; shiitake mushrooms; dried tofu sheets; dried shrimp; cured pork; dried lily buds; Sichuan peppercorns
  • Steamed fish with fermented soya beans & glass noodles
    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Main course; Chinese
    • Ingredients: carp; sea salt; glass noodles; fermented soya beans; fresh ginger; spring onions; long red chillies; peanut oil; coriander leaves; Shaoxing rice wine; light soy sauce; sesame oil
  • Dali vegetarian rice noodle stir-fry
    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Stir-fries; Main course; Chinese; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: peanut oil; garlic; Chinese cabbage; bean sprouts; garlic chives; light soy sauce; rice noodles; pickled chillies; spring onions; chilli flakes; sesame oil
    • Categories: Salads; Side dish; Chinese; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: lichen; white fungus; coriander leaves; Chinese red vinegar; light soy sauce; sesame oil; fresh ginger; spring onions; chilli flakes
  • Lucky red braised pork belly
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Chinese
    • Ingredients: red rice; Shaoxing rice wine; pork belly; fresh ginger; cardamom pods; coriander leaves
  • Wild mushrooms wok-tossed with cured pork
    • Categories: Stir-fries; Main course; Chinese
    • Ingredients: cured pork; garlic; green capsicums; porcini mushrooms; shiitake mushrooms; garlic shoots; Shaoxing rice wine; red capsicums
  • Chargrilled fish with crisp mint
    • Categories: Grills & BBQ; Stir-fries; Main course; Chinese
    • Ingredients: carp; chilli flakes; peanut oil; Sichuan peppercorns; dried red chillies; garlic shoots; spring onions; roasted unsalted peanuts; vegetable oil; mint
    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Dressings & marinades; Main course; Chinese; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: rice noodles; Lebanese cucumbers; bean sprouts; garlic chives; coriander leaves; spring onions; roasted unsalted peanuts; Chinese red vinegar; Chinese black vinegar; light soy sauce; chilli oil; Sichuan peppercorns; peanut oil; sesame oil
  • One thousand layer pork belly
    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Main course; Chinese
    • Ingredients: pork belly; pickled mustard greens; coriander leaves; jasmine rice; light soy sauce; dark soy sauce; Shaoxing rice wine; fresh ginger
    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Chinese
    • Ingredients: plain flour; sparkling water; roasted unsalted peanuts; walnuts; black sesame seeds; lard
    • Categories: Grills & BBQ; Main course; Chinese
    • Ingredients: lemongrass; spring onions; long red chillies; fresh ginger; light soy sauce; tilapia
  • Chicken & herbs wrapped in banana leaf
    • Categories: Grills & BBQ; Main course; Chinese; Thai
    • Ingredients: chicken thighs; fresh ginger; soy sauce; Thai basil; lemongrass; spring onions; red chillies; green chillies; betel leaves; sawtooth coriander; banana leaves; cha-om
    • Accompaniments: Sticky rice
  • Tea-infused sticky sesame dumplings
    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Chinese
    • Ingredients: glutinous rice flour; rice flour; dark palm sugar; green tea leaves; sesame seeds; black sesame seeds
  • Chargrilled eggplant & prawn salad
    • Categories: Grills & BBQ; Salads; Main course; Burmese
    • Ingredients: Japanese eggplants; Asian shallots; coriander leaves; light soy sauce; limes; sesame seeds; tiger prawns; roasted unsalted peanuts; vegetable oil; garlic
  • Vegetable spring rolls
    • Categories: Sandwiches & burgers; Main course; Burmese; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: peanut oil; bean sprouts; daikon radishes; carrots; bamboo shoots; Chinese cabbage; glass noodles; Asian celery; spring onions; tofu puffs; light soy sauce; butter lettuce; popiah skins; Asian red shallots; peanuts; Chinese chilli sauce; plain flour; garlic
  • King prawn & tomato curry
    • Categories: Curry; Main course; Burmese
    • Ingredients: king prawns; turmeric; fish sauce; tomatoes; sweet paprika; coriander leaves; Asian shallots; galangal; dried chillies; peanut oil
  • Mohinga
    • Categories: Soups; Spice / herb blends & rubs; Burmese
    • Ingredients: rice vermicelli noodles; snake beans; chilli flakes; limes; catfish; lemongrass; turmeric; rice powder; Asian red shallots; fish sauce; dried chillies; garlic; fresh ginger; peanut oil; shrimp paste; sweet paprika; coriander sprigs; canned chickpeas
  • Inle Lake green tomato salad
    • Categories: Salads; Side dish; Burmese; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: green tomatoes; Asian red shallots; coriander leaves; roasted unsalted peanuts; black sesame seeds; chilli flakes; red chillies; garlic; coriander sprigs; vegetable oil
  • Crisp spring onion fritters
    • Categories: Fried doughs; Sauces, general; Snacks; Burmese
    • Ingredients: peanut oil; fish sauce; fresh ginger; chilli flakes; coriander leaves; spring onions; tomatoes; Asian red shallots; garlic; hot paprika; rice flour; glutinous rice flour; beer; lotus flowers; tamarind pulp
  • Inle stuffed fish
    • Categories: Stuffing; Main course; Side dish; Burmese
    • Ingredients: fresh ginger; carp; light soy sauce; peanut oil; tomato passata; turmeric; sweet paprika; spring onions; tomatoes; coriander sprigs
  • Shan warm chickpea 'tofu' noodle soup
    • Categories: Soups; Burmese
    • Ingredients: besan flour; peanut oil; turmeric; Asian red shallots; garlic; fresh ginger; tomatoes; sweet paprika; chicken thighs; rice noodles; baby bok choy; bean sprouts; black sesame seeds; roasted unsalted peanuts; light soy sauce; cane syrup; spring onions; chilli flakes; limes
    • Categories: Salads; Main course; Burmese
    • Ingredients: banana blossoms; peanut oil; Asian red shallots; turmeric; sweet paprika; tomatoes; red chillies; snake beans; garlic chives; baby leeks; roasted unsalted peanuts; coriander leaves; dried water buffalo skin

Notes about this book

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Water spinach with fermented soya beans

    • KarinaFrancis on February 08, 2014

      Delicious and super simple. I fell in love with this dish in Laos and this recipe is spot on. Goes perfectly w steamed or BBQ fish.

  • Tamarind crab

    • KarinaFrancis on November 30, 2014

      This was quick, easy and delicious. Would even work for a weekday dinner

  • Clay pot cola chicken

    • KarinaFrancis on June 24, 2023

      The flavours in this chicken are amazing and the clay pot keeps it juicy and delicious. Unfortunately I was making this at a friends house who has an induction cooktop so we did it in the oven, I don’t think the flavour suffered but it took a little longer to cook, we added another 20 minutes. I’m definitely trying it again

  • Caramelised fish in young coconut juice

    • KarinaFrancis on August 07, 2021

      I love any of Luke’s recipes that involve braising in coconut juice and this one is a beauty. I used pork mince in place of pork belly because my butcher wouldn’t sell me a piece of belly that small. It’s a short marinade time and a quick cook, easily achieved on a weeknight and such a delicious meal

  • Heart of palm salad

    • KarinaFrancis on February 10, 2014

      Was ok, but not great. I did have to substitue chicken for the prawns due to alergy. Not enough for dinner for 2, probably better as a part of a shared meal with a few different dishes

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  • ISBN 10 174270512X
  • ISBN 13 9781742705125
  • Published Nov 01 2012
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 256
  • Language English
  • Countries Australia
  • Publisher Hardie Grant

Publishers Text

Join Luke Nguyen as he journeys down one of Asia's most famous rivers, the Mekong. To tie in with the third installment of Luke's popular SBS series, The Greater Mekong tells the stories, experiences and recipes from the TV show of the same name. Luke immerses himself in the cultures and communities of the countries he visits, learning stories and histories from each region as well as sampling and recreating local cuisines. Luke's travels start in China where he explores the centuries-old traditions of the Yunnan Province. His journey takes him to Myanmar where he uncovers some of the country's unique flavours, and then on to Northern Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and finally Vietnam, Luke's homeland and the location of this mighty river's floodplains.

The Greater Mekong cookbook contains over 70 recipes that celebrate well-known dishes as well as lesser known regional delicacies. Sample Chargrilled pork grilled in bamboo from Thailand, Steamed lemongrass and dill fish from Laos, Tea-infused sesame dumplings from China or for the more adventurous, Clay-pot cola chicken from Cambodia. With heartwarming stories, breath-taking location photography and stunning images of all the dishes featured in the show, The Greater Mekong is a must-have cookbook that will be treasured and referred to for many years to come.

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