Viet Food Fest

Mel is the designer behind MondayMarch and Dru a creative master behind MyGulling and Printerous. Together they manage Superfoodshoppen. They have a cute lil boy, whom I call my son in law 😉

You need to understand that before we meet up, we extensively discuss the menu for our little get together. This time we decided to go for a Vietnamese main dish. We also decided, from learning perspective that we wanted to make the dishes together and create masterpieces together. A Viet Food fest was started.

Check out the pictures..and indulge!

Lao minced meat salad – Larb
Vietnamese Tomato and Crab soup – Bun Rieu

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Laotian minced meat salad – Larb, recipe by Cheukam Teung

300 gr Ground pork
1 Chili pepper, thinly sliced
2 Spring onions, thinly sliced
Fish sauce to taste
2 Tsp of sugar
2 small shallots, finely chopped
1 Lime

Toasted rice – 2 TbSp rice grains toasted until golden brown and pound until fine and powdery
2 Little Gem lettuce
Package Coriander, chopped
Package of Mint, chopped
2 Tomatoes, cut into smaller cubes
Cucumber, seeds removed and cut into smaller pieces

In a wok, heat some oil and add 1/2 of the shallots, spring onions and the chili pepper.
Mix in the pork and cook over medium high heat. Bring to taste with the fish sauce and sugar.
When done seasoning add the lime juice and mix in the rest of the shallots.

Now to assemble your salad. Take a little gem leaf. Add some coriander, mint and tomatoes and cucumber and sprinkle some toasted rice on top.  You are now good to go!

Vietnamese Tomato and Crab soup – Bun Rieu

4 Tom yum stock cubes
0,5 kg gruund pork/beef
2 bun rieu cans (minced crab in spices)
1.5 kg of tomatoes, cut in to in big pieces
2 big pieces of pork chop, cut in to smaller pieces
5 eggs
4 liters of water
1 package of Tofu puffs

Spring onions, finely chopped
Coriander, finely chopped
Fish sauce to taste
Rice vermicelli, cooked according to instructions on package
Lime wedges

In a big pan, boil the pork chops with the water and add the tom yum stock cubes. Let this boil for a few minutes.
After that, add the tomatoes.
In the mean time, make sure to mix the ground pork/beef mixture with the bun rieu cans and eggs.
When the soup is boiling, turn the stove to lower heat and let it simmer. Now make sure to drop the egg mixture slowly, drizzling it in a complete circle around the pot. Do not stir, otherwise the egg mixture   The rieu will instantly begin to form as the mixture hits the boiling broth. Put the lid on the pan and let it steam for 10 minutes.
After that add the tofu puffs and taste the soup and if necessary season it one more time.

Now to serve:
Assemble in a soup bowl, some soup, rieu, tomatoes, tofu with some vermicelli noodles, spring onions, coriander. Serve with a lime wedge on the side. You can add some fish sauce to taste!

Bon apetit

If you liked this recipe, be sure to check out my other Vietnamese Recipes



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