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Nuoc Mam Gung – The ultimate Vietnamese dipping sauce

8 Aug

My mother in law’s nuoc mam gung (ginger dipping sauce) is legendary. No one in the family makes it like her.

I have made several feeble attempts that mostly proved to be failures. Edible, but failures nonetheless. Rather than ask her to make the sauce for me every time I prepare Bun Mang Vit (Duck and bamboo noodle soup), vermicelli bowls, or any of the other dishes we enjoy with the sauce, it was time for me to learn.

Over and over she says “No measurements, just taste.”

OK, fine.

But I still need to see about how much of everything goes in to this magical concoction.

We called her up the other weekend and said we’d be over to make the sauce with strong warnings not to have it already made before we arrived. She didn’t make it, thankfully, but had the other ingredients ready and waiting.

And the results were glorious.

Mom and I holding the finished product of ginger dipping sauce. Continue reading

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken with Squash Soup and Fried Butterfish

6 Jun

We stopped by Ma’s house on the way home to discuss some details for the dam hoi and ended up staying for an impromptu cooking lesson and feast. Fortunately we arrived just as she was getting things going so I was able to watch over her shoulder and ask enough questions to sketch out the recipes and note her methods. A majority of which, of course, are all to taste. Three dishes were prepared start to finish in just over 30 minutes. Can’t beat that.

Canh Bi, Ga Xao Xa Ot, Ca Chim

Canh Bi, Ga Xao Xa Ot, Ca Chim

I’ll test these out myself soon and finalize ingredient ratios. For those of you who are familiar with the flavors and ingredients, dive right in! Continue reading


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