Category Archives: Vietnamese food

For Lunar New Year, the Horse Gallops in with Traditional Foods of Tết

The Vietnamese celebration of Lunar New Year, Tet, serves up a range of traditional foods, including thick wedges of sticky rice filled with peppery pork and candied kumquats and nutty cookies. For the Year of the Horse, Son Tran, owner of Oakland’s aptly named Le Cheval Vietnamese restaurant, shared with me the details of these essential holiday dishes and other cultural traditions. Continue reading

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Immerse Yourself in a World of Asian Flavors at Richmond’s Pacific East Mall

Take your palate on a trip of exotic Asian flavors at nearby Pacific East Mall in Richmond. Dine in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese or Thai restaurants. And sample sweets from around the globe. Adventurous cooks and homesick transplants will find almost any Asian ingredient at 99 Ranch. Continue reading

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Ten Places to Master Piroshkis, Paella or Pad Thai: Ethnic Cooking Classes Around the Bay Area

As I walked up the stairs to Kitchen on Fire’s spacious Berkeley loft, an inviting aroma of toasting cumin laid out an olfactory welcome mat. Chefs Olivier Said and MikeC., co-owners and culinary over-achievers, have a book coming out and … Continue reading

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Hot on the Taro Trail

Taro-obsessed, East Bay writer goes hunting for ethnic restaurants that cook up this tropical plant in various incarnations and details her Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Hawaiian discoveries, both savory and sweet. Continue reading

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Vanessa’s Poke Leaps Across Cultural Boundaries

Vanessa’s Bistro serves a superb Tuna Salmon Poke that melds elements from Hawaiian, Japanese and Mexican cuisines with chef Vanessa Dang’s Vietnamese twist. Continue reading

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Voyage to 99 Ranch Market-Land

Go on an instant trip to exotic lands by visiting Richmond’s 99 Ranch Market, a shopping emporium of Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Japanese and Indonesian foodstuffs. More than an ocean of fresh fish and hard to find fruits and vegetables. Snacks in un-dreamed of flavor combinations. Continue reading

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Vietnamese Crepes and Rolls – Light, Fresh and Gluten-Free

Vietnamese cuisine offers light and fresh foods with many rice-based, gluten free dishes like bahn xeo, a rice flour crepe and spring rolls wrapped in rice paper. Anh Hong restaurants are fun places to try this healthy cuisine. Continue reading

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