Lily Makes Summertime Bun Thit Xao Xa!

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Summer is almost here, and with the warm weather, Generoso very kindly asked Lily if she could make a bun dish.

Bun (vermicelli) comes in many forms. It can be served with soup, or it can be served with crisp, fresh veggies.

For this week’s recipe, Lily made bun with lemongrass pork, a cross between the very traditional Bun Thit Nuong (Vermicelli with BBQ pork) and Ga Xao Xa Ot (chicken with lemongrass and chilies) that you will find in most Vietnamese restaurants.

This episode also has a new friend in it….the mandolin! It is a great tool to prepare the carrots and the cucumbers that give this dish perfect amounts of crisp textures and freshness.

Music by Franz Liszt, Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178

Enjoy! Happy summertime!

Lily Creates Her Irresistible Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)

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Bo Kho is an anise charged, lemongrassed fueled Vietnamese beef stew that we love to have here in the Fierro home the moment the thermometer dips. For this slow cooked dish, you will need about 2 pounds of beef, star anise, garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, black and cayenne pepper, ginger, olive oil, one can of puree tomatoes, and a packet of Vietnamese beef stew seasoning which you can get in almost any Asian grocery store.   Enjoy and let us know what you think when you make yours!!

Music is by that Beethoven guy, Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61.  Enjoy!