August 1, 2012 by brett
This ubiquitous, must-have sauce unifies the different flavors in many a Vietnamese dish and makes the entire composition come together and “pop.” Nuoc cham can effortlessly pull together a dish, making it a godsend for anyone looking to get breakfast/lunch/dinner on the table ASAP. I have a small airtight container of this stuff in my fridge at all times.
I generally serve this alongside cha gio (Vietnamese fried rolls) and drizzled over a haphazardly put together bun bowl – cooked rice vermicelli, raw, shredded lettuce, raw, julienned cucumbers, slices of pan-seared tofu or any cooked chicken/pork/beef/shrimp/fish, plus a sprinkling of fresh mint and Thai/Asian basil leaves.
Nuoc cham is also a wonderful accompaniment to non-Viet-style dishes as well. I’ve drizzled it on corn tortillas filled with grilled fish, Viet-style pickles, julienned cucumbers, and a few springs of cilantro, and the result was tasty. Nation borders are but lines on a map; in the mouth and stomach, they don’t exist. (more…)
Category basics, easy | Tags: corn-free,dairy-free,egg-free,fish sauce,gluten-free,nut-free,peanut-free,sesame-free,soy-free,treenut-free | 1 Comment
April 6, 2012 by brett
Tasty, easy, and fast, “Catfish” Tofu — which contains no catfish — is my primary go-to dish on nights when I’m too tired to do anything but am having one of those gotta-get-dinner-on-the-table-NOW-or-else-hungry-toddler-is-gonna-have-a-meltdown nights. (more…)
Category easy, main dish, Recipes | Tags: corn-free,dairy-free,egg-free,fish sauce,gluten-free,nut-free,peanut-free,sesame-free,shellfish-free,soy-free,treenut-free | 1 Comment
January 21, 2012 by brett
Fish sauce should never have more than fish, sugar, and salt as its ingredients. Tra Chang, a smaller, venerable label that has a long history and is family-owned and-run, fits the bill. The flavor is well-balanced and nice. I use Tra Chang both for cooking and for making dipping sauces. My son, who is allergic to wheat and all forms of gluten, dairy, egg, tree nuts, peanuts, and sesame, has never had any reactions to Tra Chang fish sauce. (YMMV.)
Category Ingredients | Tags: fish sauce,golden boy,squid,tra chang | 4 Comments