Post # 1
For work tomorrow, I have to cook Vietnamese food and I honestly don’t know very much about it.
What are some simple dishes I could make to feed a few folks? There aren’t many specialty markets around, so I may be stuck with whatever I can find at the local MegaMart.
Vegetarian options are a must!
Thanks for any help 🙂
Post # 3
Could you do some kind of summer rolls, with the option of using either shrimp or tofu for the filling? Hardest part would probably be finding the rice paper wrappers, but they’re not so uncommon.
Here’s one recipe:
Post # 4
I was going to suggest salad rolls, but Frog E beat me to it! The ones I make have shredded lettuce, carrots, and basil in them. Omit the shrimp to keep them vegetarian!
Post # 5
Oooo awesome idea! I might be able to find the rice paper rolls in the market near the Tofu. Substituting wanton rolls might not work, right? They’re too thick.
Post # 6
Yeah, wonton wrappers would be too thick. Rice paper usually comes dry and in a plastic pack, so check near the canned/jarred stuff in the “ethnic” aisle in your supermarket. (I’m thinking tofu is more likely to be in the refrigerated section, but then again there is that shelf-stable stuff.)
Post # 7
Oooh, summer/salad rolls are a great idea. Generally the rice paper can’t be substituted with wonton wrappers (since wonton wrappers need to be cooked).
One of my favorites is Hue Stuffed Pancakes: http://www.vietnamese-recipes.com/vietnamese-recipes/appetizer/hue-stuffed-pancake.php
What kind of meal are you cooking? Apps mostly or a full sit-down?
Post # 8
@anon12345: This is for a meeting, so I think apps is more appropriate.
Ack! I hope I can pull it off.
Post # 9
I have this cook book by Andrea Nguyen that I really like, and she publishes some recipes on her website too: http://www.vietworldkitchen.com/
Post # 10
Here are some Vietnamese food bloggers that can help you with recipes. And there is a huge variety.