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Food-filled weekend

Select photos from a food-filled weekend (2 big dinners on Friday and Saturday)

Cơm hấp trái dừa: rice cooked in coconut juice inside a coconut

There’s a huge bin of fresh young coconuts at the Asian supermarket I go to so I have been playing with coconut a lot lately. Latest fun was steaming rice inside a coconut with coconut juice. The rice is sweet and fully infused with coconut flavor. The rice could be a meal in itself. It paired very well with coconut-caramelized shrimps.

Tôm rang nước dừa coconut-caramelized shrimps)

And speaking of caramelization, how could I not make caramelized catfish in claypot as well? It’s kind of funny that I had never tried my hands at making this Southern classic before. Anyways, 1st and 2nd attempts (Fri & Sat dinners) both turned out very well. This delicious dish was a big hit at both dinners.

Cá kho tộ Caramelized catfish with pork belly)

Riềng (galanga) definitely enhanced the flavor of cá kho tộ

Friday menu:

  1. Gỏi ngó sen (lotus root salad with shrimps and pork belly)
  2. Tôm rang nước dừa (Coconut-caramelized shrimps)
  3. Cá kho tộ (Caramelized catfish in claypot)
  4. Canh chua (Sweet and sour soup with catfish)
  5. Rau câu dừa (coconut agar-agar/jelly in coconut)

Gỏi ngó sen lotus root salad), tôm rang nước dừa coconut-caramelized shrimps), cá kho tộ

Saturday menu:

1.   Chả giò chay (yuba rolls)
2a. Cà tím kho tộ (coconut-caramelized eggplants)
2b. Cá kho tộ (caramelized catfish in claypot)
3.   Mít non nướng cuốn bánh tráng (grilled young jackfruit in rice paper)
4a. Canh chua cá bông lau (sweet & sour soup with catfish)
4b. Canh chua chay (vegetarian sweet and sour soup)
5.   Mít nướng cơm dừa (grilled ripe jackfruit with grated coconut)



  1. What a delicious meal! The ca kho to (caramelized catfish) smelled so yummy and was my favorite dish as a kid – I almost wished I hadn’t turned vegan 😉 But the mit non nuong (grilled young jackfruit) was so delicious and impressive, since few chefs can cook vegan well! Thanks, Oanh, for preparing so many wonderful vegan dishes to satisfy my Vietnamese food cravings!

    • Thanks, Alicia, for your kind words. I am glad you enjoyed the meal. Cooking vegan food is definitely fun. I will work on more vegan dishes soon and will need you to be my food critic :)

  2. rice cooked in coconut juice cooked in a coconut – that looks divine!!

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