The name of this website refers to Limnophila aromatic, an aromatic plant commonly found in flooded rice fields, so the English common name is rice paddy herb. We love this herb for its distinctive floral flavor and its versatility: its bright sweet flavor is a great addition to phở (beef noodle soup) as well as soups featuring fish and yams. We have also found out through experimentation that it works very well in desserts.
Even though it is found throughout Southeast Asia, it is only prominently used in Vietnamese cuisine, probably because of our love affair with fresh herbs. Large plates of fresh, raw vegetables and herbs are quintessentially Vietnamese edible centerpieces. Yet, this distinctive element is often overlooked in restaurants seeking to introduce Vietnamese cuisine to a wider audience. Through this website, we intend to share our adventures in cooking while shedding light on other distinctive but similarly overlooked aspects of Vietnamese cuisine.