These expert tips will help you achieve the perfect balance of flavours.
16 May 2013 - 2:19 PM  UPDATED 29 Apr 2015 - 4:03 PM

Vietnamese dipping sauce

For an express dipping sauce for fresh rice paper rolls, combine hoi sin sauce with some chilli sauce and peanut butter.

Rice crackers

Cook large rice crackers in the microwave. Lay them across a take away container and cook on HIGH for approximately one minute until puffed. Use as an edible serving dish for salads.

Toasting sesame seeds

After toasting they lose flavour rapidly, so be sure to toast them as close to serving time as possible.

Frozen ingredients

Many essential ingredients of the Vietnamese kitchen can be bought or stored frozen, including finely chopped lemongrass and galangal, pandan leaves, coconut juice, whole chillies, lime and lemon juice, stocks and raw taro.

Vietnamese essentials
Utensils: Vietnamese
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Key ingredients: Vietnamese
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About Vietnamese food
Vietnamese food is one of the most varied and seductive on the planet – a delicious mix of the food of its colonial visitors and age-old native flavours and techniques. Many forces of climate, trade, history and immigration have influenced Vietnamese cuisine.