Global Cuisine goes to SE Asia in April

Vietnamese Potluck April 5! Sweet and Sour Chicken soup flavored with a bit of lime and sesame oil will start off our potluck next week with an unusual, refreshing flavor. Participants who come early (4 p.m.) will learn just how to make this special soup (and more) in St. Margaret’s kitchen.

The potluck starts at 6 and any dish is welcome though the theme will be Vietnamese favorites. Recipes for eight of the best dishes taught at the cooking schools in Hanoi and Hoi An, Vietnam, where Nan Cobbey studied in January (see picture, below) are now in the folder on the Time and Talent Table.

Help yourself to any of them: Caramel Pork (sweet, spicy and cooked in a heated clay pot), Chicken with Basil Leaves (calls for LOTS of basil leaves and oyster sauce), Green Curry with Chicken and Coconut Milk (easy, tasty, and quick), the Sweet and Sour Chicken Soup (delicious), Pad Thai Fried Noodles (an easy-to-follow recipe for everyone’s favorite Asian dish which can be made with tofu, chicken, pork or shrimp), Pineapple Fried Rice with Cashew Nuts (guaranteed to become a family favorite), Crab and Pomelo Salad (substitute a large grapefruit for this wonderful salad), Green Papaya Salad (a must try!).

Nan notes that she will have a slide show and videos running in the background for the whole dinner. Her video includes footage of cooking class demonstrations, a boat trip on Halong Bay, a half dozen market visits, a harrowing ride on a tuk tuk and more and hundreds of pictures that will all stream by as the group is eating dinner. Nan has put it together herself, and says it’s “really neat, even has music accompaniment!” It’s definitely a “don’t miss” event!

The cooking class will begin promptly at 4 p.m. for anyone who wants to learn to make the chicken soup and the Green Papaya Salad. Come join us. Everyone is welcome at the supper at 6, cooks and non cooks. Non cooks can bring a loaf of bread or ice cream or something else or they can help us clean up. Invite a few friends. The menu will be great.