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Hi everyone,<br><br><br><br>
Can anyone suggest some really delicious and authentic Vietnamese veggie recipes? I'd be especially interested in eggplant, pepper, summer squash/zucchini, and/or bean recipes. (Thing is, the new guy in my life is Vietnamese-American, and although he was raised nominally Buddhist, he's never thought about vegetarianism before.) I am looking for great romantic recipes, with lots of flavor and color.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for your thoughts,<br><br><br><br>
BeanLady
 

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The great thing about Vietnamese food is it's colorful by nature. They use so many vegetables, that it's easy to be colorful. The only problem is so much Vietnamese food relies on fish sauce and/or oyster sauce for flavoring.<br><br><br><br>
My husband is Vietnamese-American and I'm still trying to figure out what to make for him that's veg. If he has a craving, he usually just makes it himself, we go over to his mom's house, or we go to a Vietnamese restaurant. I'd make food for him, but he's been very resistant to trying any of his favorite foods with a vegetarian twist to them.<br><br><br><br>
A couple of things I can suggest though is pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) and spring rolls. For the pho I would start out making a vegetable broth with carrot, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves, peppercorns, salt or soy sauce to taste, and water. I would cook this for at least an hour, a few hours if you have it. Then I would cut up the veggies of your choice (squash, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, pea pods, bell peppers, etc) and tofu into bite size chunks. Before serving, I would cook some pho noodles or pad thai noodles (they're made from rice) by boiling some water and pouring it over the noodles and allowing them to get soft. Then I would put the cooked noodles, veggies, and tofu into large soup bowls. Ladle out the hot broth and pour over the noodle mixture (making sure not to include any of the whole spices). Serve with plenty of chile paste, soy sauce, bean sprouts, cilantro and/or mint.<br><br><br><br>
For the spring rolls, you would buy the rice wrappers (they're egg-free). I would grate or finely shred cabbage, carrot, cucumber, bell pepper, beets, or whatever you like. You can add thinly sliced tofu (marinated, baked varieties would work best) if you like. Cilantro or mint leaves are good to add, too. Dip the rice wrappers in very warm water to soften, then put some of the filling onto the wrapper and roll up like an egg roll. You don't even have to fry them. Serve with a sauce made of hoisin sauce, some peanut butter, and a little chile paste.<br><br><br><br>
Basically, I would ask your bf for ideas and then come up with vegetarian substitutions for anything that isn't veg. You can find a lot of Vietnamese recipes on the net, too, and I would just substitute accordingly. I know the Vegetarian Resource Group had an article in one of the magazine issues a couple of years ago with Vietnamese recipes in it. You might be able to find it at <a href="http:">www.vrg.org[url</a>...the recipes.<br><br><br><br> Hope this helps!
 

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Here is a site with some Vietnamese vegetarian recipes <a href="http://asiarecipe.com/vieveg.html" target="_blank">http://asiarecipe.com/vieveg.html</a>. Well, some of the recipes aren't completely vegetarian but they can be converted.<br><br><br><br>
Here are a few Vietnamese recipes I make<br><br><br><br><a href="http://home.earthlink.net/~kyosan/BlackEyedPeaSweetSoup.htm" target="_blank">Black Eyed Pea Sweet Soup</a><br><br><br><br>
I'm sure the following one would really impress him because pho is a Vietnamese favorite. It's usually made with beef but I'm using gluten instead.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://home.earthlink.net/~kyosan/VietnameseNoodleSoup.htm" target="_blank">VietnameseNoodleSoup</a><br><br><br><br>
The following is a traditional Buddhist vegetarian dish in Vietnam. There are variations of this using coconut.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://home.earthlink.net/~kyosan/GlutinousRiceWithPeanuts.html" target="_blank">Glutinous Rice with Boiled Peanuts</a><br><br><br><br>
The following is a dish given to me by a Vietnamese Buddhist monk. He just gave me the basic ingredients and I came up with the proportions.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://home.earthlink.net/~kyosan/TofuPineappleSoup.htm" target="_blank">Tofu Pineapple Soup</a><br><br><br><br>
The following isn't Vietnamese it's Chinese, but it's a great recipe so I included it.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://home.earthlink.net/~kyosan/BuddhistTofuSoup.htm" target="_blank">Buddhist Tofu Soup</a><br><br><br><br>
Another thing you might try is making guanabana shake. I don't have a recipe but imagine one could be found on the Internet. It's made from guanabana (soursop) and has a wonderful taste.
 

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I'm not 100% sure that this is Vietnamese but it's definitely yummy -- I made it the other night. Stir-Fried Tofu and Shiitake Mushrooms In Spicy Black Bean Sauce: <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/run/recipe/view?id=107857." target="_blank">http://www.epicurious.com/run/recipe/view?id=107857.</a><br><br><br><br>
It uses dried mushrooms to replace ground pork -- you could probably use that substitution in a lot of recipes.<br><br><br><br>
<edited because I misspelled shiitake with one i and it thought i'd used a dirty word>
 

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That's a vegetarian version of Ma Po Tofu which is a Chinese dish. But, my wife (a Vietnamese) and most Vietnamese I know like Chinese food and food from other Asian countries. Thai food is closely related to Vietnamese food.
 

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I'll try all your suggestions -- tofu/pineapple soup does sound especially wonderful. I figure, you could serve it cold, with a glass of champagne. . . by candlelight, etc., etc. . . <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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one tip that has worked well for me in my thai recipes is to replace the fish sauce with a blend of marmite or vegemite in water. not very much, maybe 2 tsp per cup of water. it really duplicates the richness of fish/oyster sauce well, and isn't too funky!
 

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Hi BeanLady.<br><br><br><br>
I apologize for my recipes not being very colorful or romatic. Tropical Fruit is definately Vietnamese so you might also make a fruit salad with things like: mango, papaya, jack fruit, bananas, oranges, fuyu persimmons and lichees (or longans).<br><br><br><br>
I don't know where you live but where I live (in the Southwest US) good quality papayas are hard to find (they aren't good unless they are picked ripe). Fresh jack fruit and lichees may be hard to find but these fruits are also good from the can. Sometimes they are in a overly sweet syrup so you might want to rinse them off. I doubt you would wan't to buy a whole jackfruit because they are very large.
 
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