BTT ~ All Things Vietnamese

There are certain types of books that I more or less assume all readers read. (Novels, for example.)

But then there are books that only YOU read. Instructional manuals for fly-fishing. How-to books for spinning yarn. How to cook the perfect souffle. Rebuilding car engines in three easy steps. Dog training for dummies. Rewiring your house without electrocuting yourself. Tips on how to build a NASCAR course in your backyard. Stuff like that.

What niche books do YOU read?

As many of you may know, my youngest, Maggie, is half-Vietnamese.  Now, in my honest opinion, it should be her dad teaching her all things Vietnamese.  However, that’s not often the case.  And the distance between him and us also makes it a bit more difficult for him to impart his cultural wisdom to her.  So I read what I can, then pass it along.

Some of the Vietnam-related books I have are cookbooks, with stains on several pages… Pho Bo gets made a lot, as does Mung Bean soup.  I also have a Kinh Tanh (Vietnamese Bible), and an English-Vietnamese dictionatry.  I’ve read The Boat by Nam Le and also interviewed him.  And I’m always on the lookout for Vietnamese kids books and folklore books.

That’s our little niche, what’s yours?


Edited to add this vid clip. I felt so incomplete leaving this post without any media. For the most part, the recipe in this video is how I make Pho Bo, except I don’t use meatballs, nor have I ever ate anyone else’s soup that did. What we always do is slice a nice cut of beef paper thin, put the raw beef strips on the top of the noodles and everthing else, and when you pour the hot broth over it, the beef cooks. Very nice that way. Interesting point, btw, I char the ginger on my electric stove’s coils… so ghetto, I know, but it’s the only way I can do it.



16 Responses

  1. Vietnamese cuisine is great. I’ve seen some food shows featuring Vietnamese cooking.

    I do own a couple of cookbooks but I don’t like cooking, I hardly ever refer to them. It’s more like cook whatever is easy and get out of the kitchen 🙂

    But I LOVE watching cookery shows 🙂

  2. I like this! I am not much of cook but I like to read about cooking!

    Great video!

    Booking through niche

  3. We have a lot of cookbooks of various cuisines at home too. Though most of the Filipino recipes get passed down, my mom still has plenty of cookbooks of that. I haven’t even tried half of the recipes there! 😀

  4. I love Vietnamese food, but my recent food crush has been Indian. I have a great new Indian cookbook that I love to flick through.

  5. I love Vietnamese food! Can’t cook it myself though. It is great that you are making sure your daughter understands her Vietnamese heritage too!

  6. Great video, I really like Vietnamese food.

  7. That’s interesting! I’d love to read anything about other cultures, especially when it comes to food that is, LOL.

  8. I love that you are encouraging your daughter to embrace the Vietnamese half of her lineage! I’ve only had Vietnamese food once, but I’d be willing to try again, thanks for that video. =)

  9. I think it’s wonderful that you are doing this for your daughter. And of course, for yourself as well. 🙂

  10. I think it’s wonderful that you’re embracing your daughter’s heritage since her father’s not doing it.

  11. Such a great idea! Here are mine: (1) and (2)

  12. Our little niche is that my husband is totally insane. So he watches sports on tv constantly, but during the commercials he works on calculus or string theory. First of all, everyone knows the commercials are the best part of sports broadcasts. And secondly, well, need I even expatiate?

  13. I’m so enjoying looking at all the responses to this question.

  14. I’d love to try cooking cuisines from different cultures, but my hubby is a meat and potatoes man. Wasted on him. I think it really great encouraging your daughter and teaching her all about her culture.

  15. Interesting post! My husband has a really good Vietnamese friend living in the US. Is your husband Vietnamese???

    I’m afraid I know very little about them coming from movies like “Good morning, Vietnam” and “Heaven And Earth” (one of my favourite soundtracks!).

    I love their paper-thin spring rolls and swear nobody can make beef noodles like they can (not even the Taiwanese LOL)

    By the way, I recall reading a book about a young Vietnamese girl called “Sing to the Dawn”. Look out for it for your little girl 🙂

  16. I don’t know that I’ve ever had Vietnamese food! Thanks for posting that video …

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