Vietnamese dinner: West side (Hillsboro)

  • April 6, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Vietnamese cuisine features a combination of five fundamental taste elements (Vietnamese: ngũ vị) in the overall meal: spicy (metal), sour (wood), bitter (fire), salty (water) and sweet (Earth). Each Vietnamese dish has a distinctive flavor which reflects one or more of these elements. Common ingredients include fish sauceshrimp pastesoy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. Vietnamese recipes utilize lemongrassgingermintVietnamese mintlong corianderSaigon cinnamonbird's eye chililime and basil leaves. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, and reliance on herbs and vegetables. With the balance between fresh herbs and meats and a selective use of spices to reach a fine taste, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide.

A typical meal for the average Vietnamese family would include:

  • Large bowl/pot/cooker of steamed white rice
  • Fish/seafood, meat, tofu (grilled, boiled, steamed, stewed or stir-fried with vegetables)
  • stir-fry dish
  • Raw, pickled, steamed, or fresh vegetables
  • Canh (a clear broth with vegetables and often meat or seafood) or other soup
  • Prepared fish sauce for dipping, to which garlic, pepper, chili, ginger or lime juice are sometimes added according to taste.
  • Dipping sauces and condiments depending on the main dishes, such as pure fish sauce, ginger fish sauce, tamarind fish sauce, soy sauce, muối tiêu chanh (salt and pepper with lime juice) or muối ớt (chilli and salt).
  • Small dish of relishes, such as salted eggplant, pickled white cabbage, pickled papaya, pickled garlic or pickled bean sprouts
  • Fresh fruits or desserts, such as chè

 

 

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  • Gretchen

    terrific variety of food and flavors, lovely setting, outstanding hospitality (Thanks, Jim and Janice!), high spirited conversations, great way to spend the evening!

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was looking forward to a new experience, but I can't make it this time. Have a great dinner!

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was looking forward to a new experience, but I can't make it this time. Have a great dinner!

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got a cold so I won't be able to come this time. Thanks!

    April 5, 2013

  • Gretchen

    The sour tamarind soup that I plan to bring will have shrimp/prawns, fish, vegetables & fruit.

    March 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Gretchen, got ur vm but I am out of town with all day travel Friday. Sorry cant help you with your question.

      April 4, 2013

  • Jim E.

    I will provide white rice for everyone also.

    April 3, 2013

  • Jim E.

    Feel free to call if you want info or directions.
    Jim [masked]

    April 3, 2013

  • Jim E.

    Hi everyone. Janice and I are looking forwad to this Saturday evening and sharing a great meal. Our development is not the typical Portland square block of streets so let me give you the best directions. Take the Sunset Highway (Hwy 26) west toward the coast and get off at exit 62b (Cornelius Pass North). At the second light (.4 miles) go right onto Rock Creek Blvd. Turn left onto Pondosa Dr (.3 miles and across from Lenox School) after. Then take the second left (Mikalo CT) and we are the tan ranch on the far end of the court. Due to the total lack of sea bass in the market, I will prepare an eggplant with black bean dish.

    April 3, 2013

  • Michael B.

    I've decided to bring Vietnamese Chicken with Chilies and Lemon Grass.

    March 31, 2013

  • Vanessa

    Too far away for me

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will probably make salad rolls

    March 22, 2013

  • Jim E.

    I plan to prepare Broiled Bass with Ginger Sauce.....

    March 22, 2013

  • Jim E.

    Hi everyone, Janice and I will host the April 6th Vietnamese dinner at our house. I want to limit it to 18 people so we can all have a seat. I found this website for recipies and there are many others out there also. http://www.saigoncooking.com/vi...­
    Please post what you will bring so we can have lots of variety.
    Jim and Janice

    March 22, 2013

  • Gretchen

    To reconfirm: I would like to bring a sour tamarind soup. Happily, Jim's house is close enough that I won't be a menace driving too slow in traffic.

    March 22, 2013

  • Jennifer

    We have two hosts for this dinner. I will post each individually. One will be held on the West side (Hillsboro) in April and one on the Eastside in Portland in May. Please choose one or the other.

    March 18, 2013

  • Sydney R.

    I don't mean to avoid making a choice but any Saturday works and I don't know what other conflicting things others might have. How about 5/11 and I'm open to change it if need be.

    March 18, 2013

  • Sydney R.

    May si fine and completely open - let me know.

    1 · March 18, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Just let me know what date in May.

      March 18, 2013

    • Linda L.

      ooh thx Sydney, thx for doing that to keep potlucks spaced apart instead of all bunched together! :)

      March 18, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Ok can I post it?

    March 18, 2013

  • Sydney R.

    I can probably host it if I'm around - I'm traveling a lot between now and May 1st. (SE Portland off Milwaukee between Powell and Holgate.)

    March 15, 2013

    • Linda L.

      4/6 is pretty close to my potluck on 4/13. maybe you could space it 2 weeks from other potlucks?

      March 18, 2013

    • Linda L.

      may be you could do it after may 1 since you are traveling a lot. :)

      March 18, 2013

  • Linda L.

    I can bring a green papaya Salas, if I CA remember how TJ make it and if it's on a day I can make it thetr

    March 15, 2013

  • Gretchen

    I would like to bring a sour tamarind soup.

    March 15, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Is anyone willing to host this event or any other event?

    March 15, 2013

  • Sydney R.

    Looking forward to it!

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I spent a month in Vietnam and LOVE the food. Can't wait!

    February 24, 2013

  • Gretchen

    A few days ago I shared a late family style lunch at Quan Linh Vietnamese Restaurant (no Pho) (S.E. Harrison off 82nd) with a large table of friends. We had an outstanding culinary experience. Our I.G.D. recent Ethiopian dinner was terrific. I'm sure that we would learn a lot preparing and sharing a Vietnamese meal.

    January 22, 2013

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