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How to make bubble coffee in a simple way.

Making your own a cup of coffee is vey entertaining, but you don’t have a expensive modern coffee maker. It’s not a big deal. You can creat good coffee in 10 minutes with this instruction.

What is bubble coffee? I love coffee very much, but sometimes it’s boring to drink the same coffee everyday. One day, I made an ice Americano, I wonder ” why don’t we combine Americano with Vietnamese traditional coffee? ” So in a word, this is a combination of both.

What do we need?

– a coffee filter or a coffee maker.

– a shaker

– Ice

– Condensed milk or fresh milk

Method:

– Make a good cup of Espresso with your filter or your coffee maker. And wait until it’s cool down.

– Pour the milk into a glass ( amount depends on your tastle)

– Put that coffee into the shaker together with ice.

– Shake it strongly until you see a thin layer of ice on your shaker.

– Pour everything into your glass containing milk.

Now you see a lot of bubble on the top of the glass. It’s awesome right? Now please use a spoon to stir the milk. It will make the milk whirl to the top. And it’s truly beautiful.

This coffee will pick you up quickly. Its refreshing and illuminating.

Coffee story in Vietnam

When you come to Vietnam, one of the most impressive things is its coffee, which can be found at any corner in this country with a very reasonable price; moreover, its quality will surprise you.

Coffee was brought to Vietnam by a french priest in 1857 and at that time it was the drink for french officials. Later the rich Vietnamese started drinking it, since then it has become the most popular drink here.

Vietnamese mostly drink coffee in the Morning and believe coffee will bring them a nice balance. Lots of Vietnamese also drink it before their breakfast as they reckon coffee will help them with digestion and clean their stomach. Don’t be surprised when you see coffee shops open very early in some cases at 3.00 am.

Recently Vietnam has welcomed many international coffee brands like Starbucks, Gloria Jean’s, but they don’t do well here. Low revenue has force their closure. Why can they not succeed in Vietnam? The answer is their extravagancy and people’s habbit. Vietnamese love strong coffee. According to a research, a cup of Vietnamese coffee has around 200 mg cafein while a cup of Starbucks has about 100 mg. Vietnamese think Starbucks coffee isn’t  enough for them since they has drunk strong coffee for a very long time. So what makes Vietnamese coffee stronger? It is their beans. They use more Robusta than Arabica. Vietnam takes 40% of Robusta production of the world. This bean here is much cheaper than Arabica which is said to be more fragrant but less strong. You can imagine you has drank this type of coffee since you were young and now you get old, how can you quit this habbit?  The price of Vietnamese coffee is also amazing. It costs just 1 dollar for a cup of good one while with other international brands it can cost 5 dollars, What a good deal!

In Vietnam they just drink 2 kinds of coffee: one called ” black coffee” and the other called ” brown coffee”.  Black coffe is just coffee served with ice or without ice. Brown coffee is the coffee mixed with condensed milk. Those coffee are often made by a stainless filter.  In the Morning, it is so cool to watch the coffee dripping from the filters drop by drop. So don’t miss a chance to try it when you are in Vietnam.

How to cook fried tofu with lemongrass

Tofu is a very popular ingredient in Vietnam.  It is made from soya beans through its fermentation and precipitation. For many thousand years, Vietnamese have used it in their meals and elevated it into several dishes. Today there are more and more vegetarians, or people who want to avoid red meat due to its bad effect on health, tofu becomes a great replacemet for beef or pork. Cooking tofu is not difficult but cooking it properly is another story. With this recipe and instruction, you will be able to cook it in the best way.

First, we should choose good pieces of tofu. A good piece of tofu always contains lots of soya rather than other substances. So we just smell, the fragrance of soya coming to our nose will define a good or bad tofu.

Ingredient:

  • Tofu: 400 gram
  • Vegetable oil: 300 ml
  • Lemongrass
  • Salt
  • Napkins

Method:

  1. Chop about 10 stems of lemongrass ang put it into a clean bowl
  2. Cut the tofu into small squares.
  3. Heat the pan and pour 300 ml of oil, wait until its hot enough ( dip the chopsticks down to the oil till you see the bubbles)
  4. Put the tofu into the hot oil, remember the oil should fullt cover the tofu.
  5. Wait until the tofu turns yellow, touch the chopsticks onto it to see if they are crispy enough, then pick them all up, put them on the napkins. The oil will be absorbed quicky.
  6. Heat another pan then put 3 spoons of the new oil.
  7. Pour all the lemongrass into the oil with 1 spoon of salt, then put all the tofu into it.
  8. Shake the pan until the lemongrass turns dark yellow.

This dish is best eaten with steamed rice.

How to cook Vietnamese fried rice with seafood

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cold cooked rice (preferably 1 day old)
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (onion can be used instead of garlic)
  • 2 cups  chopped seafood :
    -medium raw shrimp – deveined and shelled cut into bite sized pieces
    -crabmeat drain all the water from the can of crab meat
    -squid, cut into bite sized pieces…
  • 2-3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup diced mixed vegetables( mushrooms,peas, carrot,…)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. fish sauce (or soy sauce )
  • 3 stalks green onions, sliced

Preparation Method

1. Bring a pot of water to boil, poach shrimps, squid, peas, carrots and mushroom… Set aside.

2. Heat up a wok with some oil, add in garlic and stir until fragrant.Add in egg and stir-fry quickly to scramble.

3. Add the rice – breaking up as any lumps. Let the rice heat up in the wok.

4. Add vegetables and seafood.

5. Stir-fry until all is hot. Add fish sauce/ soy, salt & pepper.

6. Stir fry until all ingredients are combined and steaming hot. Sprinkle chopped scallions on. Served with slices of tomato, cucumber and soy sauce

How to cook Vietnamese fried rice with egg

Vietnamese Fried Rice Recipe (Cơm Chiên Trứng) is never something I intend to make, but it’s something I’ll cook for myself when I’m home, my wife and kids are away, and there’s not a whole lot in the refrigerator. Fried rice is best made with day-old rice, so it’s essentially glorified leftovers. Scrambling the egg in the wok or sauté pan first helps prevent the rice from sticking to the pan. And while every Chinese restaurant in America seems to add frozen peas and carrot chunks to fried rice with abandon, I like to use real vegetables: shredded leafy greens, tiny steamed broccoli florets, or inch-long pieces of green bean. You can add a little shrimp or some leftover roast pork. In other words, Vietnamese Fried Rice Recipe (Cơm Chiên Trứng) can be made with almost anything. The only essential ingredients are rice, egg, and scallion. This Vietnamese Recipe is best eaten out of a bowl, beer in hand, after a long day.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 6 ounces shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cut into small pieces
  • 4 cups cooked long-grain white rice, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups finely shredded leafy greens (such as bok choy, Swiss chard, or spinach)
  • 2 teaspoons Golden Mountain seasoning sauce or light soy sauce, plus more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Fish sauce
  • ¾ cup sliced scallions, white and light green parts only

Method

1,Heat a wok over high heat; the metal will have a matte appearance and a drop or two of water flicked onto its surface should evaporate on contact. Add the oil and heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute, until pink. Using a spider or a slotted spoon, transfer to a small bowl and and set aside. Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of the oil from the pan into a small heatproof bowl and set the bowl aside.
2,In a bowl, stir together the rice, salt, sugar, and black pepper, breaking up any clumps and mixing well to combine.
3,Return the wok to high heat and heat the oil until it is shimmering. Crack the eggs into the pan. With the back of a spoon or spatula, immediately scramble the egg, smearing and spreading it around to coat as much of the bottom of the wok as possible. When the egg is no longer wet but has not yet begun to brown, add the rice and toss to combine. Continue stir-frying until the rice is heated through, about 3 minutes.
4,Add the greens and cook, stirring, just until wilted. Add the cooked shrimp and toss to mix well. Add the seasoning sauce and fish sauce and mix well. Season to taste with additional soy and fish sauce. Remove from the heat and stir in the scallions. Transfer to a warmed platter and serve immediately.
Source: Vietnamesefoody.com