Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Deciding on the Dishes for a Vietnamese Dinner

Well...I'm up to my usual tricks, improvising and ad libbing instead of just following a set recipe. But looking over all these Vietnamese recipes, it's pretty clear that most dishes are made from the same basic group of a couple dozen ingredients, which are combined and prepared in various ways. So, here's what I'm thinking for my Scent of Green Papaya Dinner:

Appetizer: Vietnamese Rice Paper Spring Rolls with Shrimp

Soup: Lemongrass Broth with Seafood Dumplings

Salad: Watercress and Green Papaya Salad with Cellophane Noodles and Hanoi Fried Yellow Fish Nuggets

Main Course: Clay Pot Pork Loin with Papaya, Mint & Green Chili Relish, Stir-Fried Spring Vegetables and Garlic-Ginger Rice

Dessert: Papaya-Ginger and Mint Tea Sorbet with Ripe Papaya Slices and Fresh Mint Garnish