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If your New Year's resolution involved being more adventurous in the kitchen, hold on to your toques - Charles Phan is opening up his highly anticipated first cookbook, "Vietnamese Home Cooking," for you courageous, budding culinarians.
Phan is the acclaimed chef and owner of The Slanted Door, a modern Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco, California.
"These dishes all have memories for me and my family and have become favorites for one reason or another. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different cuisines at home, these are all very easy to make, " Phan said. "Go a step further with our wine or cocktail suggestions and everyone will think you’re a professional and might not want to leave."
Five Vietnamese Recipes to Try At Home: Charles Phan
Editor's Note: The wine pairings are by Chaylee Priete, the Wine Director of The Slanted Door Group. And, the cocktail suggestions are by Erik Adkins, the Bar Director of The Slanted Door Group.
1. Fried wontons with spicy sauce
Wine pairing suggestion: Jakoby Pur 2010 Riesling Kabinett (Mosel, Germany)
Cocktail suggestion: French 75 (Cognac or gin, lemon, sugar and sparkling wine)
2. Spring rolls
Wine pairing suggestion: Dr. Nagler Sekt Brut NV (Rheingau, Germany)
Cocktail suggestion: Bumble Bee (Jamaican rum, lime, honey, egg white)
3. Shrimp and sweet potato fritters
Wine pairing suggestion: Wind Gap Pinot Gris 2010 (Sonoma, California)
Cocktail suggestion: Hotel Nacional Special
4. Hue dumplings
Wine pairing suggestion: Bermejos Malvasia Seco 2011 (Canary Islands, Spain)
Cocktail suggestion: Blanc and Blue Martini
5. Mama's meatballs
Wine pairing suggestion: Leitz 2010 Rüdesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Riesling Spätlese (Rheingau, Germany)
Cocktail suggestion: Carter Beats the Devil (Reposado tequila, mezcal, lime, agave, bird’s eye chili tincture)
Hoi An Wontons with Spicy Tomato Sauce
For the tomato sauce
For the wontons
Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls
Shrimp and Sweet Potato Fritters
Flavored Fish Sauce
Hue Rice Dumplings
For the filling
For the dough
For the flavored soy sauce
For the sauce
For the meatballs
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