If you grew up in Vietnam like I did you would probably remember all the wonderful snacks that we eat at breakfast before heading to school.  A lot of them involve sticky rice, one of which that is very memorable to me is Xôi Bắp Nhão.  It was served wrapped in banana leaves, and the “spoon” was the hard part of a Pandan leaf.

The words “Xôi Bắp” mean corn sticky rice, and the word “Nhão” can roughly be translated as “mushy” (sorry my Vietnamese isn’t great and my English isn’t good either!).  So after searching online for awhile I found no translation for this snack item, so I’m going to call it “Mushy” Corn Sticky Rice… LOL.  If you guys have a better name for it please feel free to let me know!

Normally this snack takes awhile to make and you have to babysit the stove to make sure the bottom doesn’t scorched.  With using the Instant Pot, it’s super easy.  NO SOAKING AHEAD OF TIME IS NEEDED!  Today I literally put all ingredients into the IP and went for a bike ride around the neighborhood.  When I came back the IP was already at full NPR.  It cannot get any easier.  I hope you guys will give this recipe a try!

Recipe: Xôi Bắp Nhão Instant Pot (Vietnamese “Mushy” Corn Sticky Rice)


Wow… my first blog post in ages!  The 2nd half of 2019 was a bit of a blur for me as we went through a complete kitchen renovation.  It was so painful but the end result was well worth it.  Stay tuned for photos of my new kitchen which I love so much that I’ve been cooking up a storm since December!

Happy Lunar New Year to those who are celebrating!  I wish you all a properous Year of the Rat with good health and much happiness.  In our Vietnamese culture Tết (Lunar New Year) is the biggest holiday of the year.  I tell my non-Vietnamese friends that Tết is the equivalent of Christmas celebration in the US.  There are a few traditional dishes that Vietnamese people prepare for the new year.  These dishes can be enjoyed year round but due to the high cost for the ingredients and the time it takes to make, Vietnamese people tend to save them for Tết.  I remember vividly that Mom and Grandma would stay up late to cook the Caramelized Pork and Stuffed Bitter Mellon.  Days before Tết they would start the process of pickling Mustard Greens and Bean Sprouts.  These dishes were used as offerings for our ancestors which my Mom still do so here in the US.  Here are links to the traditional dishes cooked via the Instant Pot to save you some time:

Thit Kho Tau IP (Caramelized Pork and Eggs)
I have Thit Kho Tau  for quite awhile on the blog.  It’s 1 of the most popular recipes on here beside Pho Bo.  This year I decided to add large/tiger shrimps to add another layer of flavor.  The amended the recipe to include directions for adding optional items such as shrimps and fried tofu.
Thịt Kho Tàu Instant Pot (Vietnamese Caramelized Pork and Eggs)

Kho Qua Ham IP (Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup)

Khổ Qua Hầm Giò Sống Instant Pot (Pork Paste Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup)Khổ Qua Hầm Giò Sống Instant Pot (Pork Paste Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup)

Dua Chua (Pickled Mustard Greens)

Pickled Mustard Greens (Dưa Cải Chua)

Dua Gia (Pickled Bean Spouts)

Pickled Bean Sprouts (Dưa Giá)



We recently moved out of the house that I planted so many lemongrass bushes.  Those lemongrass plants are still thriving so the new tenant asked me how they should cook it?  Lemongrass chicken came to mind as it’s the easiest way to cook/use lemongrass.  I brought over to them Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken made with the IP for dinner one night and they loved it!

I’m sharing this same IP Lemongrass Chicken recipe and hope you will like it too!  Previously, I added a Lemongrass Chicken recipe but it was non-IP and I used chicken breast instead of drumsticks.  My preference is bone-in chicken for this dish.  The coco rico sauce is thick and addictive.  The downside to this dish is that you’ll consume so much rice!

Recipe: Đùi Gà Kho Xả Instant Pot (Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken)



It has been awhile since I post a new recipe to the site.  We have had quite a busy Summer so far with moving and lot of visits from our family up North. The kids are home so spend most days trying to entertain them while unpacking.

Today I want to share with you a simple Instant Pot recipe that the kids will love (at least my picky eaters did last night): Vietnamese Ginger Chicken.  This dish can be served with steam rice and raw veggies (cucumbers and tomatoes) for dipping if you like.  The sauce is fingers licking good!

Note: It’s good to use bone-in chicken for this dish.  You can also try bone-in chicken thighs.

Đùi Gà Kho Gừng Instant Pot (Vietnamese Ginger Chicken)


Similar to the last 4 menu ideas this one is also quick to prepare.

Menu #5 – Menu #5 consists of: Braised Fish IP (Ca Kho To), Stir-fried Water Spinach (Rau Muong) with Garlic, and Watercress with Ground Pork Soup.  For the Water Spinach (Rau Muong), I typically season using sea salt and mushroom seasoning (for 1 lbs of water spinach, 1/2 to 1 tsp of sea salt, and 1-2 tbsp of mushroom seasoning).


Canh Xà Lách Xoong Nấu Thịt Bằm (Vietnamese Watercress with Ground Pork Soup)

Cá Kho Instant Pot (Vietnamese Braised Fish)


Today my Mom came over to help me harvest my lemongrass.  They are so easy to grow, super low maintenance and supposedly deter snakes!  I have 7 bushes total.  We harvested almost 7 lbs on the largest bush!  Mom will mince them with her food processor and we’ll freeze for later use.  Newly harvested lemongrass is amazing!

I’m sharing with you 2 of my favorite lemongrass dishes.  Lemongrass Tofu is a very easy dish to make, great for vegetarians!  I grew up eating it since my grandma was vegetarian.  My sons also love it as well.  For the Chicken Chili Lemongrass dish, I typically use and prefer bone-in chicken such as drumsticks.  But since my husband is on a healthier diet I decided to use chicken breast this time.  Chicken breast cooks really fast which is a plus when you are on a crunch for time!  I boiled potato leaves to eat with these 2 dishes but you can use raw vegetable such as cucumber and tomato.

Links to Recipes:

Gà Xào Sả Ớt (Vietnamese Lemongrass Chili Chicken -Boneless Version)

Đậu Hũ Muối Sả (Lemongrass Tofu)



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