Luke Nguyen's Vietnamese Recipes

Luke Nguyen's love of Vietnam runs deep, and his passion for cooking and Vietnam's diverse cuisine is something he'd like to share with everyone. Join him as he explores the beautiful country and their deep food traditions.

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Salt and Pepper Tiger Prawns

This very simple dish is best cooked on a beach and served with a cold beer. Don't overcook your prawns, and leave the shell on while cooking. You can remove it after, but it will add flavor and crispness to the dish.

Get the Recipe: Salt and Pepper Tiger Prawns: Tom Rang Muoi

Soft Rice Paper Rolls With Prawns and Pork

"As soon as I could walk, my mother taught me how to roll a Vietnamese soft rice paper roll," Luke said. They're very fresh, really colorful and truly good for you.

Get the Recipe: Soft Rice Paper Rolls with Prawns and Pork: Goi Cuon

Chicken Slow Braised in Green Peppercorns and Coconut Juice

Vietnam is known for its free-range chickens. Phu Cuoc, the largest island in Vietnam, is also famous for its pepper plantations. Luke combines the two in this sweet and spicy dish.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Slow Braised in Green Peppercorns and Coconut Juice

Pork Spare Ribs Slow Braised in Medicinal Broth

Luke advises letting the clay pot sit in water overnight so it doesn't crack in the high heat. After cooking for three hours in an aromatic medicinal broth, the pork becomes super tender.

Get the Recipe: Pork Spare Ribs Slow Braised In Medicinal Broth: Suong Non Tiem Thuoc Bac

Beef Tossed With Wild Betel Leaf and Lemongrass

When you stir-fry, make sure the pan is very hot, and that the cooking process is fast and furious. Betel leaf is very medicinal, with vitamins, minerals and essential oils.

Get the Recipe: Beef Tossed with Wild Betel Leaf and Lemongrass: Bo Xao La Lot

Razor Clam Salad

Be generous with your herbs in this flavorful and easy salad. And don't overcook your clams. Have an ice bath ready for when you remove them from the heat.

Get the Recipe: Razor Clam Salad: Goi So Mong Tay

Sweet Corn Pudding

The natural juices of the white corn act as the thickener in this dish. Luke prefers eating it as a snack between meals.

Get the Recipe: Sweet Corn Pudding: Che Bap

Char-Grilled Pork Neck With Vermicelli Noodles

Barbecue grilling plays a large role in Vietnamese cooking. Luke uses a simple marinade on pork neck with great results. The final dish is a little bit salty, a little bit sweet.

Get the Recipe: Char Grilled Pork Neck with Vermicelli Noodles: Bun Thit Nuong

Green Papaya Salad With Prawn and Pork

This vibrant, fresh salad is full of color and texture. Between the roasted peanuts, crisp papaya, chiles, pork belly and prawns, every bite has a variety of textures.

Get the Recipe: Green Papaya Salad with Prawn and Pork: Goi Du Du Tom Thit

Prawns Stir-Fried With Pork Belly and Spring Onions

This is Luke's comfort food. In season 1, he prepared it on a boat while traveling down the Mekong River.

Get the Recipe: Mekong School Prawns Stir Fried with Pork Belly and Spring Onions: Tep Rang Ba Roi