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Street Food Vietnam by Jerry Mai

Posted by Nigella on the 6th June 2019
Image of Jerry Mai's Beef Pho
Photo by Chris Middleton

I adore Jerry Mai’s food: I first ate it in Western Australia, when she was cooking at the great food festival, Gourmet Escape, and have since made a point of going - as much as I can - to her restaurant, Annam, in Melbourne. Her cooking is joyful, exuberant and exquisitely flavoured - and this vibrancy shines out of every page of this book. And while it is an entirely pleasurable experience as a form of armchair travelling, this is a book that’s impossible to read without littering with hopeful post-its.  I want to eat everything, but I know which recipes I am most impatient to cook. Rice paper salad with shrimp; Braised chicken in ginger; Caramelised pork belly; Chicken congee; Noodles with shredded pork and coconut cream; Coffee creme caramel: all these beckon me greedily kitchenwards. But the recipe I want to try first, and the one I’m sharing with you now, is the Beef Pho, a huge vat of it!

From Street Food Vietnam by Jerry Mai, published by Smith Street Books, 2019
Photographs by Chris Middleton

Book cover of Street Food Vietnam by Jerry Mai

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Image of Jerry Mai's Beef Pho
Photo by Chris Middleton
Beef Pho
By Jerry Mai
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