So, this is a little unusual for me. As you probably know by now, I’m not really a blogger. I love to use this space to put up recipes and share my videos with you, but rarely do my recipe posts go into general detail.
Lately I’ve been asked for lots of advice regarding throwing a dinner party. I KNOW, prepping a meal for your friends and keeping your place tidy for when they arrive (aka avoiding the cooking tornado) is a difficult task. Which is why I’ve decided that this post is going to be a little bit lengthy, detailed and include multiple recipes.
One of my closest friends, Phi, happens to be an amazing cook. Her family is from Vietnam and her Vietnamese food is some of the very best. Every year she has a giant pho party, and an invitation to her pho fest is highly coveted. So, when I decided that I wanted to make this post a little bit different I figured, let’s also throw in some recipes that are different! This is a longwinded way of saying that these recipes are the brain child of Phi and her family as seen through my eyes. I can’t take credit for making them, but I can take credit for sharing them with you.
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE MENU. My goal was to put something together that’s relatively easy but will turn out beautifully, while also keeping in mind that you’d prefer to not have to deal with a crazy kitchen mess.
Before going any further I’m just gonna say that a big part of making a dish look beautiful is picking the right platters to serve it on. For this meal everything is served in (or on) a rad piece from Hawkins NY. I’m obsessed with this store and I befriended the people that run the LA location. Oh yes, back to food.
Boozy + Bubbly Ginger Limeade
Goi Ga (crisp cabbage and chicken salad)
Nước Chấm (fish sauce for dressing and spring roll dipping)
Sea Bass Vietnamese Spring Rolls