The Lunar New 12 months, known as Tet in Vietnam, begins on Feb. 1. As for what to arrange, you may contemplate thit kho trung (further particular caramelized pork) or lil banh chung (rice truffles crammed with pork, mung beans and shallots) from “The Pink Boat Fish Sauce Cookbook,” which has a chapter concerning the vacation. There are various extra satisfying however much less elaborate recipes on this ebook by the founding father of the superb Pink Boat fish sauce firm, Cuong Pham — written with a meals author and a chef — together with fast Pink Boat bacon, shrimp and inexperienced beans; broccolini with garlic sauce; and hen soup with cellophane noodles. Some dishes veer away from Vietnam, like pasta marinara, to showcase the flexibility of fish sauce. (Rooster wings for a celebration crisped with a veneer of tapioca starch might fortify throughout halftime.) There’s additionally a full-dress rundown on selfmade nuoc cham dipping sauces and a information to substances. The story of Mr. Pham, his household and his important condiment is woven all through.
“The Pink Boat Fish Sauce Cookbook” by Cuong Pham with Tien Nguyen and Diep Tran (Harvest, $25).