Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Vietnamese Veggies and Herbs

Sorry I have not been posting recipe lately.....that's because I'm on a diet preparing for my coming wedding in October. So stressful!!! Anyway...this year I have an interest in planting rare vegetables and herbs. So we built an small area in the back and planted some hard to find edibles. Actually, you can buy the veggies and herbs at the store...but of course they're not cheap anymore. I'm thinking maybe I can sell some of these rare things next year so people who want to plant them in the US can do so....and a way to support me getting more tropicals...hehehe

This is how it looks like after a month or so.




This is how they look like when I planted them in June.


Some of the seeds grew shortly after a week or two weeks in June. The yam leaves were from the supermarket. The bottom was too hard to eat so I planted them. After a month or so you can have more yam leaves to eat. Just harvested some yesterday and they were looking good.

13 comments:

Chris said...

Very impressive! I'm not Viet but have learned to appreciate them...managed to grow Viet corander(aka Laksa leaves), purple basil and mint. I love buying "la lot" ( Betel leaves?) to make wraps with. Tried to grow curry leaves..total failure. I'd love to be able to grow pandan!

ch3rri said...

LOL...talking about the pandan I think only two of them survived...the rest kinda rotten away. Hopefully I can grow them big and well since there is no fresh pandan in US.

We just ate some beef wrapped in la lot the other day. Yummmm...

My Taste Heaven said...

Congratulations on your coming wedding!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your upcoming wedding!

I really enjoy your blog particularly your journey into growing tropical fruits. I moved from NY to Fl 2 yrs ago, and when in NY I always wanted to grow tropicals. Anyway, I'm really impressed with your attempts. If I ever move back to NY I'd definitely have to buy a greenhouse.

Anyway, this is posted under the wrong section, but I wanted to know if you know any blogs or websites that show you easy ways how to cook Asian vegetarian dishes. I really enjoy Asian foods from all countries but don't really know how to cook it. If you can point me to any websites I'd appreciate.

Thanks and Good Luck with the your plants and your wedding.


Annette

Issy said...

Congratulation ch3rri if that is your real name...he-he:) Your garden looks wonderfully and I am jealous of how talented you are. If you need a photographer, check out this website www.jinsphoto@jinsphot.com,her# is 571-236-0834. and said Quang Tran (my brother) referred you to her. Her name is Jin. I also have a great cake maker but I don't know if she will go that far to PA as the baker resides in VA. She made my Wedding cake. Too bad I can't send you an attachment of a photo of the cake to you as your blogs doesn't have one to choose for an attachment.
Again, congrats and send us more photos of the happily couple.

Issy said...

Is me again. Where do find the La Lop seeds and the pandan seeds for I can't find them in the Asian store. I use grape leaves to make bo la nho instead of bo la lop. La nho has a sour taste after it has been cooked. Also, do you have a recipe for bot banh canh. I searched everywhere even on youtube but can't find it. I will try your banh bot loc after I got the potato ricer. My husband loves che banh bot loc.

ch3rri said...

Thanks everyone. It's really stressful to plan for a wedding. So far we got the restaurant, invitations (sending out the end of the month), got my dresses 3 years ago..lol. Going to the studio here in PA to take pictures 8/15. With the studio we had to get the whole package which includes studio pics, wedding day pics and video. I wish there were more choices for studio pics in PA. We are thinking to get the cake from one of the Chinatown bakery. I still have to get party favors and think of a theme. Just so much more to do and work too.:(

Anyway, back to answering all your questions.

As for the vegetarian website, I just found a chinese one with couples of dishes in it: http://jadebeauty.blogspot.com
I'll search for more since I like to eat some vegetarian food sometime.

Issy- if you go to my profile and right click on my email you can copy it and email me. Does the studio have a website? We got one here and it's expensive...but their pictures are ok.

ch3rri said...

Issy- I have no la lot seeds. They sell the fresh leaves in the store now. Oh, earlier this year one of the store sell the la lot plant for $10 in a small pot. I didn't buy it since it was a small pot. lol.

As for the pandan, my future mother in law just got back from Vietnam so she smuggled some for me. LOL. But only two surviving so far.

I think I have the recipe for banh canh. I made it once before. I'll post it up later when I make banh canh. But the potato ricer holes are not that large for banh canh...we can make it noodle size. Still good thou.

Anonymous said...

Thanks!! your help is greatly appreciated. Saved your suggestion into my favorites.

Annette

cin said...

U should take pictures of that really tall plant!! the one u gave me .... i wanna see it. post it!!

Guenivere said...

Please please tell me how you grow those tropical plants. They look great! What kind of soil mix did you use? How did you start those plants? Do you live in a location where it is warm year round? When do you start pinching back the plants? How did you get the seeds to those plants? Please advice since I am planning on creating a tropical garden soon. Please email and give personal advice at: nguyen.guenivere@gmail.com

Guenivere said...

ch3rri, please tell me where you live. do you have warm summer all year round? i'm planning on having my very own tropical garden soon and i would like some advice from you. where did you get the seeds for your plants? what kind of soil mix do you have? how often do you pinch back the plants? do you keep the plants outside all year round? please please advised =)

Guenivere said...

ch3rri, please tell me where you live. do you have warm summer all year round? i'm planning on having my very own tropical garden soon and i would like some advice from you. where did you get the seeds for your plants? what kind of soil mix do you have? how often do you pinch back the plants? do you keep the plants outside all year round? please please advised =)