As if you couldn't already tell by the photo, here's why my momma's Banh Canh Cua (Vietnamese Thick Noodle Soup with Crab) is better than your momma's. And more reason why I don't share family recipes on the blog.
We start off with lots of Dungeness crab that my parents caught off the Oregon coast. None of this pig's feet banh canh that I sometimes see. Crab version only for me.
Mom makes her own noodles. I was upstairs and totally missed taking pictures of my mom adding water to the dough, rolling it out, and slicing the noodles.
My ba noi (Vietnamese paternal grandmother) made her own noodles too. Her version was thinner, more translucent noodles. I've tried recreating both mom's and grandma's, but I have yet to master that technique.
A little Hanh Phi (Vietnamese Fried Shallots) goes a long way to add flavor.
Boiling the fresh noodles.
Mmm. I ate two bowls. Probably could have eaten more, but my stomach only has so much room. Perfect breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner/any time of day food.
We had banh canh cua again for dinner when my dad came home from work. Along with a nice Vietnamese salad of lotus roots, squid, and shrimp.
The next day, I met up with Darlene of Blazing Hot Wok. So the night before, my mom set aside some noodles and flat-leafed chives for me to make up a fresh bowl for her. Can't serve up banh canh with the noodles all waterlogged and mushy!
Vintage Corningware. I get my thrift store love from my mom who has the bargain hunting down pat. She knows which stores have sales on which days. Her best deals? A brand new, still-in-box wine fridge for $24 and a brand new, still-in-box Zojirushi rice cooker for $5.
Mmm. Look at all that lump crab meat. Makes such a sweet broth. But the lighting in the kitchen was a bit dim, so I went outside to photograph my bowl.
Much better. As if you weren't salivating already.
Having experienced my mom's banh xeo (Vietnamese sizzling crepes), Darlene brought a bouquet of flowers to thank my mom.
That night after work, my mom pointed out the flowers to my dad. Her friend gave me flowers after only feeding her once!
Aww. I sometimes take it for granted that my mom cooks really well. She felt so appreciated that day.
All Oregon posts can be found with the tag Series: Oregon, but I suggest reading this particular trip in this order:
PDX and My Parents' Chihuahuas
Salvador Molly's - Portland - Oregon
Why My Mom's Banh Canh Cua (Vietnamese Thick Noodle Soup with Crab) Is Better Than Your Momma's
Ha & VL - Portland - Oregon
Karma Cafe - Portland - Oregon
Oc Xao Nam He (Vietnamese Clams Sauteed with Mushrooms and Chives)
Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden - Grant Park - Portland - Oregon
Pok Pok - Portland - Oregon
Portland Farmers Market at PSU - Portland - Oregon
Downtown Portland - Oregon Redux
Mill Ends Park (Smallest Park in the World) - Portland - Oregon
Tabor - Portland - Oregon
Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen - Portland - Oregon
Mom's Chao Vit (Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Duck)
Oriental Food Value Supermarket - Portland - Oregon
Mom's Bun Bo Hue (Vietnamese Hue-Style Beef Noodle Soup)
1 year ago today, Orange and Fennel Salad.
2 years ago today, oregano and How to Dry Herbs.