Amy’s Heavenly Banana Pudding

Today’s offering is by our resident baker, Amy, who married two recipes into one with this Daebak dessert.


Bun Thit Nuong

This fresh dish was perfect for a warm, sunny, spring day, grilling on the grill, and so filling for our 3 hours of drama-watching! Marinating the meat overnight will make this dish pop!


  • 1-2 stalks lemon grass
  • 1 small chopped ginger root
  • 3 TBS vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 5 TBS fish sauce
  • 1 tsp MSG
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 key lime juiced
  • 1-2 Thai chili peppers (optional)

Run through food processor until all is incorporated.

  • 3.5 lbs Boneless roast beef thinly sliced.

Place in plastic bag and marinate meat overnight in the refrigerator.

Place on bar-b-que skewers and grill until fully cooked at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 7-10 minutes.

Sweet sauce:

  • 2 large lemons
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup fish sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Mix lemon juice from 2 large lemons with sugar, water, fish sauce and minced garlic, with 1 Thai pepper chopped for some extra heat (optional).


Boil rice noodles until cooked al dente.  Exact time will depend on type of noodle used.


  • Various fresh green herbs:  Roughly chopped mint, cilantro, perilla.
  • Dried fried onions
  • Pickled shredded carrot in vinegar
  • Pickled shredded daikon root in vinegar


  • Bean sprout salad with sliced cucumbers and lettuce tossed together
  • Sliced green mangos (not ripened)


Assemble in bowl, with bed of noodles, then the meat, then the various vegetables and sweet sauce.


Korean/Vietnamese Kimbap

So, you know how difficult rolling sushi rolls are, with those bamboo mat thingies?  Well, this is EASY, when you do it with rice paper.


Rice Paper, 1 cup cooked rice, Dried seaweed, 4 Eggs (made into an omelet or crape and cut into 1/2 inch x 4 inch strips), 1 large Carrot, Kimchi (of course), Imitation crab meat, barely cooked Spinach, and Korean red pepper paste (gochu-jang) *optional.  Makes about 15 rolls.

Assembly (click on any picture):