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Recipe: Healthy and tasty Vietnamese

This easy, but very tasty recipe comes from a new cookbook Taste Vietnam by Trinh Diem Vy, and she teaches this dish in her cooking classes at the Morning Glory Cooking School in Hoi An, Vietnam. It tastes equally good with prawns too. The fresh turmeric is easily available in Singapore (it resembles a small ginger root, but the flesh is orange).


BBQ chicken with lime leaf


800g boneless chicken thighs, skin off

1/3 cup fresh turmeric or 1 tblsp ground turmeric

1/3 cup lemongrass, pounded

1 tsp sea salt

1 tblsp sugar

½ tsp coarse black pepper

½ tsp five spice

4 lime leaves, sliced finely

2 tblsp garlic, pounded

2 tblsp shallots, pounded

1 tsp dried chilli flakes

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tblsp fish sauce

8 wooden skewers soaked in water for one hour


• Cut thighs into 16 pieces. Place in a bowl. Add salt, sugar, black pepper and five spices. Mix well.

• Pound turmeric, add to chicken with garlic, shallots, lemongrass, chilli, lime leaves, sesame oil and fish sauce. Mix well – you may want to wear plastic gloves to stop your hands from turning yellow if using fresh turmeric.

• Marinate for 30 minutes. Thread two pieces onto each skewer. Grill 5 to 6 minutes on each side on a low heat.

• Serves 4 as a main meal with rice and a mango or papaya salad.


If you love the exotic and authentic flavours of Vietnamese food, learn more about the cuisine at these cooking classes. Experience a taste of Hoi An with Vietnamese guest chef Trinh Diem Vy who will lead the classes and special dinners.

8 to 12 February 2012

Various timings

The Garden Restaurant and The Terrace, The Sentosa Resort and Spa

For gala dinner reservations and cooking class registrations call 6371 1130 or email thegarden@thesentosa.com