By Karin Calloway

Karin Calloway is a working mom living in Augusta, Ga., with multiple freelance jobs and a ton of dirty dishes.

Vietnamese Soup and Sandwich Supper

Bring the flavors of Vietnam home with a delicious soup, salad and sandwich supper that's perfect for entertaining. While the menu is sure to impress your family and guests, the recipes are actually inspired by common Vietnamese street foods.

Start your supper with a crisp Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Goi-ga). Then serve two piping hot soups: Chicken Rice Porridge (Chao Ga) and Catfish, Shrimp and Cellophane Noodle Soup (Canh Bun Tau).

Vietnamese Pork Sandwiches (Banh Mi Thit) are simple to prepare, but are packed with flavor and crunch. For dessert, keep it simple and serve your favorite sorbet sprinkled with a little sweetened coconut.


Quick Cone-Oli
I grew up in central Florida, where there was a family-owned Italian pizzeria on practically every corner. The pizza was always great, and for dessert there was always cannoli. Now that I reside in Augusta, Georgia, there’s not a cannoli to be found.
Chicken Rice Porridge
If chicken soup is “Jewish penicillin” then Chicken Rice Porridge could be described as “Asian penicillin.” This dish of rice that’s simmered until it begins to dissolve in a flavorful broth with chunks of chicken could not be more comforting, making it a favorite of children and adults alike.
Ginger Lime Dipping Sauce
Dipping sauces, such as this intensely gingery and spicy sauce, are routine at Vietnamese meals, allowing you to season each dish to your own taste.
Hoisin Peanut Sauce
This versatile sauce is great with Vietnamese Summer Rolls, and also delicious on grilled fish, chicken, or beef.
Vietnamese Baguette Sandwiches
Americans are enamored with sandwiches, from Po Boys in Louisiana to Cheese Steaks in Philadelphia. But many would be surprised that there’s an Asian culture that loves a sandwich as much as we do–Vietnam.
Vietnamese Catfish, Shrimp and Cellophane Noodle Soup
Almost every culture finds a way to turn fish and seafood into a delicious soup, and the Vietnamese are no different. This Vietnamese Catfish, Shrimp and Cellophane Noodle Soup combines U.S. farm-raised catfish and shrimp in a very flavorful broth.