“A lifetime of traveling, talking and eating throughout the country may not be enough to discover all that Vietnam has to share”.

(Luke Nguyen, The Food of Vietnam)

Hi, I’m Sophie and welcome to Delightful Plate! The world probably doesn’t need another food blog, so I appreciate you visiting us here. My life partner and I created this blog first of all as a place to document all the fun we have in the kitchen. Both he and I love good food and enjoy trying new things in the kitchen, whether it’s a new ingredient, new knife or new kitchen appliance. The second reason we created Delightful Plate is we want to showcase Vietnamese cuisine, which has much more to offer than just pho noodle soup and banh mi. Creating contents for Delightful Plate is a great experience through which both of us re-discover our Vietnamese heritage.

What you will find on Delightful Plate

You will find traditional and modern Vietnamese recipes here. I hope through my recipes, you will have better understanding of not only Vietnamese cuisine but also Vietnamese culture. My hometown is close to the sea, so please don’t be surprised to see a lot of seafood recipes on my blog. I grew up eating seafood almost every day.

Besides Vietnamese dishes, Delightful Plate will sometimes have recipes inspired by flavors and ingredients from other cuisines. I was born in Vietnam, went to the U.K. for postgraduate study and subsequently moved to the U.S, which has given me access to many new ingredients, spices, and kitchen appliances. I work full-time, so you will also find quick recipes for busy weeknights here.

Writing is not my forte and English is not my mother tongue, so I often worry if my posts are well-written enough. I started the blog with the thought that I need to keep my posts concise and straight to the point. In each post, I try my best to describe the cooking process and how the dish tastes. I will also share my thought process for the recipe as well as useful/meaningful information such as the origin of the dish or characteristics of ingredients. I apologize in advance if I sound too boring, but don’t hesitate to let me know that so I can improve.

What you will not find on Delightful Plate

There are certain things I don’t consume or eat in a small amount if possible. They are dairy, refined sugar and highly-processed food. They sadly give me terrible mood swings and skin issues. I do quite okay with butter but have a difficult time with dairy milk and cheese. Moreover, I believe in the importance of eating fresh and nutrient-dense food, so I mostly use natural and wholesome ingredients in my recipes.

I don’t follow any food trend. What I share on Delightful Plate is what Mr. Delightful Plate and I genuinely enjoy eating.

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy spending time at Delightful Plate.



  • Reply
    Vu Thanh
    July 9, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Hello Sophie, I’m recently retired and have been cooking with my newly acquired Instant Pot Ultra. I found the instant pot congee recipe on your site and will try it out tonight . There are quite a few Vietnamese dishes on your site that I want to make but before I get there I want to learn my cooking craft with the Instant Pot. Do you have Instant Pot versions for those Vietnamese recipes?

    Warm regards,
    Thanh Vu

    • Reply
      July 9, 2018 at 5:53 pm

      Hi Thanh,

      Thank you for leaving me a comment and congratulations on your retirement and your recent Instant Pot purchase! Please let me know how the congee turns out for you.

      At this moment, I have Instant Pot instructions for the following dishes: pork congee, fish congee, beef stew pho noodle soup and chicken corn soup. Could you let me know which Vietnamese dishes on my site that you want to cook in the Instant Pot? I may be able to give you some suggestions. Do you use Facebook? There is a very active Vietnamese Instant Pot cooking group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1743007402687050/. The members are Vietnamese home cooks and they share how they use the Instant Pot to cook Vietnamese food.

      Thank you so much for visiting my site! I will try to add more Instant Pot recipes going forward.

      Best regards,


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