What is Vietnamese Coriander (Rau Ram)
Vietnamese coriander (rau ram) is also called hot mint, Vietnamese mint or laksa leaf. Its aroma is stronger than cilantro and it also has a spicy and lemony note. You can check your Asian grocery stores for this herb.
Caution: in Vietnam, some say that excessive consumption of this herb may cause miscarriage. If you are pregnant, consume rau ram in moderation just to be safe.
Recipes that Use Vietnamese Coriander
In Vietnamese cooking, we often pair this herb with clams like in this Sweet and Sour Clam Soup, clam salad, and with poultry such as in Vietnamese Chicken Rice (Com Ga Hoi An) and Duck Vermicelli Noodle Soup (Bun Mang Vit).