Pork and Purple Taro Stew
While in Nha Trang, Marcia Kiesel learned how to make this satisfying country meat stew from a wonderful home cook named Madame Phai. The key ingredient in the stew is purple taro root, a vividly colored variety of this starchy, slightly sweet root vegetable. If you can't find it at an Asian market, substitute ordinary taro root or purple or yellow potatoes.
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