The dishes of France have influenced Vietnamese cuisine in a delicious way. Enter: Vietnamese-Australian chef and TV host Luke Nguyen, whose latest book explores the relationship between these two food cultures and documents the best of the best. Considering those parameters, rice-, bread crumb–, chili- and cilantro-stuffed whole sardines sound just about right.

Different variations on stuffed sardines can be found along the stretch of the Ligurian Sea coast between France and Italy. For the fullest flavor, use very fresh sardines.

Reprinted with permission from Luke Nguyen’s France