Like many elderly people (I’m on my way at age 36), I enjoy doing mundane, repetitive tasks every now and then. One of which is making my own fried shallots (hanh phi). Getting comfy and doing nothing but peeling shallots while listening to good music soothes my soul.Read More
Authentic Vietnamese recipes from the Motherland
The Holidays are around the corner and that means one thing. Gaining weight with lots of good food.
One of my favorite dishes to make during the Holidays is Vietnamese shrimp and pork egg rolls (Cha Gio Tom Thit). It’s a combination of traditional Vietnamese egg rolls (Cha Gio) and whole shrimp. Carry a basket of these bad boys to a dinner party and you’ll be the life of the party… or at least until the egg rolls runs out.Read More
Mam Kho Quet is a sauce and vegetable dish derived from poverty when Vietnamese farmers had plentiful vegetables but very little protein. The dipping sauce is made by caramelizing fish sauce and sugar in a small clay pot with a small amount of pork, dried shrimp, dried fish, and/or pork fat. The sauce is then served in the clay pot alongside a platter of fresh and boiled vegetables.Read More
Wontons are a type of Chinese dumpling. Hoành Thánh is the Vietnamese equivalent and they are made primarily out of ground pork.
There are many ways to cook wontons. They can be steamed, boiled, pan-fried, deep-fried or a combination of these techniques (pan-fried first then add a little bit of water to steam with a covered lid), much like pot stickers.Read More
One of my favorite drinks at Starbucks is an iced caramel macchiato. However, at over $4 a drink, the drink doesn’t come cheap. I finally came up with a copycat recipe that I truly love. It’s even better than the Starbucks version, which I think has way too much milk and not enough coffee. Now I can enjoy my drink just how I like it without having to pay a premium.Read More