You see this all over Chinatown: Chinese/Vietnamese BBQ Pork hanging from window shops. Known as Xa Xiu in Vietnamese or Char Siu in Chinese, this delicious BBQ porky goodness is to die for. When making this at home, I make sure to double or even triple the recipe because Xa Xiu can be used in many other Vietnamese dishes. You can find Xa Xiu in Banh Mi, Hu Tieu, Bun, Mi, Banh Bao or simply serve over steamed rice. The versatility is endless!Read More
When my kids were toddlers, they were very picky eaters. Meat was the one thing they struggled the most with. This simple pan-fried Vietnamese pork patties helped solve that. No bones. No toughness. Just nothing but tender meat with great Asian flavors.Read More
For this pork and beef bulgogi marinade recipe, I utilize a store-bought Korean BBQ sauce as a base and add a few extra ingredients to liven it up. I usually like to make my marinades from scratch. However, this particular brand is really delicious so why reinvent the wheel? This is a great Korean product to use when you are in a rush and need something tasty for a Korean BBQ.Read More
This recipe is an update of my popular deli-style Vietnamese roast chicken. I simplified the recipe to use less ingredients yet still maintained that same great flavor. This modified recipe only utilizes pantry items so it’s quick to toss together. All the ingredients for the marinade can be found in your typical Asian pantry.Read More
Grilled lemongrass pork chop is my go-to item when I pack lunch for my husband to take to work. I pack the pork chops with steamed white rice and fresh vegetables such as lettuce or sliced cucumbers. Sometimes, I add kimchi and a fried egg if I'm feeling nice. When he reheats the pork chop in the microwave at work, I've been told that he's the envy of his coworkers ;-)Read More
For my Sriracha Honey chicken recipe below, I like to use wings or drummettes. The bite-sized portions of poultry goodness is great for entertaining. For this Vietnamese-American fusion appetizer, I base it on a more traditional Vietnamese recipe. I use a traditional Vietnamese Five-Spice marinade as the base. Then I brush the wings with the Honey Sriracha mixture towards the end of cooking to highlight the sexy sauce. The result was packed full of flavor, and I truly love that sticky sweet and spicy glaze. Recipe below. Happy eating!Read More
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had the appetite of a million elephants. I indulged in all my favorite food. You can't finish that? Let me help you out. At the time, I was working close to Oakland Chinatown. That meant plenty of cheap and satisfying Vietnamese Sandwiches (Bánh Mì). Pregnant me didn't order just one sandwich. I usually ordered two and both were easily finished in one seating. After I was done, I would order another one, as a snack, for my grueling 15-minute waddle back to the office.
My favorite Bánh Mì? It was hands-down the roasted chicken sandwich (Bánh Mì Gà Nướng). Oh, how I love thee.Read More
When I feel like torturing the neighbors, I take out the grill and cook up Nem Nướng, Vietnamese grilled pork sausage. I waft the aroma of this tasty Vietnamese sausage into their yard. That is what you get for taking my parking!Read More
Some people like to take long romantic walks along the beach. I like to take long romantic walks through Chinatown. Nothing gets me going more than beautifully roasted meat carcasses hanging in windows at Chinese BBQ shops.
It's truly a magical place for meat lovers. You have roasted pork, roasted duck, roasted chicken, BBQ'd pork, BBQ'd duck, BBQ'd chicken and sometimes even innards of sorts, all covered in a sweet and sticky glaze. Out of all the meaty goodness, the most tantalizing is the roasted pork belly, also known as Thit Heo Quay in Vietnamese or Siu Yuk in Cantonese.Read More