Posts tagged summer
Korean BBQ: Easy Beef & Pork Belly Bulgogi Marinade

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.

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Iced Caramel Macchiato using Vietnamese Phin

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.

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Macha Iced Latte with Grass Jelly

It's officially Summer! What better way to enjoy the Summer heat than a refreshing cold beverage in hand. Macha iced latte, anyone?

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Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chops (Thit Heo Nuong Xa)

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 ;-)

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Grass Jelly Milk Tea with Sea Salt Cream Top (Tra Sua Suong Sao)

I once told my husband, "If you cut me open, I'll bleed milk tea." He asked, "Why are you so morbid?" I don't know. At the time, it was the only way to accurately express my love for milk tea. What can I say? The love is real and strong.

Lately, I have a thing for grass jelly in my milk tea. Milk tea and grass jelly with a cream top and a sprinkle of sea salt? Oh God. Yes, please!

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Vietnamese Grilled Pork Sausage (Nem Nuong)

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!

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Vietnamese Lemongrass Grilled Beef (Bo Nuong Vi)

Bo Nuong Vi is a Vietnamese dish where thinly sliced beef is quickly seared with onions and butter on a small griddle at the center of a table. Guests grill the beef themselves and assemble their own wraps with softened rice paper, grilled beef, and an assortment of fresh vegetables and Vietnamese herbs. They cook as they go, so each beef wrap is still piping hot and delicious. The wraps get dunked in either a traditional but pungent pineapple-fermented anchovy sauce (Mam Nem) or a more tamed Vietnamese fish sauce dipping sauce (Nuoc Mam Cham). A little cooking, a little talking, a little eating. It's the perfect way to enjoy time a get-together and good food.

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Vietnamese Avocado Shake (Sinh Tố Bơ) Recipe

I rarely drink Starbucks, but when there's Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour that comes once a year, "venti white chocolate mocha frappuccino with extra whip, please!" It's sugary, high-calorie frappuccino literally everyday for the whole week. All self control (and my waistline) goes out the window. Now that the evil (but fabulous) promotion is over, it's time to detox with a healthy alternative and a summer time favorite: Vietnamese Avocado Milk Shake or Sinh Tố Bơ.

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