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
Cendol is a Southeast Asian dessert/drink of worm-like pandan jellies, mixed with palm-sugar syrup and topped with sweetened coconut milk. In Vietnam, cendol is a popular street food known as Che Banh Lot.
Che Banh Lot literally translates to “Fallen Cake,” which refers to how the pandan worm-like jellies are made. The pandan batter “falls through” some kind of kitchen equipment with large holes to produce the round jellies with tapered ends, resembling little green worms (Yum!). Usually this kitchen equipment is a potato ricer, a large slotted spoon or a colander with large holes.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
It's officially Summer! What better way to enjoy the Summer heat than a refreshing cold beverage in hand. Macha iced latte, anyone?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
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!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
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.Read More
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.Read More