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  • Instant Pot Vietnamese Braised Pork Belly Recipe (Thịt kho tàu)

    August 17, 2018Van

    You won’t find this dish in many Vietnamese restaurants, but every Vietnamese family makes this dish at home, especially around Lunar New Year (Tết). It’s one of the most flavorful and delicious dishes—the pork belly is braised in coconut water and becomes super tender in no time thanks to the Instant Pot. You get that…

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  • Instant Pot Madras Lentils Recipe

    August 14, 2018Van

    Costco Samples have a magical way of influencing our eating habits. On a routine shopping trip my daughter tried a sample cup of Tasty Bites Madras Lentils—and proceeded to talk about them the entire trip. I reluctantly conceded and went back to purchase the package of pouches—thinking I’d be lucky to use just half of…

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  • Japanese BBQ Short Ribs Recipe (Japanese Calbi)

    July 29, 2018Van

    These Japanese BBQ Short Ribs are inspired by the ones I get at my favorite local izakaya, Kappo Honda. I’m not sure if this is a common dish that you can find at other Japanese restaurants, because I don’t really see it on the menu at other places. It’s definitely a Japanese copycat of delicious…

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  • Vietnamese Spaghetti and Meat Sauce Recipe

    July 11, 2018Van

    This is a Vietnamese fusion dish that was inspired by the spaghetti and meat sauce that I grew up eating. I’m not completely sure what ingredients went into the version that my mom used to make, but I know there was fish sauce and always a lot of extra mushrooms added. I’ve incorporated many ingredients…

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  • Copycat Original Tommy’s Chili Recipe for Instant Pot & Stovetop

    July 2, 2018Van

    If you’re from Southern California you can understand my obsession with Tommy’s Chili Burgers. Their tomato-less chili con carne is very unique to the SoCal Region, often found smothered on anything you can imagine—from fries & hot dogs to burgers. The Original Tommy’s was opened in 1946 by Tommy Koulax. The original location is still…

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  • Crab Rolls Recipe

    June 28, 2018Van

    These Crab Rolls are very similar to Lobster Rolls, without all the extra work. I used lump crab meat and tossed it with a few other staple pantry items. These are so quick to make and they are absolutely delicious. Enjoy them with some crispy potato chips and a large iced tea or pale ale!

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  • Instant Pot Vietnamese Crab & Shrimp Udon Noodle Soup (Bánh Canh Cua Tôm)

    June 27, 2018Van

    Bánh Canh Cua is a crab noodle soup dish that’s quite popular in Vietnam. The noodles are hand made with tapioca starch – they look very similar to udon noodles, but are slightly chewier. The noodles are cooked right in the broth which gives the broth a thick consistency more similar to a stew broth.…

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  • Hawaiian Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe

    June 1, 2018Van

    On my way to the airport on Maui I had set aside an hour to try this famous food truck known for the best garlic shrimp plate lunch on the island – Geste Shrimp Truck. My husband and I rushed to the “secret” location eager to try this local dish. As strangers to “Hawaiian Time”…

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  • Copycat Lotus of Siam Thai Garlic Prawns Recipe

    June 1, 2018Van

    The most memorable part of a trip to lucky Las Vegas differs depending on who you ask. For me, my jackpot was finding James Beard Award winner Lotus of Siam—which is known as one of the best Thai Restaurants in all of America. Lotus is not your typical Thai joint serving Pad Thai—this is Northern…

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  • Instant Pot Japanese Braised Pork Belly Recipe (Kakuni)

    May 11, 2018Van

    Eating this braised pork belly dish is poetic. The history of this thousand year old dish involves one of Chinas most celebrated poets, Su Dongpo. A poor, not so starving artist who desired the most flavorful pork dish to cure his ails. Dongpo used a low and slow method with wine to achieve the now…

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