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  • Vietnamese Grilled Pork Chop Recipe (Sườn Nướng)

    June 10, 2022Van

    Sườn Nướng or Vietnamese Grilled Pork Chop is one of my favorite foods. The marinade is so delicious and flavorful, grilling it over charcoal gives it a wonderful smokey flavor. Enjoy it with jasmine rice or cơm tấm (broken rice) along with green leaf lettuce, sliced cucumbers and tomato. Look for thin bone in pork…

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  • Ebi Katsu Burger Recipe (Shrimp Cutlet Burger)

    June 2, 2022Van

    This Ebi Katsu Burger (Shrimp Cutlet Burger) is inspired by the ebi katsu burger served at Mos Burger, one of the most popular fast food chains in Japan. This is easy to make, since I use the shrimp burger patties from Trader Joe’s (just defrost them in the fridge overnight). The patties are coated in…

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  • Hawaiian Mochiko Chicken Recipe

    May 24, 2022Van

    Mochiko Chicken – a local favorite in Hawaii, many people describe it as Hawaiian popcorn chicken, it’s more like a variation of  karaage (Japanese fried chicken).  It’s crispy, sweet, savory & garlicky – you can usually  find it served as a plate lunch with rice and mac salad. There are few different ways you can…

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  • Rose Shaped Pork & Shrimp Dumplings Recipe

    May 5, 2022Van

    Rose Shaped Pork & Shrimp Dumplings using Wei-Chuan USA Dumpling Wrappers 🌹 how pretty are these? They’re simple to make once you see how it’s folded & rolled *Watch my short Instagram recipe video here. The tops of the dumping are tender and the bottoms get crispy, it’s a really nice variation of textures. Do…

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  • Sous Vide Mahi Mahi Recipe

    March 30, 2022Van

    Traditional methods of cooking mahi mahi can sometimes make it dry.  Cooking it sous vide ensures that a they stay tender and moist, so you don’t have to guess when it’s the perfect doness.  I served it over rice with a spicy jalapeño salsa, but the sides and sauce options are limitless for this since…

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  • My Neighbor Totoro Satsuki’s Bento Recipe

    March 18, 2022Van

    My Neighbor Totoro is one of my favorite films, it’s the most touching story of the innocence and beauty of childhood and how magical life can be. I love the way the food looked in the film and wanted to recreate the bento that Satsuki makes for Mei. Satsuki fills an oval bento box with…

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  • Hawaiian Crab Mac Salad Recipe (Copycat of Geste Shrimp Truck)

    February 22, 2022Van

    Geste Shrimp Truck in Kahului is known for having some of the best garlic shrimp on the islands, I’ve been making a copycat of of their Spicy Garlic Shrimp for years, but it’s always been incomplete without their amazing Crab Mac Salad! I’ve never seen anywhere else make Hawaiian-style mac salad like this and if…

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  • Foodland’s Spicy Ahi Poke Bowl Recipe

    February 9, 2022Van

    I’m sharing my copycat recipe of Foodland’s Spicy Ahi Poke. Foodland is a popular grocery store chain in Hawaii famous for their poke and many people think Foodland has the best poke on the islands. Poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish that Polynesians were making hundreds of years before any outside contact. Traditional Poke is…

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  • Spicy Ahi Tuna Poke with Crispy Seaweed Rice Paper Chips Recipe

    January 10, 2022Van

    I make poke once a week and this is my new favorite way to enjoy it. Seaweed Rice Paper Chips are easy to make and they are super light, crispy and have the most satisfying crunch! These chips are the perfect vessel for Spicy Ahi Poke – the ahi is coated in a spicy creamy…

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  • Thanksgiving Leftovers Egg Rolls Recipe

    November 26, 2021Van

    This is now my favorite way to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers – I think it’s even more delicious than Thanksgiving dinner!  You simply use the leftovers you have and wrap them in an egg roll wrapper and deep fry until they are golden and crispy, serve with cranberry sauce and gravy as the dipping sauces.  Everything…

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