Asian

  • 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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  • 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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  • Mango Lassi Recipe (Mango & Yogurt Smoothie)

    June 8, 2018Van

    I always love ordering mango lassi at my favorite Indian restaurants. It’s an absolutely delicious and refreshing drink made with mangos, yogurt and a touch cardamon that adds a lovely and distinctive flavor – it’s perfectly for cooling down your palette and your body in warm weather!

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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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  • Spam and Avocado Musubi Recipe

    June 1, 2018Van

    I discovered Spam Musubi on a trip to Hawaii years back. I began seeing these little cute packages of seaweed, rice and SPAM in cellophane everywhere I went. From corner markets, to plate lunch palaces—Musubi was everywhere. Intrigued, I tried one and could not believe how much flavor was packed into this little “deck of…

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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 Corn on the Cob Recipe

    May 28, 2018Van

    I picked up some delicious organic yellow corn at the market for today’s BBQ. I steamed them in the Instant Pot then finished them on the grill (you can steam them with or without the husk). They were absolutely perfect!

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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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  • Vietnamese Yogurt with Laughing Cow Cheese Recipe

    May 3, 2018Van

    This Vietnamese Yogurt Recipe is a little different from the standard recipe because it uses Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss Cheese. The yogurt is absolutely delicious – it’s still sweet and tart like regular Vietnamese Yogurt, but the cheese adds a whole new depth of flavor –  it adds a very slight savory note to the…

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  • Instant Pot Japanese Beef Curry Recipe

    April 27, 2018Van

    Japanese Curry is a huge hit in my household. We usually make the Chicken Katsu Curry (recipe here), but this week I changed things up and made a delectable beef curry – which is the most popular curry dish in Japan. The immediate difference when using beef is the richness in the flavor. All that…

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