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  • Vietnamese Tuna & Fried Egg Banh Mi Recipe (Bánh Mì Cá Thu & Trứng ốp la)

    April 30, 2021Van

    Bánh Mì is one of the most iconic dishes of Vietnam, it represents the French influence in Vietnamese cuisine and continues to morph and transform even more in the U.S. Bánh Mì is typically filled with a flavorful protein, then stuffed with pickled daikons, carrots, cumbers, cilantro and chilis – the melding of the different…

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  • IKEA Swedish Meatballs with Cream Sauce Recipe

    April 29, 2021Van

    IKEA released their meatball recipe last year,  but I wonder if it was a great idea for them since this homemade version is 100x better than the meatballs they serve at the IKEA cafeteria.  After making this recipe, I don’t think I could ever go back to eating the ones from IKEA.  These are moist…

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  • Light and Crispy Tempura Batter Recipe

    April 23, 2021Van

    Tempura, one of Japan’s most famous and best-loved dishes – seafood and vegetables coated in a special batter and fried to perfection.  It’s hard to find great tempura at a restaurant and even harder to make great tempura at home.  I’ve been trying to perfect my batter for years and I’m still tweaking it, but…

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  • Trader Joe’s Brussels Sprout Pizza Recipe

    April 13, 2021Van

    Brussels Sprout Pizza, a unique and delicious pizza made with Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough, Brussels Sprouts, along with a few other Trader Joe’s ingredients. Very little prep work, the dough just needs to sit out for about an hour before baking.

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  • Bang Bang Shrimp Roll Recipe

    April 8, 2021Van

    These delicious shrimp rolls are quick & easy to make, the shrimp are pan grilled then tossed in a creamy and spicy sauce. The Bang Bang sauce is a copycat of Bone Fish Grill’s signature sauce that’s used in their most popular appetizer: Bang Bang Shrimp.  If you’re looking for something a little more exciting than…

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  • Ortega Style Steamed Mussels with Wine & Garlic Recipe

    March 13, 2021Van

    Ortega Style Steamed Mussels – something I dream about. My husbands favorite restaurant of all time is Walt’s Wharf in Seal Beach, CA. We had been having date nights there for as long as I can recall. We always started with their steamed clams or mussels—using their housemade sourdough bread to soak up every ounce…

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  • Trader Joe’s Hawaiian Beef Teriyaki Plate Lunch Recipe

    March 5, 2021Van

    The Hawaiian Plate Lunch has been making people happy since the late 1800’s. A hearty “island style” presentation of the Japanese Bento Box designed to feed hungry pineapple and sugar plantation workers—but proved too irresistible for the rest of us. Typically filled with lots of meat and lots of rice and mac salad. Beef Teriyaki…

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  • Trader Joe’s Tofu Poke Bowl Vegan Recipe

    March 2, 2021Van

    I make poke bowls once a week and usually use sushi-grade salmon or tuna, but I’ve started to make it with extra firm tofu as well and I was in shock at how popular this dish has become in my household. The cool thing is, you can grab everything you need from Trader Joe’s! My…

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  • Japanese Beef Bowl – Gyudon Recipe

    February 26, 2021Van

    This is a quick and simple meal that my family loves!  It’s a Yoshinoya-style Japanese Beef Bowl (Gyudon) – extra thin shaved beef steak is simmered in a delicious sauce and served over rice.  Trader Joe’s carries packages of shaved beef steak, Asian markets will usually have beef for shabu shabu or you can ask…

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  • Chinese House Special Shrimp Recipe (Garlic Ginger Scallion Shrimp)

    February 20, 2021Van

    Royal Capital Seafood in Garden Grove, CA is a Hong Kong-style Chinese Restaurant with a very extensive, seafood-centric menu. I’ve tried many of their dishes over the years, but the one dish I kept coming back for was their House Special Shrimp, the shrimp is deep fried, then coated in a flavorful, delicious soy garlic-butter…

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