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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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  • 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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  • Vietnamese Iced Coffee Hack Recipe using Trader Joe’s Instant Cold Brew Coffee

    April 17, 2021Van

    The only sweetened coffee drink I enjoy is Vietnamese Iced Coffee, it’s extra strong coffee with sweetened condensed milk – creating the perfect balance of bitter and sweet, the flavor reminds me of coffee gelato ☕ Traditionally it’s made with a Vietnamese phin coffee press (recipe here), but this short cut version using Trader Joe’s Instant…

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  • Ningyo-Yaki Waffle Maker Recipe (Japanese Doll Cakes filled with Anko)

    April 16, 2021Van

    Ningyo-Yaki are small cakes in the shape of dolls filled with anko (sweet red bean paste) – they’re a popular treat at one of my favorite places in the world, Asakusa Tokyo.  Typically, they are made with cast iron molds over a gas grill in various shapes such as cats, birds, lucky gods, and even Hello Kitty –…

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  • Instant Pot Anko – Sweet Red Bean Paste Recipe

    April 15, 2021Van

    This is the quickest and easiest method to make Anko (Japanese Sweet Red Bean Paste – Koshian). Using an Instant Pot to pressure cook the adzuki beans only takes 40 minutes, compared to the 2 hours it takes on the stovetop. Homemade anko is so much more delicious than store-bought – perfectly smooth in texture…

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  • Instant Pot Lilikoi Mochi Recipe (Passion Fruit Mochi) + Oven Method

    April 7, 2021Van

    This Lilikoi Mochi recipe is inspired by the Lilikoi Mochi you can get from  Two Ladies Kitchen in Hilo, Hawaii (274 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, HI 96720) they  are famous in Hawaii for having a unique selection of mochi and manju – be sure to check them out the next time you’re in Hilo. Lilikoi (Passion…

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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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  • Matcha Mochi Waffles Recipe

    February 28, 2021Van

    I love matcha + mochi so these Matcha Mochi Waffles are the perfect treat! The waffles are bouncy, chewy & the matcha flavor is very prominent. I topped it with vanilla ice cream, a sprinkle of matcha powder, blackberries & candied strawberries (recipe here). Sencha Organic Matcha is my current favorite matcha powder, it’s sourced…

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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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