Jn Bánh Xèo – Vietnamese Sizzling Shrimp & Pork Crepes

What’s good on a rainy day to chase away those gloomy clouds? Vietnamese yellow sizzling sunshine yellow crepes – Banh Xeo. Here’s my updated version all made from scratch. There are so many ways to eat this, roll them in rice wrappers, or just in lettuce leaf with herbs and mints. But, my favorite? Simply…

Jn Bánh Bèo – Cherry Blossom Steamed Rice Cakes.

Earlier this spring, I got to share these wonderful steamed rice cakes – Banh Beo in the shape of cherry blossoms with my dad.  My dad has in so many ways inspired me to be adventurous and enjoy the finer dining. He loved these and gave me two thumbs up. 🙂 Traditionally, these are steamed…

Jn Fried Salty Gourami Fish Salad- Gio Kho Sac

I think about how my dad loves this dish as I eat this. The saltiness of the fried gourami fish and its roes are so good balanced with the sweetness and freshness of the greens. These were fresh frozen raw when I got them. So, I cleaned them, remove the roes, salted them overnight and…

Jn Peonies and Fruit Rolls

I love my neighbors Donna & Art P… not only do they watch my dog when we are out of town, I get to raid their garden for the freshest sweet mints… she always shares her flowers with me. The other year were gladiolus… this year, peonies! We are so lucky. So here’s my creations!!!…

Jn Seasoned Roast Beef Marrow Bones

Seasoned roast marrow bones!!!! Here’s one that dad always wanted me to try when I was a kid and I said “ewww no thanks!” Back then in Saigon, we could only afford the bones. Now, it’s a gourmet treat with prices to match. Get this – new research has found the marrow has a special…

Jn Spicy Seafood Fried Rice – Cơm Chiên Hải Sản

I love seafood – all sorts – shrimp, lobster, crab, scallops… etc. And what better way to enjoy them to throw them all together creating this scrumptious seafood medley fried rice? And to make it even better, I tossed in my chili oil sauce. OMG… spicy goodness. Check it out and perhaps you too will…

Jn – Grilled Rainbow Trout Wraps (Cá Nướng)

If you follow me on my Instagram, you’d see how I’ve been feasting this past Memorial week. Though it may all look fancy and expensive, but it really isn’t when you can whip up these dishes at home. Here’s one of the dishes we had – Grilled Rainbow Trout Wraps. Yes, you read right. I…

Jn – Bún Suông

Vermicelli noodles with Shrimp paste shaped to mimic milk worms and sliced pork soup. Definitely a must try! List of Ingredients: Fresh herbs & mints And Garlic chives For the broth I’m using a shortcut: 8 Cups water ½ Cup Chicken Bouillon powder (Lee Kum Kee Brand) ¼ Cup of rock sugar 1 Medium Size…

Jn Chả Giò – Fried Springrolls or Eggrolls

A love by many other names Chả Giò – fried Vietnamese Spring Rolls!! Some call them eggrolls, others say fried shrimp or pork rolls. All are delicious! They make killer appetizers, winning additions to vermicelli bowls, crunchy complimentary side dishes to enjoy with soups, dynamic toppings for herb & greens salads …. I could go…