Where to stay in Bangkok?

Where to stay in Bangkok? The one thing I’ve always hated in any city is traffic – and in Bangkok, the traffic never sleeps. So, it’s always very important that we find a place that has everything we love within walking distance… from shopping, to great eateries, to grocery stores and produce markets all within…

Amaya Food Gallery @ Amari Watergate Hotel, Bangkok

The fun part about visiting Bangkok is the fabulous food! The diversity of cultural cuisines and settings make it even more enticing; from hole-in-the-wall eateries – to fun fancy places like the Amaya Food Gallery! So, we got a little dressed up for an adventure – at Amaya’s popular Friday Seafood Night. It’s conveniently located…

Where Has Jn Been?

Hello my dear friends, It’s been a while since I posted anything. I just recently came back from The Land of Smiles – Thailand! Such an amazing trip with so many adventures! I’m excited to share with you the eateries I found and the places I stayed. Also, the little things I found on my…

Bún Riêu – Vietnamese Crab Tomato Soup

Hi guys how about Bún Riêu – Vietnamese Crab Tomato Soup? There are numerous way to make this scrumptious and flavorful soup. A combination of slight tomato tartness, sweetness from pork neck bones and a dash of saltiness from the minced crab make this version seriously yummy. So, here’s my take on it. Here’s what…

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…