Jn Orange-Hued Nem Nuong Sauce

“Have you been to Brodard’s?” “They have this amazing orange sauce.” “We gotta hit Brodard’s! ” “This sauce – there’s nothing like it – especially with their nem nuong rice paper rolls… ” That’s the chorus I hear every time I visit fellow foodies in Orange County, CA. The line of customers waiting at the…

Jn Spicy Seafood Sauce

Ever since my most recent trip to Thailand, I have not been able to stop thinking about this spicy seafood sauce I had there. It’s light, yet full of a mingling of distinct flavors. And it pairs so well with seafood without overpowering them! Now, after experimenting with many various ingredients – I’ve come up…

Jn Steamed Rose Dumplings

Ready for a beautiful appetizer? So fun to make and so captivating to the eyes. These are steamed but you can deep fry them too. Check out the video below and see how simple they are to make. Jn Steamed Rose Dumplings Servings: 8 Rose Dumplings List of Ingredients: 32 Round Sue Gow Wraps Shrimp…

Jn Live show on Instagram – Lobster Asian Seafood Boil

I journeyed home to my kitchen in Rochester, MN this weekend. I told D that I would take a few days off before I dive into my many ongoing projects. But, of course I couldn’t resist and my passion took over lol! Here’s my first live video on Instagram with fellow Instagrammers who tuned in….

Lunch with Two Engineers At Dorinku – Tokyo Street Food

The Civil Engineer and the Petroleum Engineer… and Food Engineer find common ground at lunch… How time sure flies, and here we are… celebrating my niece’s graduation as a Civil Engineer, while my soon-to-be-20 year old son has come to the school year’s end in his petroleum science program. It’s been a stressful few weeks…

Vietnamese Eggnog/egg cream – Cafe Sua Trung Nong

I’m not a great coffee barista but I sure can whip a mean eggnog cream coffee. So enjoy this cup on me… “It started over coffee… It’s funny how from simple things, the best things begin…”  Vietnamese eggnog coffee that is.  The rich, eggy and creamy concoction sure balance out the opulent dark espresso blend…

JN Calamondin Orchard

Calamondin (Calamasi) – a citrus fruit which is often mistaken as a “kumquat”. In fact, it is a hybrid between a citrus and a kumquat. They produce either green or orange fruit. The peels are super aromatic and are often added into juices such as sugarcane. It’s more like a tiny lime/lemon because it’s usually…