Crispy Noodles – Mi Xao Gion

The kid’s lunch today. Simple crispy noodles. Flash fried the egg noodles. Parboil the veggies, add in the shrimp, duck and chicken. Now, it’s the sauce that marries them altogether. The sauce/gravy is simple too… the concoction is a combination of oyster sauce, soy sauce, dash of sugar, pinch of salt, sprinkle of corn starch…

Baked Bacon with Shrimp Scampi Mac & Cheese

I haven’t met a kid that doesn’t like macaroni and cheese. For as long as I could remember, it was one of my son’s very favorite go-to meals. The best part was – it was quick and easy! As he grew up, I became more creative by adding bacon to it and baking it. Some…

Tom Kho Tau – Clay pot River Prawns in Roe/Tomalley

A childhood favorite – Tom Kho Tau!! It is often debated what this dish is really called. The actual translation is simply Shrimp braised the Chinese way. Some call it shrimp braised in clay pot with roe. What’s easily agreed on is that it’s SO good! Best enjoyed with fragrant, piping hot steamed jasmine rice…

Jn Asian Cajun Seafood Boil

Ahoy… Calling  all SEAFOOD LOVERS! Here’s a fun recipe for you. It’s so simple and satisfying. I’d suggest adding chunks of corn on the cob, lobster tail or even squid. That’s the fun part about it, it can easily improvised to suit your preferences. List of Ingredients: 1.5 sticks of Salted Butter 1/3 Cup Minced…

Jn Grilled Pork Paste Skewers – Nem Nướng

Today, we are having nem nuong – grilled pork skewers. We like ours in wraps, the kiddos like theirs on skewers. Check out my methods for how to roll them and simple hacks to skewer them. As always… always improvising to make life simpler in the kitchen. List of Ingredients: 1 lb Ground Pork 4…

Bò Nướng Lá Lốt – Grilled Beef Wrapped in Piper Lolot Leaves

Bò Nướng Lá Lốt – Grilled Beef Wrapped in Piper Lolot Leaves These are so SUPER aromatic!!! Beef wrapped in piper leaf not betel. The leaves are often confused. But betel leaves are more intense in taste and in usage. Betel leaves are known for their use in tobacco chewing which is commonly used in…

It’s a “Bao” time!!!

It’s all about my cravings!  Or, in this case “A Bao” my cravings.  Even at one of the largest shopping malls in all the world – with multiple food courts and 53 restaurants – I could not find the object of my desires.  So, after a quick sweep though the T & T Asian grocery…

Goi Kho Ca Sac – Dried Gouramy fish salad

Goi kho ca sac – dried gouramy fish salad. Combining slices of cooked pork belly, pieces of fried gouramy fish, slices of cucumbers, green mango, pineapple, herbs and mints conjures up one of those unique and exotic salads! Drizzle with a taramind or lemony fish sauce. Served with jasmine rice. O-M-Goodness!

Shrimp Paste on Sugarcane – Chao Tom

Shrimp Paste on Sugarcane – A surefire way to add some fun to your menu. These fancy little skewers are always a favorite in Vietnamese restaurants. Now they can be a frequent favorite in your household too! Click play to see how easy they are to make. OMGoodness! Jn Shrimp Paste on Sugarcane – Vietnamese…

June Plum Tree – Trai Coc

June Plum – Trái cóc! Sweet, tart and so good dipped in crushed chili sea salt. One of these day soon, my little tree will bear fruits just like these. But, for now, I’ll enjoyed these since they’re in season at my friendly Asian market.