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 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 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…

Jn Fresh Shrimp Salad Rolls Goi Cuon

Yesterday was National Shrimp Day. For those who follow me on my Instagram, you’d know I love shrimp. So, we couldn’t let the day pass without having some of our Vietnamese notorious goi cuon (Fresh Shrimp Salad Rolls). Here’s one of my earlier videos how to recreate these beautiful rolls. I’ve come far from that…

Jn Spicy Plum Sauce

Let me be your hero… kitchen hero that is! With these crispy fried chicken wings drenched in or dipped in my spicy plum sauce. Here’s my recipe for a sweet & spicy sauce with a hint of tartness.  This black magic concoction will have you putting it on everything! Also, the recipe for an easy…

Jn Finger-licking goodness Char siu pork ribs… suon xa xiu

Do you have those little picky eaters … or you’re just looking for something simple to make that tastes aweseome? Check out my recipe for these Chinese BBQ pork ribs. Great on the BBQ or even baked in the oven. Whichever method you choose, I’m sure you won’t be making this dish just once… LOL…

Jn (Bánh Cuốn) Vietnamese Rice Rolls Update

This is one of my Dad’s favorite – Bánh Cuốn(Vietnamese pork rice rolls). So last week,I decided to spoil dad and make him some. I was – rushing quickly to serve it for his 10:00am lunch hour lol (yes, you read it right… he eats at 10:00 – 10:30am!) lol … When I turned to…

Jn Rice Paper Rosebud Shrimp Dumplings

There’s not much to this recipe except that it will leave your guests in awe… Beautiful, dainty and elegant rice paper rosebud encompassing a hidden sweet treasure. Take the challenge and create your garden of edible roses. Servings: 14 dumplings List of Ingredients: 15 – Shrimp (size 31/40) Peeled & De-veined Slivers of ginger 2…

Grilled Garlic, Calamondin Leaf Infused and Thai Chili Squid Tubes

About that grilled squid the other day… it’s so, so, so good with my spicy, garlicky, ginger fish sauce. Recipe for the fish sauce below. As for the squid? Simply marinate it with some calamondin (lime or lemon) leaves, crushed garlic, a pinch of salt, a dash of sugar, drizzle of EVOO and for a…