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…

Heo Quay – Crispy/Roast Pork Bellies

Unleash the Krakens! I mean the Cracklin’s LOL A monster crunchy roast pork treat… Yes, it crackles, sizzles and pops right in your oven. This home-made delicious dish is fun and rewarding. And with this recipe I’ve gotten success down to the last tasty, crispy pop!  :-]  So check it out… List of Ingredients: 2 (1.5lb) slabs…

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 – 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 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 Cherry Blossom Steamed Rice Flour Cakes – Banh Beo

Happy Friday foodie friends! My Cherry blossom steamed rice flour cakes – banh beo. These are traditionally round and require particular little ceramic bowls to steam them in. Here’s the JN twist on this very delicate and beautiful treat. These beautiful flower silicone molds sure makes it easy.  (Click here to purchase the molds) Recipe…