Grilled to perfection and absolutely mouth-watering!

Beef Wrapped in Betel Leaves (Bo La Lot)

This is a favorite summertime dish because I can make it on the grill, a cooking method I just love because it gives foods such a tasty, smoky aroma.  Betel leaves are a tender green with a fragrant aroma and a slightly bitter taste.  The leaf is sturdy and when grilled gets a bit charred which further […]

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Pandan Waffle Cones and Cookies

Summertime is here so let’s kick-off the season with everyone’s favorite warm weather treat.  I shared the recipe for homemade ice cream earlier.  Now to complete the pairing, I am sharing the recipe for homemade waffle cones.  These waffle cones are a bit non-traditional and inspired by the Vietnamese sweet treat, Pandan Waffles (Bánh Kẹp Lá Dứa).  Infused […]

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A vegetarian version of a Vietnamese Lemongrass Beef, this is meat-free and full of flavor.

Lemongrass Tofu and Rice Noodles (Bun Dau Hu Xao)

One of my all-time favorite dishes is Lemongrass Beef and Rice Noodles.  It is so refreshingly light and flavorful with the aromatic lemongrass, fresh greens and herbs and springy noodles.  When I decided to focus more on a vegetarian diet, this was one of the first dishes I revamped by substituting the beef for tofu.  Believe me, you won’t […]

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Yogurt with fresh berries and granola, the perfect breakfast!

Yogurt (Yaourt)

Yogurt has been around for a long time, but just in recent years, it’s gained popularity as a health food.  Today yogurt is touted by nutritionists and health food advocates as a must-have food in our daily diets.  Loaded with probiotics, animal protein and essential nutrients, it’s truly a super food and tastes so good!  To make yogurt at home (without a yogurt […]

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Made with ripe plantains, this cake is a popular Vietnamese dessert!

Steamed Banana Cake (Banh Chuoi Hap)

In honor of Mother’s Day, I am sharing my Mom’s simple and delicious recipe for Steamed Banana Cake.  If you don’t already know, my Mom is the amazing person who taught me everything I know about cooking.  As a child, I spent countless hours with her being her sous chef.  It was in the kitchen that my love for cooking and developing recipes started.  To […]

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