Kiwano Melon / Horned Melon is an exotic oblong fruit having thick orange skin covered with rigid spikes. The spikes or horns are prominent such that when placed on flat surface the Kiwano melon rests entirely on them. I’ve been seeing this funky looking fruit popping up at local grocery stores and got really curious about […]
This Braised Black Pepper Pork (Thit Kho Tieu) recipe is a classic Vietnamese dish. Tender marinated pork is cooked in a deliciously savory and sweet sauce. If you’re familiar with the robustness of Vietnamese braised/kho dishes, just thinking of these flavors should have you drooling. Braised Black Pepper Pork is a simple dish with just […]
Almost a year ago I unboxed the Tiger IH 5.5 Cup Rice Cooker and shared with you my initial thoughts. Since then I’ve had ample time to use the multi-cooker to make rice daily, prepare simple dishes, tryout new recipes and functions and test with my recipes. I am pleased to share I am really […]
This Honeycomb Cake – Eggless / Vegetarian Recipe (Banh Bo Nuong Chay) is a must-try if you love baked Honeycomb Cake (Banh Bo Nuong) but want to avoid the eggs. You are guaranteed a deliciously spongy and chewy cake with lots of honeycomb with this straightforward recipe. If you’ve struggled with making Honeycomb Cake in […]
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to celebrate green foods whether you’re Irish or otherwise. 🙂 I certainly adore green foods because Vietnamese cuisine offers a plethora of verdant foods from lush vegetables and herbs to vividly colored desserts and cakes.
If you’re a fan of warm desserts with silken texture, you will love this easy recipe for Tofu Pudding with Ginger Syrup (Dau Hu Nuoc Duong / Tao Pho). This sweet treat has such comforting flavors and textures–warm, smooth and delicate pudding with a gooey sweet syrup on top. The fresh ginger adds amazing flavor […]
You boiled pork for a favorite dish, set it aside less than half an hour ago, and now getting ready to serve it notice the pork has turned a dingy brown color. Oh boy, it doesn’t look very appetizing. What happened?! Deep breathe. 🙂 This darkening of the meat is oxidation, a chemical reaction between […]
Make delicious Baked Pork Buns (Banh Bao Nuong) at home with this easy recipe. Fluffy sweet buns are filled with savory pork and baked until golden. These Baked Pork Buns are even better than the bakery version and so amazing when freshly made at home. This easy recipe with video takes you through the steps […]
This easy Chocolate Shortbread Cookies recipe makes the tastiest decorated cookies. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to shower your loved ones with affection than by making them a homemade sweet treat. These Chocolate Shortbread Cookies are fail-proof–just a few simple ingredients and super easy steps.
This Sticky Rice and Banana Cakes (Banh Tet Chuoi) recipe makes a wonderful sweet treat for Lunar New Year / Tet. Sweet ripened bananas are encased in a layer of sticky rice and black beans and then wrapped in banana leaves. The results are a deliciously, glutinous sweet cake with an intriguing pop of color […]