Learning how to make a good soup stock is an essential skill every cook should know. Yes, it’s super easy to just buy cans of stock or broth but nothing tastes better than a slowly-simmered stock made with the freshest ingredients. With the colder months quickly approaching, having ready-made chicken stock is really convenient when you want to quickly prepare your […]
Daunted by the thought of opening a fresh coconut? Worried you may chop your hand off? Fear no more friends, it’s not as difficult as you may think! In the below video I share tips and tricks for opening a coconut and the different tools you can use to prepare fresh coconut for your favorite dishes. […]
If you’re envisioning a sweet syrupy sauce to drizzle on top of ice cream and cakes, sorry friends, this is not that recipe. This caramel sauce is made by cooking sugar to a dark molasses-like consistency that is slightly sweet and slightly bitter. The sauce is then used to marinate meats or to add subtle flavor and color to dishes during cooking. […]
We’ve all seen these chopped scallions cooked in oil atop rice plates and as garnishes for noodles, meats and fish. It adds a fresh onion flavor and a vibrant pop of color to any dish or meal. This simple condiment is the easiest thing to make and one of the essential recipes every good cook should […]
Grated or mashed, mung bean is an essential component in many Asian dishes and learning how to cook these beans properly is a fundamental skill for every cook to master. The traditional way of cooking the mung bean is to steam the beans and then use a potato ricer to grate or mash the mung […]
This Vodka 5-Spice Marinade is easy to make and a must-have seasoning. It works wonderfully with all types of meats and seafood. Add a splash to noodles and veggie stir-fries to perk up the flavors. I love the fragrant yet subtle taste. Go ahead and make a few extra bottles and give them to your […]
Vietnamese Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Mam Cham) is called the “awesome sauce” and every family has a unique recipe. I’ve had many versions of this quintessential dipping sauce and found every one likes this special fish sauce mixture a different way. There are variations to the acids used from different vinegars (distilled, rice wine, etc.) to lime or lemon juice. Different […]
Carrot and Radish Pickles (Do Chua) are staple Vietnamese condiments and this easy refrigerator pickle recipe is so easy. This dynamic duo accompanies every Vietnamese rice plate and banh mi/baguette sandwich.
This is a fail-proof recipe for making perfect Rice Vermicelli (Bun), a very thin rice noodle used in many Vietnamese dishes. The trick with these noodles is to boil minimally and allow to air-dry to get that springy texture.