Another braised pork recipe, you ask? Well, I wasn’t planning on inundating this weeks postings with braised pork but timing seemed appropriate for a number of reasons. Adding to the fact that I love braised pork in ten million different ways, I’ve gotta start writing about braised pork enough to cover it all in my blog lifetime!
Since my last write up about my mother’s classic Vietnamese braised pork in caramel, I’ve received so many touching e-mails and comments from readers about not only the » Read the full story →
If I could name one of the many comfort foods in Vietnamese cuisine that brings back warm, delicious memories to all my Viet friends and family, it would be this dish: Thit heo kho trung, braised pork belly (or shoulder/butt) with boiled eggs. It’s the comfort of pork slowly cooked in sweet caramel, till the the soft meat becomes rich and flavorful that makes all of us salivate with homesickness when we’re far away from home. To complete the dish, add some boiled eggs to » Read the full story →
local fisherman in My Khe beach, Da-Nang, Viet-Nam
Every time I return to my birthplace, Vietnam, I’m continually drawn and connected to the ocean. I was born in Da-Nang, which is only a few minutes scooter ride to My-Khe beach, where I grew up as a small child. When we escaped Viet-Nam and made home in America, my mother would always reminisce and tell me stories of how close the ocean was and how we fed off the amazing bounty of Viet-Nam’s wealth of seafood. » Read the full story →
This gorgeous cookbook has a new owner and it’s Pam!! Congratulations Pam and we hope you enjoy this beautiful cookbook.
Thank you to you all for your amazing input and thoughts on what you love in a cookbook. We appreciate all your fabulous comments on this cookbook giveaway!
This was the most amazing forum of wonderful ideas that we’ve ever had. Reading all of your wonderful, insightful comments was inspiring and informative. We’ve never been so thrilled as were were with your participation in this » Read the full story →
It’s not often that I can get excited about a cookbook enough to want to snuggle with it on the couch and to read it cover to cover. Most of the time, I’ll scan through a cookbook and bookmark particular interesting recipes that jump off the page. But I found one book that not only had me hooked from the very first page, but had me laughing, crying and stomach growling at the same time. If anyone saw me, they’d think that I was an » Read the full story →
Thanks to Lia and her wonderful wine inspired blog, Swirling Notions, we’re finally writing out what we enjoy drinking when we eat Asian foods. Lia’s Pairing Primers is a series of excellent and educational write ups on pairing foods. Lia asked us to share our favorite Asian-inspired food pairings and getting this post together required alot of thought, drinking and tasting!
Spicy, Salty, Sweet, Sour, Bitter. Pairing wine with Asian food can often be a bit daunting and complicated. For so many Asian dishes, » Read the full story →
We love the current food fad of the Red Mango-Pinkberry-Yogurtland-a million other knock off names. We especially love the newer style of shops that have a plethora of flavors and are 100% self-serve. Mix ‘em as you like them, top it as you want and have as much or little as you like. No paying too much for a penny pinching owner to ration out a few meager berries to top your yogurt. These are our favorite places for a quick afternoon sweet.
It is » Read the full story →
If we could put a stick of true Vietnamese cinnamon into the hands of every cook, Chef and epicurean, the food world would be a sweeter, more aromatic place. We’re that obsessively addicted and devoted to this amazing spice. So enamored with it that we brought back a whole suitcase full of it back from Vietnam. Luckily the US customs search dogs were on lunch break, or else we would have been sniffed out and questioned if we really cooked with the wood or smoked » Read the full story →
Vincent: “… But you know what the funniest thing about Europe is?”
Vincent: “It’s the little differences. I mean, they got the same shit over there that they got here, but it’s just – it’s just there it’s a little different”
As many of you will quickly recognize, that was a bit of dialogue between Vincent (John Travolta) and Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) in the movie Pulp Fiction. How true those words ring for almost any traveler, and not just for Europe. Discovering » Read the full story →
Her face is deep, hypnotic and riveting. Every line, crease and wrinkle in her face shows a history of war, struggle and suffering. It just wasn’t her face, but her rough hands and her thin, fragile frame that shared with every passer by her life story. Still, there was still an intense cloud of mystery that hovered over her, hiding behind her weary, aged face. Who was she? What has her life been like? How much has she endured over the years? What has she » Read the full story →
My equipment bags are still packed from my fabulous trip to Viet-Nam and now I’m taking them all with me again to Zihuatanejo + Ixtapa , Mexico!! My kind and generous blog friend, Jaden of Steamy Kitchen, is headed to Ixtapa, Mexico for a press food and wine event and I get to tag along!! I will be her videographer and food partner in crime, so it’ll just be us two gals living it up on the beautiful, sandy, margarita filled beaches of a » Read the full story →
Enjoying Cà Phê Sữa Đá & Chinese checkers (Cờ tướng) in Đà Nang, Việt-Nam
It was another warm, humid summer night in Đà Nang, and I was cruising on the back of a scooter behind Quang, one of Diane’s cousins. He’s the cousin I consider the cool, savvy intellectual. He turned his head and asked, “So, do you like beer?” I don’t think there was a moment the whole time we were in Việt-nam when a beer didn’t sound good, but I knew Quang » Read the full story →
She is the memorable pineapple peddler in Hanoi. She stood out from most of the other fruit street vendors that we encountered because of her smile. Unlike many of the other mobile street vendors who were often older, rugged and worn from the toil of their meager lives, she was young, clear skinned, vibrant and always smiling. Her perfect set of teeth (which is often a rarity in ViệtNam’s poor population), warm smile, petite frame balancing two heavy baskets of pineapples and ease in navigating » Read the full story →
Me at fruit market: Mangoes and Sweet Sop (custard apple, Viet cherimoya)
There was great anticipation in my arrival to Đà Nẵng because Cousin Diane was bringing home an American! Just ask Little Su Hy (age 3) who had been telling all of her friends there is an American in the family. Almost anywhere you read about Americans traveling to Việt-Nam, you’ll hear of tales of how warmly they are welcomed; the war a long forgotten and forgiven memory. Our trip to Vietnam taught me » Read the full story →
Vịnh Hạ Long Bay, Northern Việt-Nam
Whenever we return from a trip away our familiar surroundings, we are constantly reminded to remain grounded, sane and humble. Vietnam reinforced everything we understood about people, culture, society and cuisine. We both should never assume and teach that how we live and what we eat here in America is definitive of our backgrounds. Every reunion, set of tears, alley stroll, food stall, family meal, scooter ride, interview and conversation is a continuous learning experience.
Our stomachs were pleasantly » Read the full story →
We’re heading to Vietnam for a much needed trip! There’s so much to visit, photograph , video tape and EAT! Our itinerary is taking us to the Northern mountain areas of Vietnam to visit the beautiful jungles, wildlife and waterfalls. Of course, visiting family will be a priority too, as well as eating and cooking plenty of awesome meals. We’ll be heading South to visit the central regions and finally on down to the Southern tip of VietNam.
While we’re away, we’ll be twittering from » Read the full story →
Last Saturday’s superb blogger party still has us pumped up and buzzing. Even with all the dishes cleaned and put away, we’re still feeling the exciting aftershocks of the amazing gathering. Thanks to everyone who attended! All of you make us proud to be part of this passionate blogging community! Since we’re still riding the waves of the fun gathering, we’ve decided to post a few of the recipes for the dishes that we made for the party. This is definitely a first for us » Read the full story →
Good Morning ! …Oh wait, what time is it? Ugh! It’s 8:30 am and I’m late for work! Weep and pout! I thought I was a lover of logistics and Miss Master at planning out details, but scheduling myself to go to work the day after hosting a big blog party was a seriously bad management decision. I stumbled out of bed, teeter-tottered to the bathroom to fix myself up for another work day and my body was struggling to keep up with slow, fumbling » Read the full story →
August has been a seriously busy food month for us and it’s barely half over! With friends coming into town, a series of cooking classes that we’ve taught and Friday’s catering event , we’re trying to make the best use of our left overs. We’ve been very conscientious of food waste and are always making sure we don’t waste food like we used to. So with Friday’s party all cooked, delivered, served and done, we’ve got a few left overs in the fridge we assembled » Read the full story →
This post is dedicated to Miss Kaweah, the sweet and lucky black lab that gets to hike, romp and swim in Colorado’s outrageously amazing wilderness. She’s at a summer puppy camp now, enjoying a little break away from her parents.
We’re envious of not just Kaweah, but of her mommy and daddy too, known to everyone as Jen Yu and Jeremy of Use Real Butter. Everyone knows that Jen’s super duper fine photography skills keep us drooling over her delicious Asian dishes and picture » Read the full story →