bowl of Vietnamese mien ga with sprig of cilantro nearby

Miến Gà Recipe (Vietnamese Chicken Soup w/ Glass Noodles)

Miến gà is a super simple and delicious Vietnamese chicken soup with cellophane noodles. Topped with an herb mixture of cilantro and onions that always reminds me of Vietnamese food–we’d always have a plastic container of this stuff when soup was on for the week. This is an excellent recipe for new cooks to start with since it’s pretty hard…

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cold jasmine milk tea with boba and sea salt cream

Boba Milk Tea Recipe (Bubble Tea w/ Sea Salt Cream)

A strong tea flavor, the right amount of boba, freshly cooked boba pearls to the right doneness (surprisingly important), and sweetness tailored to your taste means the perfect cup of boba milk tea. Not all shops care to do these things right. So in addition to it being fun, making boba milk tea at home means a perfectly tailored drink!…

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homemade pasta with sea urchin and cream

Uni Pasta Recipe (Creamy Homemade Pasta w/ Sea Urchin)

This is a rich and creamy uni pasta recipe that you won’t have to ration uni with every bite like you do at the restaurants! Sea urchin in every. single. bite. We take this uni pasta to another level with homemade pasta too. Sure, making uni pasta at home takes some effort. But for me, I can get it exactly…

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clear ice cube in a glass, next to chiseling tools

How to Make Crystal Clear Ice Cubes & Balls

I first saw these clear ice cubes at fancy cocktail bars, and some where they are even chiseling them on the spot from cubes into balls and was WOWED. I had to figure out how to make these at home and thankfully, it is super easy to make clear ice cubes or clear ice balls/spheres at home. In this article,…

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making fettuccine nests

Homemade Pasta Dough Recipe

I was very surprised to find out how easy it was to make homemade pasta dough, and also shocked about how fresh it tasted. There’s still times when you want the hardier, al dente texture of the boxed pastas. Fresh pasta isn’t objectively better than boxed, but it is amazing and a must try if you haven’t already. My girlfriend and…

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che bap pot with heated coconut creme

Che Bap Recipe – Vietnamese Corn, Pandan, Rice & Coconut Dessert

99% sure I get it from my mom, but I’m a control freak. A huge benefit I like with home cooking is control. You can control everything: the process, timing, ingredient proportions, quality of ingredients, cleanliness. Everything. I love eating out at restaurants, but control over all the little details pulls me back into cooking at home, just like with…

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brewed Aeropress coffee

How to Use an Aeropress [Coffee Brewing Instructions]

For the mornings when I don’t want to wait for my espresso machine to heat up, or to bother having to concentrate on my pour over technique, Aeropress wins. It brews coffee fast, it tastes great, and there’s less risk of shattering brewing tools. For those reasons, this is the tool I always bring camping, brewing for all my camp…

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buttery, super garlicky garlic noodles

Garlic Noodles Recipe

This easy garlic noodles recipe is super rich and buttery, and is a punch in the mouth of garlic and onion. We use wonton noodles here so it’s kinda an asian garlic noodle vibe, but it’s great with just about any kind of noodle or pasta. Each year my family and some friends gets together for an event called ‘crab…

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bowl of wonton soup with bok choy

Wonton Soup Recipe (Quick & Easy!)

This wonton soup recipe is super simple to make at home and despite its simplicity, it is thoroughly satisfying as a complete meal. We’ll use a pork-based filling and chicken broth as a base for the soup broth. If you have some roommates to help wrap these wontons, you’ll have dinner ready in no time! These last for a few days…

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releasing espresso steam

How to Make Espresso

Espresso was a new frontier for me, as someone who regularly made pour over coffee for more years than I can remember.  Some friends were knee-deep in coffee education as they were starting up a coffee shop. I saw all the geeky gear, science, and technique–I was instantly hooked. Before that it was me sippin’ occasional shots of espresso that…

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