Vietnamese Spicy Lemongrass Chicken (Gà Xào Sả Ớt)

Gà xào sả ớt is an aromatic blend of chile sauce, lemongrass, tender chicken, and veggies, but more importantly it’s a fast and easy, one-pot dish that you can make during the week. Also known as Vietnamse spicy lemongrass chicken, this dish is more commonly made at-home in Vietnam vs. restaurants (even though it was the most popular dish at…

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California Roll Recipe

I’ll admit it, I love California rolls–tasty crab-infused kani, crunchy cucumbers, and fatty avocado wrapped in a rice and seaweed roll. Even though I mostly eat traditional nigiri these days, I loved eating California rolls as a kid, and it’s where my love of sushi started. This recipe has some tips and tricks to get you started on your sushi…

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Shrimp Tempura Recipe

Light and crispy tendrils of fried goodness in each bite, who can say no to shrimp tempura? After ordering shrimp tempura so many times at restaurants and savoring the delicious crunchy exterior, I couldn’t resist making it at home. This easy and quick shrimp tempura recipe will have your guests coming back for more. History of tempura Interestingly, tempura was…

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Spicy Tuna Roll Recipe (w/ Kewpie & Sriracha)

There’s something so satisfying about making and eating spicy tuna rolls at home. These delicately wrapped bites of tuna, soft rice, and crisp nori will melt in your mouth, but also give you a subtle kick of heat with the addition of Kewpie and sriracha. While the origin of the spicy tuna roll is not well documented (some say it…

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Chicken Phở Recipe (Easy Vietnamese Phở Gà)

Aside from bánh mì, phở is the other smash hit that put Vietnamese cuisine on the map in America and around the globe. It’s a humble soup that uses affordable ingredients and turns them into a flavorful and aromatic food staple. This is something I grew up eating as a kid at home, and at the phở restaurant my parents…

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Bò Lúc Lắc Recipe (Vietnamese Shaking Beef)

Seared, fatty ribeye with aromatic onions paired with the sweet and citric flavors of tomato rice. Can you feel your mouth watering? Bò lúc lắc is a very accessible dish because it has the familiar taste of steak and onions with a twist. It’s most popularly called “shaking beef,” but makes more sense as “shaken beef” to me (because it’s…

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Chicken Karaage Recipe (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Try to say “karaage” without salivating just a little. These little nuggets of chicken simultaneously give you a satisfying crunch on the outside and juicy tenderness on the inside. I love all variations of fried chicken whether that is southern or Korean fried chicken, but this Japanese variety is mind blowing. I can eat this for 5 days straight and…

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Crispy Belgian Waffles Recipe

Please take my word for it, that these Belgian waffles are the crispiest waffles I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying. Yes they look normal on the outside, but they are SO crispy that I almost feel they aren’t waffles. Just, trust. My generous friend and her generous family are so kind to invite us into their home, and on…

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Bò Kho Recipe (Vietnamese Beef Stew)

Vietnamese bò kho (beef stew) is packed with tender, fall-apart braised chunks of beef loaded with herbs, aromatics and a delicious broth that will have you coming back with more Vietnamese baguette! Similar to thịt kho, this slow braise / stew is easy to make, and the longer you cook it the softer the meat gets. It’s an incredibly satisfying…

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Mì Khô Xá Xíu Recipe (Vietnamese Dry Noodles w/Char Siu Pork)

This mì khô recipe, aka dry egg noodles, is one of those amazing comfort foods that somehow just always hits the spot. The bulk of the bowl is egg noodles with a concentrated seasoning (that you don’t get in the soupy version!), flavor infused xa xiu/char siu pork, fresh scallions, crisp bean sprouts, a side of hot soup broth with…

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