all varieties of bottled vinegar

Vinegar Substitutes

What is vinegar? Many of us are familiar with vinegar and its status as a fundamental ingredient in the kitchen, but have you ever questioned what exactly it is? Quite simply, the term “vinegar” is from the French term “vin aigre,” which means sour wine. Vinegar is made when you take a food source with sugar (think grapes, honey, or…

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sriracha mayo and a burger

Sriracha Mayo Recipe

Spicy, sweet, and fatty–is there really anything else to say about spicy mayo, the hotter cousin of mayonnaise. Maybe it’s the added sriracha helps give heat to burgers and fries, or sushi, but this sauce amps up any dish.  You can find spicy mayo in so many different places these days; from American restaurants selling trendy lobster rolls or spicy,…

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glass of che Thai with coconut

Chè Thái Recipe (Vietnamese Fruit Cocktail)

A spoonful of sweet lychee bites, jackfruit slices, chewy jellies, and ice cold coconut milk, sounds refreshing doesn’t it? Chè Thái is more than just a sweet soup or fruit cocktail, it’s a dessert that packs in a lot of flavor in just one bite. Luckily, this dessert is super simple to make because the use of canned tropical fruit…

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Crispy Fried Tofu Recipe

This is some of the crispiest fried tofu you’ll ever try. I’ve often ordered crispy tofu at our local Szechuan restaurants and wanted to know how to get that perfectly fried outer layer, and this recipe finally shows you how! In general, tofu is soybean milk and water cooked with a salt-based or acidic coagulant. Once they are cooked together,…

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crispy oven roasted brussels sprouts

Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

These sweet and tangy roasted Brussels sprouts with balsamic reduction are packed with flavor and topped with an extra crunch of sesame seeds and nori. If you want a healthy veggie side dish for dinner, these Brussels sprouts are great any time of the week. Roasted vs. fried Of course there are many ways to cook Brussels sprouts, like our…

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3 glasses of coconut coffee

Ice-Blended Vietnamese Coconut Coffee Recipe

Fresh brewed Vietnamese coffee topped with icy hills of sweet and frothy coconut slush. Is your mouth watering because mine is? Ice-blended Vietnamese coconut coffee is much more than just a caffeine rush, it’s a nice pick me up best eaten for any time of the day. I first found out about Vietnamese coconut coffee during my most recent trip…

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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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bowl of pho ga

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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Viet shaken beef / bo luc lac

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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draining fried brussels sprouts

Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts Recipe

These Brussels sprouts are not your everyday roasted sprouts, these are DEEP FRIED, and that’s what makes them super duper crispy. No, these are not the most healthy greens to eat for dinner, but if you want an extra crunch as a side these are perfect! These crispy Brussels sprouts taste more in-line with a healthier version of potato chips…

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chicken karaage plates

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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glasses of thai iced tea

Thai Iced Tea Recipe (Easy Homemade Thai Tea)

I almost always NEED to order Thai iced tea when we eat Thai food. If you’ve ever had the chance to try Thai iced tea, you know this orange-colored, sweet concoction is best served cold with lots and lots of ice. Ordering this refreshing drink goes hand in hand with all the spicy and delicious entrees we order at Thai…

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