a jar of Vietnamese do chua / pickles

Vietnamese Pickled Carrots & Daikon Radish Recipe (Đồ Chua)

If you’ve had Vietnamese food, you’ve probably at some point caught a whiff of these pungent Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikon. These are what you find inside Vietnamese bánh mì but also served on the side for various other recipes too. Sometimes you’ll see it extremely heavy on the carrots with almost no daikon, but I like it with the…

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string beans with garlic & hoisin sauce

String Beans With Garlic & Hoisin Sauce

For a quick side dish, sometimes I like to saute some green beans. This is like a side dish you find at many Chinese restaurants except the green beans are swapped out for the thinner string beans, which I was just in the mood for. Other variations of this side dish which I still want to try out include oyster…

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Lu Rou Fan Recipe (Taiwanese Stewed Pork with Hard-Boiled Eggs)

Lu rou fan, or stewed pork with rice, is a very common dish in Taiwan. The pork is seasoned and stewed until very tender and served over rice. Meat that’s stewed like this is fork-tender, something I really like. It’s a simple and satisfying dish considered comfort food by many. It is very similar to the Vietnamese thit heo kho in…

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bowl of champorado

Champorado (Filipino Chocolate Rice Pudding) Recipe

Champorado is a delicious kind of chocolate rice pudding eaten in the Philippines. This is not to be confused with the Mexican champurrado, which is more of a hot chocolate drink. I had a roommate a while back that was freaking out with excitement when she discovered a pot of this was cooking up in the kitchen. It’s a rare treat around…

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crispy sweet potato fries

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries Recipe (Deep Fried)

Sweet potato fries, when done right, are INCREDIBLE. Two favorites that come to mind that I’ve eaten a lot are the sweet potato fries at Veggie Grill and Native Foods. These fries are well-seasoned with a light and crisp outer layer, with a fluffy and almost creamy center. I’m so excited (after failing so many times) to have a method…

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Filipino pork shoulder soup with rice

Filipino Pork Stew w/ Mixed Vegetables (Linat-Ang Baboy)

I was first introduced to this Filipino pork stew with veggies by my girlfriend’s mom, who is always juggling multiple dishes in the kitchen. Linat-ang baboy is a dish commonly eaten in Cebu. It’s a pretty simple stew with pork base (I like pork belly or ribs), flavored with garlic and onion, and loaded up with vegetables and kabocha squash.…

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basil pesto with pasta recipe

Easy Garlic Basil Pesto Recipe

Basil is one of those foods that I reaaaally love the smell of. It’s one of those scents at the market that always catches my attention. Basil is up there on the list with bread, pandan leaves, and beer. This recipe is an easy, classic Italian basil pesto recipe you can whip up quickly in a food processor. Just make…

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yummy pad Thai

Pad Thai Recipe

This dish is one I love because it’s packed with flavor and color. I’ve been eating this for a while now and never considered how to cook Pad Thai. I decided to give it a go (or four)! After dancing with this recipe for a while I learned a few things. There are very many recipes for Pad Thai available…

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Quinoa with Black Beans and Corn

I was searching for a healthy, vegetarian alternative to the meals I usually eat when I stumbled upon this recipe. I absolutely love this dish because it tastes great and it’s quick and easy to make. It’s also pretty healthy too. Quinoa is a superfood–It’s king of the grains in terms of protein content, a whole grain, and gluten-free. It’s…

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Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

This tasty pumpkin pancake recipe is a simple and delicious choice for Fall. Mix up your morning routine a bit for this recipe that smells great even before you cook. There were a lot of ingredients for this recipe that I did not have, so I to did a quick supermarket run. The original recipe actually calls for ground ginger…

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How To Cut Kabocha Squash

Kabocha squash is a winter squash that I like to keep around for various recipes. I mostly use this in soups and stews, but you can do a lot of other things with this lil guy. When it’s more orange on the outside the flesh will be more red inside and it is sweeter. However, when it’s green outside, the…

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ga kho / Vietnamese caramelized chicken

Gà Kho Recipe (Vietnamese Caramelized Chicken)

Gà kho is an aromatic, sweet, spicy, and pungent yet balanced combination of flavors that pair amazingly well with chicken. It’s quite easy to make too! I’ve had the chance to try different recipes of ga kho back at home. When I think about thịt kho (dishes with caramelized meats) from my family’s meals, it covers a lot of dishes.…

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