Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

I never thought I’d be craving a vegetable soup. Until now. In fact, I have strong memories as a kid, really hating the taste of tomatoes. Tomatoes even in a burgers were crossing the line. During my weekly piano lessons, my teacher would throw back a little bottle of V8 vegetable juice, leaving her breath with the wretched smell of

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egg roll and noodles with dipping sauce

Vietnamese Egg Rolls & Rice Noodles Recipe (Bún Chả Giò)

Snacking on chả giò (egg rolls) plain is fine if you’re in a rush, but sometimes I need something more substantial. Plus I get to pat myself on the back for actually eating some greens. Bún chả giò is one good way to handle that. The bowl is lined with fresh shredded lettuce at the bottom, then topped with just rice vermicelli and

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nước chấm / Vietnamese fish dipping sauce bowl

Vietnamese Fish Sauce Recipe (Nước Chấm)

Getting the hang of making this Vietnamese dipping sauce (nước chấm) is an important step to making your cuisine just right. Since it’s just about everywhere in Vietnamese cooking, it’s simply referred to as “dipping sauce”. This is a dipping sauce I grew up with as a kid, with mom and grandma making this pretty often, for the dishes that

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crispy egg roll plate

Vietnamese Egg Rolls Recipe (Chả Giò)

My mom is a great cook and a very generous person. Her keen sense of taste and relentless persistence allows her to fine-tune recipes until they’re worthy of sharing. It was mom and grandma’s cooking that made their home the gathering point for lunch and dinner multiple times a week. Additionally, she readily and happily contributes large quantities of home-cooked food for family

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mo hanh / scallion in oil condiment in a plate

Vietnamese Scallions & Oil Garnish Recipe (Mỡ Hành)

This is a simple garnish of scallion and oil for Vietnamese foods. It’s found on a lot of dishes such as bún chả giò (egg rolls with noodles), thịt nướng (grilled pork), bánh hỏi, sườn nướng (pork chops), bánh bèo, cơm tấm bì and many others. So it goes very well with grilled meats or rice noodle dishes. What is it?

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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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