How to Cook Tapioca Pearls

Tapioca pearls, or boba, are translucent and sweet pops of goodness that give drinks and desserts an extra chewy bite. While I love asking, “Boba?” after every meal, I also like to cook these at home since it’s pretty easy and worth it if you’re making drinks for a group of people. Where to start If you have white boba,…

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How To Cook Rice in a Rice Cooker

Once you learn how to cook rice in a rice cooker, it will be dead simple to repeat for consistent, fluffy and delicious rice every time. Hands off too! Simply rinse the rice, use a 1:1 ratio of water to rice, start the machine and you’re good to go. For more details about the reasons ‘why’, read on! I first…

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Chè Ba Màu – Vietnamese Three Color Dessert

Chè ba màu is a refreshing ice slush, with a contrast of soft beans and bouncy jelly bites and topped with layers of rich coconut sauce. You can make all the layers ahead of time and combine them when you’re craving a refreshing and sweet dessert. Chè ba màu in Vietnamese translates to “three color dessert,” and is similar to…

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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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Pâté Chaud Recipe (Patê Sô / Vietnamese Meat Pastries)

Pâté chaud, or bánh patê sô, is a flaky, buttery, and piping hot savory meat pie that goes great with a cup of Vietnamese coffee. This is similar to the popular Australian hand pies. They are the perfect on the go snack and this recipe gives you fresh pâté chaud at home that you can share with friends and family…

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How To Use Chopsticks (The Most Optimal Way)

I’m not sure if there’s a ‘correct’ way to use chopsticks, but there’s definitely an optimal way to do it. Don’t get me wrong, most people I know make up their own way to do it and they’ve gotten by just fine for decades. However, if you’re new to the chopstick game or simply want to improve your skills, there’s…

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What are pandan leaves? & Pandan extract recipe

In most parts of Asia, pandan is a well-known aromatic ingredient in dishes ranging from savory to sweet. Pandan leaves have a unique sweet and The pandan plant is a type of screwpine plant that is native to South and Southeast Asia. These leaves are similar in appearance to palm leaves for it’s long and narrow size and green color.…

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What is PFOA? Does PFOA-Free Cookware Matter?

Your trusty omelette pan starts showing some age. Let’s face it, you’ve been needing to replace it for a long time now. You’ve seen new pan technologies pop up and wanted to dedicate some time to shop around and “do some research.” Boy oh boy. There’s a lot to know, and maybe not so much you need to know. We’ll…

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Pandan Waffle Recipe (Bánh Kẹp Lá Dứa)

Any waffle lover can attest to the intoxicating aroma of waffles hot off the iron. This pandan waffle recipe takes it up a notch (and in a Vietnamese / southeast Asian direction) with its sweet aroma of pandan, rich coconutty taste, chewy mochi center, and a crispy outer texture. What to expect with these waffles Not to be confused with…

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What is Oyster Sauce? & Substitute Suggestions

What is oyster sauce? My very first introduction to oyster sauce was Chinese Broccoli at a dim sum restaurant. Oyster sauce coats these substantial stems like a shimmery viscous blanket, balancing its steamy neutralness with a blend of umami and sweet. Not only is it the cosmically perfect accompaniment to Kai-lan (aka Chinese Broccoli), oyster sauce is often used for…

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