stacks of banh kep

Bánh Kẹp Recipe – Pandan Pizzelles

It’s a dirty trick ice cream shops use to churn out fresh waffle cones, luring unsuspecting passers by with the aroma. The smell is amazing and often makes me forget about the original reason for visiting the shop. This bánh kẹp lá dứa recipe from my beloved mom will let you fill your home with that same aroma and put…

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A cup of che chuoi ready to eat!

Vietnamese Banana, Coconut & Tapioca Dessert (Chè Chuối)

Chè chuối is a warm, Vietnamese pudding-like dessert featuring bananas and rich coconut cream. You can easily make this at home in less than an hour! Chè in Vietnamese, refers to sweet desserts which are liquid such as drinks, pudding, or even types of ‘soup.’ So chè chuối you could say is a type of pudding, made of coconut cream, tapioca pearls and bananas.…

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Pandan Sticky Rice Recipe (Xoi La Dua)

This pandan sticky rice dessert, or xoi la dua, is great blend of sweet, salty, and nutty flavors. Glutinous rice is used for this, not just regular rice that you can make sticky! The main flavor comes from pandan leaves, which is found in many Vietnamese desserts. These leaves have a wonderful, intoxicating aroma I’d say is a contender among my other favorites like…

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Bánh Cam Recipe (Vietnamese Sesame Balls)

My grandmother is a child raising machine. As if raising nine of her own kids wasn’t enough of a challenge, she had her hands in raising almost all of the grand-kids too. Between cleaning up our messes and playing referee to our disputes, it seemed like she never skipped a beat in the kitchen. In the very rare cases something wasn’t bubbling…

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Champorado (Filipino Chocolate Rice Pudding) Recipe

Champorado is a 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 here,…

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