Bò kho – Vietnamese beef stew

I often disappointed everytime I took my friends to a Vietnamese restaurant. My friend always wanted to try the bò kho but I never wanted to recommend it to then because those bò Kho at the restaurants cannot even hold a candle to our family recipe. So I told my friend that I will cook…

Bún bò Huế – Spicy beef soup of Huế

Phở is very popular around the world but Búb bò Huế is a more excited dish that equally popular in Vietnam. Bbh is the finest art of using the ingredients represent the Vietnamese cooking and Southern Asia cooking. From the fragrance of lemongrass, the combination of garlic and chillies to the unami flavor of fish…

Galbi Jjim – spicy braised short ribs at Sun Nong Dan

Sub Nong Dan is famous for their Galbi Jjim – spicy braised short ribs. Jonathan Gold loved it so much, he listed it in LA 101 list of restaurant. The short ribs were braised in soy sauce, cooking wine, onion, carrot, potatoes, rice cake and Korean spicy sauce, until they were tender and fall of…

30 – minutes Vietnamese beef salad!

My Mom used to make this dish for us when she wanted us to eat our salad. This salad is a whole meal by itself including meat, veggies and served with rice. The Vietnamese salad dressing is very light and low in calories compared to the Westerner dressings. For the meat, we used thin slide…

Kim Thai Food

I’ve been complaining about haven’t able to find an authentic Thai salad, the kind which I had so many time in Thailand and Cambodia. And Buddha heard my praying. One of my coworker who grew up in Thailand and Lao promised to show me his favourite secret place which has very good and authentic Thai-Lao…

Vietnamese coffee – an introduction

I came from a family which has a tradition of running a coffee shop. My grandma coffee shop was the most famous in town at the time American soldiers were hanging out on Sai Gon street, like in the movie Full Metal Jacket. My Dad now is running his own coffee shop which is selling…

Wonton soup with available Japanese ingredients!

I happened to live in a Japanese town and near to a Japanese market. I cook all type of foods from Vietnamese to Italian. I grew up eating my Mom’s Vietnamese Chinese wonton soup and my family loves that dish a lot so I cook it often. But the Chinese market is far away and…