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…

Bottega Louie – my sweet tooth fairy

I discovered this Italian restaurant and bakery when I took the train to work. It is right by the train station so I couldn’t help stopping by every morning to get a cappuccino and pastries for breakfast and it always made my train commute less boring. If you drive by Bottega Louie, you may think…

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…

Vietnamese Dessserts – Mekong Delta Area

There are many tasty desserts in Vietnam, from the North to the South. Because Vietnam shares the borders with China, Laos, and Cambodia, therefore, the character of the desserts are changing from the North to the South. On the trip to Vietnam this summer, I was able to sample many tasty desserts in the Mekong…

Marugame Monzo – Handmade udon

Who doesn’t love freshly made pasta, noodle or udon? Marugame Monzo in Little Tokyo is the only place in LA that you can enjoy a bowl of udon just right after it was made and watch the chef handmade your order with so much love, sweat, and muscle. If you can, request the seat by…

Phú Quốc island – Vietnam

  Phú Quốc island – “Phú Quốc is a Vietnamese island off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. It’s known for white-sand beaches and resorts, most of which are along the palm-lined southwest coast. More than half of the island is part of Phú Quốc National Park, which features mountains, dense tropical jungle,…