Canh Rau Den (Vietnamese Amaranth Soup)

Every time I eat canh, I think back on some of the best childhood food memories I have of mom cooking my favorite family-style meals for dinner.  The traditional family-style meals we ate always included at least one savory braised protein dish, a bowl of hearty green canh, and a pot of freshly cooked steamed… Continue Reading →

Chrysanthemum Soup (Canh Tan O)

In my house, I always stress the importance of eating veggies.  I do this all the time to the girls, without trying to be annoying of course. Why? Because it is healthy for you and it helps you POOP! The girls have bought into this belief and blame lack of veggies for any bad poops… Continue Reading →

Gà Muối ớt Chiên (Fried Salted Chicken)

Gà muối ớt chiên, fried salt, and chili chicken is the perfect protein to serve for Vietnamese family-style meals which include steamed jasmine rice, canh (Vietnamese soups), and/or stir-fried veggies. So quick, simple, and flavor-packed. My mom made something very similar with pork belly, but chicken is the healthier option and still packed with so… Continue Reading →

Vietnamese Braised Catfish (Cá Kho Tộ)

One of my favorite family-style meal dishes is Cá Kho Tộ, Vietnamese braised catfish. The braised catfish is savory and sweet from the fish sauce and sugar marinade and simmered to a rich and sticky icky goodness. The fish tastes super flavorful, delicate, and tender and soaks up all the flavors from the marinade. So… Continue Reading →

Vegetarian Broth

If you’re in a time crunch and don’t have time and/or energy to simmer chicken/beef/pork bones for 4-6 hours, this recipe allows you to still extract tons of fresh flavor from a few fruits and vegetables to create a robust veggie broth in a fraction of the time.  This vegetarian broth serves as the base… Continue Reading →

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