Tôm Kho Tàu (Vietnamese Braised Shrimp)

Tôm Kho Tàu always makes me think about my parents. Mom always made this using big water prawns when I was a kid. It was saved for special occasions because fresh water prawns are so expensive. Since I always ate too much, Mom always added smaller shrimp to it so I can enjoy more. For... 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 →

Korean Spicy Pork (Jeyuk Bokkeum)

On restaurant menus, I've seen Korean Spicy Pork identified with various names like Jeyuk Bokkeum, Dweji Bulgogi, and even just Spicy Pork Bulgogi.  I would love to know the actual name of the dish if anybody knows! Whatever the name of this amazing dish is, Korean spicy pork is probably my favorite Korean dish of... Continue Reading →

BBQ Chicken Adobo

Back in 2015, I learned how to make Chicken Adobo and it's been a dish we make pretty regularly at home.  The salty, sweet, and tart flavors of the dish is super addicting.  Flavor bomb in every bite! On a hot summer night, the girls requested Chicken Adobo for dinner the following night.  I had... Continue Reading →

Vietnamese Braised Lemongrass Beef

When I was a kid, Mom used to make Bò Kho Sả Ớt for me all the time.  She braised the tender and flavorful beef over low heat for a long time and the mouth-watering smell of the fragrant lemongrass and fish sauce spread throughout our house.  When it was time to eat, the succulent... Continue Reading →

Caramelized Braised Pork and Eggs (Thit Kho Trung)

Tết, or Lunar New Year, is the most popular and exciting Vietnamese holiday during the year. A few weeks prior to Tết, Vietnamese shopping centers are flooded with vendors selling beautiful flowers, festive decorations, illegal firecrackers, and distinct Vietnamese specialty food available only during Tết. I hate large crowds but love shopping during Tet.  Trust... Continue Reading →

Chicken Adobo

Known to a few of my friends and family as Chicken "Ado-Bao," this is my take on a Filipino and Hawaiian classic, Chicken Adobo. A few years ago, I started to notice that Chicken Adobo was served at the majority of Filipino Parties I've attended. I asked a dear friend of mine to teach me... Continue Reading →


I love my Costco dutch oven.  I bought one from Costco about 6 months ago, but never really had a chance to use it until NOW!  I saw this recipe prepared on an episode of America's Test Kitchen (ATK) and found it in my ATK cookbook.I think carnitas are hit or miss and depending on... Continue Reading →

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