Braised Pork Spare Ribs with Quail Eggs (Suon Ram Man)

My girls are big fans of pork ribs.  We generally smoke and BBQ our ribs, but last week I introduced them to another method for cooking ribs; braising.  There are two steps in braising meat.  First, you sear the meat on high heat to lock in the juices and to create the beautiful color on … Continue reading Braised Pork Spare Ribs with Quail Eggs (Suon Ram Man)

Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Udon Noodle Soup (Banh Canh)

When you think of popular Vietnamese noodle soups, what's the first thing that pops up in your head?  Pho, right?  Well, in Phu Quoc, my parents' hometown in Vietnam, Banh Canh, a.k.a. Vietnamese Udon Noodle Soup is king.  This is what I remember seeing most people eat on a daily basis when I visited Phu … Continue reading Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Udon Noodle Soup (Banh Canh)

Broken Rice with Pork Chops and Egg (Com Tam Thit Nuong)

Cơm Tấm, or Broken Rice, is the name of a Vietnamese dish prepared using a Jasmine rice that is crushed into finer pieces during the milling process.  You can buy prepackaged broken rice at the Asian grocery store.There are quite a few fantastic Vietnamese restaurants in San Jose dedicated to serving Cơm Tấm.  I always … Continue reading Broken Rice with Pork Chops and Egg (Com Tam Thit Nuong)

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 Caramelized Braised Pork and Eggs (Thit Kho Trung)

Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon)

Gỏi Cuốn, directly translated to English as Salad Roll, is one of the freshest, simple, delicious, and popular appetizers ordered at Vietnamese restaurants.  However, at my house, Gỏi Cuốn is commonly served as a full meal, family-style. All the fresh ingredients are prepared in advance and placed on the dinner table. When it's time to … Continue reading Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon)