Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Last summer, I experimented with different robust seasonings and zesty marinades for grilled shrimp. The cilantro lime marinade for this recipe instantly became a family favorite and also enjoyed by everyone that tasted it. The cilantro lime marinade contains fresh classic Mexican flavors. The herbaceous cilantro and tart lime juice brighten up the succulent shrimp … Continue reading Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp

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 … Continue reading Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Udon Noodle Soup (Banh Canh)

Stir Fried Beef and Shrimp with Vermicelli Noodles (Bun Bo va Tom Xao)

After the Bò Nướng Vĩ/ Bò Nhúng Dấm Spring Roll Party, there were tons of extra uncooked beef, shrimp, and veggies. I don't mind the left overs because there are so many things you can do with it for subsequent meals. Simply bring a pot water to a boil, cook the Vermicelli Noodles according to the … Continue reading Stir Fried Beef and Shrimp with Vermicelli Noodles (Bun Bo va Tom Xao)

Tamarind Shrimp

Helllllllllo Holiday Season!  This year, I have already participated in  4 Thanksgiving gatherings over a span of 3 days.  I will have one more later this week.  I can't wait.  These gatherings provide me many opportunities  to try new exciting recipes or simply work on perfecting dishes I've created before. With this Tamarind Shrimp recipe, … Continue reading Tamarind Shrimp

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)

Vietnamese Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup (Canh Kho Qua)

I never knew researching bitter melon could be so interesting and informative. Besides being just a bitter vegetable, I learned that there are health benefits eating bitter melon which includes helping improve diabetic and toxemia conditions.  It is also known for being good for your skin and is packed with tons of nutrients and minerals.  … Continue reading Vietnamese Stuffed Bitter Melon Soup (Canh Kho Qua)