Pickled Bean Sprouts (Dua Gia)

Every Tet, or Lunar New Year, I make a big container of Pickled Bean Sprouts to enjoy with all the Tet food specialties that are available during Tet.  It is the perfect accompaniment for all the braised and savory dishes, like Thit Kho Trung, Banh Chung, and Banh Tet eaten during Tet.  You can also... 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 →

Tomato Pepper Tofu (Dau Hu Sot Ca Chua)

Season 2 of Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam aired a few months ago on the Cooking Channel.  If you have not watched his show before, you should check it out.  I love the cinematography of Vietnam scenery and food.  It makes me want to visit Vietnam again so bad!  Anyway, this Tomato Pepper Tofu recipe is another... Continue Reading →

Vegetarian Chow Mein

Last night I hosted hotpot night at my house and had tons of left over noodles and bok choy.  Since the noodles were ready to cook, I went to the grocery store and picked up some tofu, Shitake mushrooms, and vegetables to make a quick Vegetarian Chow Mein.  I was excited about using dried Shitake... Continue Reading →

Vegetarian Noodle Soup (Pho Chay)

Wow, I have not had any postings since the end of November!  Hopefully, I can start testing new dishes again and post more frequently this summer. Vegetarian Pho is delicious. The best thing about this recipe is it is super easy to make and takes much less cooking time than making regular Beef Pho.  For the "meat"... Continue Reading →

Tofu Burger

I think I've mentioned in a previous blog that I've been practicing vegetarianism, 10 days a month, since I was about 9 years old.  I remember when I first started this vegetarianism thing, my mom always tried to make vegetarian food seem like it was real meat so we can eat it.  I didn't really... Continue Reading →

Tofu and Asparagus Stir Fry

I grew up eating tofu and never quite understood why people didn't like tofu and call it gross and nasty.  Tofu is one of most versatile foods to cook with, tasty if prepared right and really good for you.  Tofu is also low in calories, low in fat, contains iron and packed with 8-9 grams... Continue Reading →

Vegetarian Tacos and Burritos

Yes, you read the title right...Vegetarian Tacos and Burritos.  For those of you don't know, I practice vegetarianism 10 days a month.  That is 1/3 of a month without any red meats, seafood, and chicken.Lately, I've been trying to be more creative with cooking vegetarian food instead of just cooking tofu stir-fry all the time. ... Continue Reading →

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