Chinese BBQ Pork (Xa Xiu / Char Siu)

California weather has been perfect this week.  We've been blessed with high 70 degree weather and plenty of sunshine..perfect start to the first week of daylight savings time change.  This weather got me super excited for all the planned and/or impromptu BBQ sessions I'll be having in the upcoming months with my family and friends. … Continue reading Chinese BBQ Pork (Xa Xiu / Char Siu)

Stir-fried Water Spinach with Garlic (Rau Muong Xao Toi)

The entree ain't as good without something on the side, ya know? Every time I hear these beautiful rap lyrics from Fabolous, I think about Rau Muống Xào Tỏi, the perfect Vietnamese side dish.  Fabolous might be talking about something else in the song, but it makes me daydream about delicious, nutritious, and tasty Rau … Continue reading Stir-fried Water Spinach with Garlic (Rau Muong Xao Toi)

Fried Lemongrass Tofu (Dau Hu Muoi Sa Chien)

In 1990, my parents became really religious after my grandfather died and started following Caodaism religiously.  My dad started reading countless Cao Dai books and spent most of his days listening to Cao Dai teachings on his cassette player.  My parents met some people from a Cao Dai temple and started taking us to the Cao … Continue reading Fried Lemongrass Tofu (Dau Hu Muoi Sa Chien)