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.  There … 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)

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

Oven Roasted Salmon Spring Roll Party

I follow many foodie accounts on Instagram and about a year ago, a few ladies prepared this baked salmon dish and made spring rolls with their family and friends.  The pictures looked super mouth-watering and were ridiculously easy to make. The dish also includes some of my favorite toppings on fish.  I think that the … Continue reading Oven Roasted Salmon Spring Roll Party