Fish Sauce and Pepper BBQ Chicken

When I was a kid, one of my favorite chicken dishes my mom made was gà nước mắm, tiêu, đường.  Literally translated to chicken with fish sauce, pepper, and sugar.  Mom pan-fried the chicken leaving a beautiful fish sauce smell all over the house.  The chicken skin crisped up and the meat was juicy and … Continue reading Fish Sauce and Pepper BBQ Chicken

Vietnamese Braised Lemongrass Chicken

When I was a kid, my mom braised lemongrass chicken pretty frequently.  She used to buy whole chickens from the store, cut it up into bite-sized pieces, and braised in fish sauce and coconut juice until most of the juices evaporate and tons of flavors get absorbed inside each chicken piece.  I remember enjoying the … Continue reading Vietnamese Braised Lemongrass Chicken

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)