Instant Pot Bún Bò Huế (Huế Beef Noodle Soup)

As a busy working dad, I don't usually have 6-8 hours to make Bún Bò Huế the normal way so decided to pick up the ingredients and make it in the Instant Pot. No lie, it still took about 2-3 hours including prep work, but still, more than half the normal time was shaved by... Continue Reading →

Vietnamese Fish Porridge (Cháo Cá)

I didn't enjoy eating Cháo Cá until I visited Vietnam in 2006 and had a mind-blowing Cháo Cá experience in my parents' hometown. I remember chillin at the night market with my cousins and getting a bowl of flavorful Cháo Cá loaded with tender flaky fish, spicy pepper, and toppings. Something about that experience made... Continue Reading →

Vietnamese Peanut Dipping Sauce

This basic hoisin peanut sauce is the perfect dipping sauce for all your favorite fresh spring rolls! I love this sauce because it's super eazy to make and is made with peanut butter and just a few common Asian pantry condiments. It’s sweet, spicy, salty, and super creamy. If you’re a peanut butter fan, this... Continue Reading →

Smoked Turkey

Over the past few years, smoking turkeys have been the preferred method of cooking the Thanksgiving turkey. The subtle smoke from the fruitwood use penetrates through the turkey and takes the taste of the turkey to the next level. I generally add a few chunks of cherry wood, but applewood works great too.To make the... Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving Side Dishes 2021

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is in less than a week! I’m excited to reunite with family, relatives, and friends during this holiday season to catch up and get drunnnnnnk. For today’s #tbt post, I’m posting recipes for a few of my essential Thanksgiving side dishes I make each year for Thanksgiving: Roasted Garlic Truffle Mashed... Continue Reading →

Sweet and Sour Pork

East Lake Chinese Restaurant is my favorite Chinese restaurant in San Jose serving up the best Cantonese-style dishes. I’ve been wanting to recreate some of my favorite dishes from there and recently the girls picked Sweet and Sour Pork because they love the dish.Sweet and Sour Pork was pretty eazy to make and even though... Continue Reading →

Galbi Korean-Style Beef Short Ribs

Galbi, Korean Style Beef Short Ribs, is one of the girls' favorite Korean dishes, and a dish that they often order when we eat at Korean restaurants. They love the savory and sweet taste, meaty and tender texture, and the chewy delicious texture around the bone of the beef short ribs. It also smells incredible!... Continue Reading →

Sizzling Beef Udon

I love the sound of food cooking on a sizzling plate! I think that is one of the reasons I love eating at Pepper Lunch so much. I recently bought myself a sizzling plate a few months ago from a local restaurant supply store and recreated the always delicious sizzling beef udon at home for... Continue Reading →

Vietnamese Braised Catfish (Cá Kho Tộ)

One of my favorite family-style meal dishes is Cá Kho Tộ, Vietnamese braised catfish. The braised catfish is savory and sweet from the fish sauce and sugar marinade and simmered to a rich and sticky icky goodness. The fish tastes super flavorful, delicate, and tender and soaks up all the flavors from the marinade. So... Continue Reading →

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