Cambodian Lemongrass Grilled Chicken Wings

Sometimes I really do surprise myself when I come up with a super simple and easy dinner! And the best part, my whole family devours it, I’m talking about my husband and my 2 toddlers! Nothing makes me happier than seeing my family enjoy my cooking. This recipe is normally used for beef skewers, but I adapted it for chicken wings. Especially since my husband and I bought a few pounds from Costco. I loved grilling them, it gave the wings the perfect char and added that extra smokey flavor.…

Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps

I’ve made crispy skin pork belly many times and it’s one dish that I absolutely love. The key here is getting a really good piece of pork belly, there has to be a perfect amount of meat to fat ratio. And yes, I’m that person standing at the meat counter asking to examine multiple pieces of pork belly until I find my perfect one! When I make pork belly, I always want a side of rice or noodles to accompany it. This month however, carbs are not an option. So…

Cambodian Stir Fried Clams – Cha Leah

It’s smack dab in the middle of the humid summer here in DC. And when I say humid and hot, I mean every word of it! Summers here are almost unbearable. One of the joys I do find in this heat is the abundance of yummy seafood. I don’t know why, but heat makes me want to eat seafood! I think it’s because of my early memories of going to Yorktown with my family in the summertime to fish, go crabbing and find clams. As a young girl, it was…

Cambodian Ratatouille (Samlaw Koko)

Since having our son, my husband and I have made it a point to introduce him to both of our cuisines, Vietnamese and Cambodian. And since my mom lives 2 hours from us, it’s really hard for me to learn recipes directly from her. But I am very nostalgic and miss the flavors of home and really want to give it a good effort to make traditional Cambodian cuisine in my own kitchen! So with a combination of searching for recipes online and calling my mom to get her version,…

Chicken and Lime Soup

The day started off with a wintry mix and I’m feeling a little under the weather. So when it comes to dinner time, I really wanted some good ole comfort food that my mom used to make to lift up my spirits. Not wanting to venture out on the roads, I looked to what I had already on hand. Lucky for me, I had stopped at MOM’s Organic market a few weeks ago and had a whole chicken sitting around. I’ve made my mom’s chicken and lime soup before, but feel as…

Num Banh Xeo – Khmer Meat Crepes

My mom always makes these crepes (thin pancakes) during the summer when her vegetable garden is in full bloom with fresh baby lettuce and herbs. Over the weekend, I had a huge craving and decided to call her up and ask her to walk through the recipe with me. I’m quite impressed with myself that I attempted this on my own! And for my first try, I think it turned out pretty well. Cambodian crepes tend to be very thin and soft in texture, quite different from the Vietnamese version, which…

Lemongrass and Garlic Shrimp

I’m trying to add a bit more diversity in our dinners and tonight I made a dish I remember my dad making when I was younger. Nothing says easy to me more than a quick shrimp saute. The key to this dish is getting the sauce correct. My dad would make this using shrimp with the head and shell still on. I remember how much fun it was getting my fingers sticky and enjoying the delicious sauce! But for this version, I decided to remove the head and peel the…

Vegetable Stir Fried Noodles

It’s suppose to be tofu Tuesday in our house, but I just can’t seem to figure out a good tofu dinner for tonight. So to still honor our meatless dinner, I decided to make one of my mom’s quick and easy stir fry meals. She always adds ground pork and dried shrimp. I just opted for a version with more veggies. Serving Size: 2 Cook Time: 5 minutes Ingredients: 8 oz bean thread noodles 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 small onion, quartered 6 oz dried shitake mushrooms, cut into pieces…

Caramelized Shrimp and Pork Belly

After running errands yesterday, I was really craving some good ole comfort food that my mom used to make when I was younger. I just wanted something that would go along with a delicious bowl of hot brown rice. So I decided to saute up some pork belly and shrimp. Serving Size: 2 Cook Time: 20 minutes 1/2 lb pork belly, thinly sliced 1/2 tbsp fish sauce 1/2 tbsp sugar 1 shallot, finely minced 1/2 cup water 1/2 lb medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined freshly ground pepper In a…

Quick and Easy Lemongrass Stir-Fried Chicken

My mother in law has made this dish for me countless times; she loves the recipe because it’s so simple and quick, yet really tasty! I haven’t been able to get the real recipe from her, so I decided to make my own variation. Cook time: 10 minutes Serving Size: 2 Ingredients: 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs 2 lemongrass stalks, finely mince only the green stalk 1 tsp red curry paste dash of salt 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil cooked Jasmine rice Wash the chicken thighs under cold…