Vietnamese Style Braised Pork Ribs

So imagine my delight when I find that baby back ribs are buy 1 get 1 free at the grocery store! And the weather is getting warmer. I honestly can’t think of a better way to welcome spring quite like ribs on the grill! I actually toyed with the idea of grilling my ribs, but the thought of fall of the bone, super tender braised ribs seemed so delicious with a bowl of hot rice. And why not make my ribs savory and sticky and delicious in the process! I…

Enjoying the Fall Season with Bun Rieu, Crab Noodle Soup

After a strange few days of temps in the 90s, it’s starting to feel like Fall around here, my all-time favorite season. Nothing makes me happier than cool weather and comfort food! I want to try making more noodle dishes at home, especially the ones that look complicated. I always have random cravings, so I want to be able to indulge on days I’m working from home. A dish that has tantalized my taste buds for a while is bun rieu, Vietnamese crab noodle soup. The broth is a great…

Third Time is the Charm for Banh Beo (Vietnamese Steamed Rice Cakes)

I was introduced to this dish a few years ago by my husband and never even thought twice to make it. I always just assumed it was a very special dish his mother would make, and every time she did, I relished every delicious morsel! But lately, I’ve had a huge craving for it and I didn’t want to wait until the next family gathering to have some. And since I was having my Paleo cheat meal, I wanted to make it worthwhile by eating something I’ve been really craving.…

A Paleo Version of Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)

A friend of mine, who also happens to be eating Paleo, posted a delicious picture of Bo Kho on her Facebook page, and it made me drool! It’s not necessarily a dish I would have ever attempted at home, but I like the challenge. And since I’ve been craving Vietnamese food lately, I thought it would be perfect to make this stew and serve it with some kelp noodles. Some main points I learned while making this dish is getting a good cut of beef brisket and allowing the stew…

Bun Cha – Vietnamese Pork Meatballs with Vermicelli and Herbs

I’m taking a slightly different direction with my blog and focusing mainly on Asian cuisine and how to make them healthier and, if applicable, a Paleo version. As many of you may be aware, I’m very partial to Asian food and love being able to cook some of my favorite dishes at home. So I’ve been picking the brains of some of the incredible cooks in the family and asking them to pass along their delicious recipes. I am giving these recipes my own spin though, without sacrificing any of…

Vietnamese Chicken Wings to Kick Off the Start of Football Season

Well, we’ve been waiting for this all summer, the beginning of Football season and the Redskins are playing their first pre-season game tonight. Goodbye to bad summer television programs and hello to cheering and crying for my favorite team. So I wanted to make some good ole fashion chicken wings to commemorate the first game. But not buffalo style wings, instead, I wanted to try making the Vietnamese chicken wings from Pok Pok again, the famous restaurant in Portland, OR. I’ve tried this recipe before and it didn’t come out…

Bo Loc Lac

I’ve tried a few attempts at making Vietnamese shaky beef and I finally think I have the right combination now. The hardest part for me was getting the right marinade and right cut of beef. I think this dish would be delicious with filet since the meat is so tender, but I decided to use sirloin instead since I was able to pick some up for a great price. Also key was searing the beef in a super hot wok and just quickly cooking it. Serving Size: 4 Cook Time:…

Vietnamese Style Chicken Wings

My husband wanted me to watch a clip of a Portland, OR establishment featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It featured a Southeast Asian restaurant called Pok Pok that makes some of the town’s best Asian cuisine.  One of the  items highlighted on this episode were Vietnamese chicken wings. I just about drooled after watching the clip and it totally inspired me to try this recipe at home! I made the recipe once and tweaked it again to come out with this version. Allowing the chicken wings to marinate overnight really…

Braised Pork and Egg in Caramel Sauce (Thit Heo Kho)

We were riding bikes through Montreal, and all of a sudden, I had a huge craving for Thit Heo Kho, a braised pork and egg dish. My mom used to make a version of this dish all the time, and I remember loving the sweet and savory sauce and the tenderness of the pork and intoxicating flavors of the egg. So of course, I had to give this a shot in my own kitchen. Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Serving Size: 4 Ingredients: 1.5 lb pork shoulder  (or 1lb…

Catfish Cooked in a Clay Pot (Ca Kho To)

One of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants in our area has to be Huong Viet restaurant at Eden Center. They make, in my opinion, one of the best catfish in clay pot dishes; I always order that when I’m dining there. So I really wanted to recreate this savory and sweet dish in my own kitchen. This southern-style Vietnamese dish is actually very easy to make and quite tasty when served with a bowl of steaming jasmine rice. Serving Size: 2 Cooking Time: 25 minutes Ingredients: 2 tbsp cane sugar 1…