Getting a Healthy Serving of Vitamins with Winter Melon Soup

Winter melon, also referred to as fuzzy melon or white gourd, is a native vegetable to the Southeast Asia region. Cambodians, Vietnamese and Chinese all make their own variety of winter melon soup, touting it’s health properties; it’s full of Vitamin C, Zinc, Calcium and Iron. As a child, I never really cared for this soup; but then again, I really didn’t care much for any type of vegetable. But I had it for dinner a few weeks ago, and was really stunned at the mildly sweet flavor of the…

Lemongrass Grilled Shrimp

My mother in law makes an amazing marinade that she uses for her pork chops; I like to refer to this sauce as the magic marinade. Luckily for me, she made a big container of the marinade; and since it’s grilling season, I’ve been using the sauce on just about everything to make a super easy meal after a long day at work. For this meal, I had a pound of large tiger shrimp and recreated my own marinade to make a delicious grilled dinner. Ingredients: 1 lb large tiger…

Pork and Shrimp Wontons

With it being Memorial Day weekend, that means cookouts galore for this long weekend. So one of the items I wanted to contribute to my friend’s cookout were pork and shrimp wontons. I was thinking that I could make a big batch and save some for my own cookout as well. I love the mild flavors of the wonton and sweet and spicy dipping sauce. It makes such a great appetizer and is a sure fire crowd pleaser. Ingredients: 1 lb of large tiger shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 lb…

An Amazing Chicken Curry recipe!!!

This is the second time I’ve made this curry dish on my own and I feel like I’ve finally mastered it! The combination of the┬áhabanera pepper simmering away in the broth gives this curry a really nice punch of heat but it’s packed full of flavor as well. We normally eat our curry with either crusty french bread for dipping, rice or a bowl of rice noodles, but we tried it with naan last night and it was delicious! Just a caution, this dish is really spicy, so if you…

Chicken Pho at my house!

  One of my favorite dishes of all time has to be chicken pho and I’m super excited that I can make it at home now. I’ve made this dish so many times now that I think I know the recipe like the back of my hand. And one of the great things about making chicken pho at home is that I can totally tailor the flavors to exactly how I like it! I love my broth to be a good mix of sweet and salty, so you can adjust…

Roast Pork and Shrimp Noodle Soup

If you can’t tell by now, I love Asian foods. I think the complexity of the flavors and the sweet and savory combinations are what get me everytime and always tantalizes my taste buds! And since I’ve journeyed out to try and become an aspiring chef, one of my goals has been to learn how to make a few of my favorite Asian dishes. The one I’m sharing today is known as Hu Tieu — roast pork and shrimp noodle soup. And I just want to say that this is…

It’s shrimpin time

On our way home today, we decided to make a quick run into Costco to get some gigantic shrimp. It was such a gorgeous day outside, and we both really wanted to break in the grill and start the grilling season early. The original plan was to grill them outside, I wanted to try making some sweet and spicy grilled shrimp. But by the time we got home, it was a little too dark to start up our Weber grill. So I figured, why not try out some salt and…

Homemade Duck Noodle Soup!!

One of our favorite places to eat is Peking Gourmet Inn in Falls Church. I seriously think we should get our picture up on their wall for being one of the most frequent customers. I sit at work sometimes and just crave that delicious Peking duck wrapped in the pancake with plum sauce. Such deliciousness! There have been times when I think that we’re going to Peking Gourmet for dinner, but actually get disappointed when we end up going somewhere else! I don’t know what they do to that duck, but I am…

Let’s get a little Shaky!

Last year, I went to San Francisco and had a list of places to check out. One that really stood out to me was a small Vietnamese restaurant, Bodego Bistro. I was told I had to try their shaky beef (bo luc lac). And man, am I glad I did. I’ve had shaky beef before, but never with filet mignon! The dish came out with a huge plate of greens and this deliciously refreshing lime/black pepper sauce. I was doing some research as to why the dish is called shaky beef and apparently,…