Grilled Rockfish with Mango and Cilantro Sauce

One of the challenges I’m finding with trying to be strict Paleo is incorporating a wide variety of meats into my diet. I don’t want to eat a steak every night. So my husband and I put our heads together and came up with an idea of grilling a whole fish and making my delicious mango and cilantro sauce as a topping! We love fried fish, so this is our take on a healthier version. And the best part, the seafood counter at Whole Foods cleaned, deboned and butterflied our…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Cambodian Beef With Lime Dipping Sauce (Loc Lac)

  We were on the West Coast for a long weekend and tried out this amazing Japanese restaurant in LA. One of the dishes that people were raving about was the Kobe Beef teppanyaki. It was amazing! The sauce was an intoxicating mix of soy sauce and slight hint of sugar and wine. I’m really craving it again, so I wanted to take the dish we had and recreate a version that I remember my mom making. Serving Size: 4 Cook Time: 5-10 minutes Ingredients: 2 teaspoons kosher salt 3…

Chicken Pad Thai

One of my favorite dishes is Pad Thai; whenever I go to a Thai restaurant and am at a lost for what to order, I will get Pad Thai. I feel like I can’t go wrong with this dish. So I attempted to make it myself at home. I thought this would be a pretty easy dish, I mean come on, it’s just stir fried noodles right? So while researching some authentic Pad Thai ingredients, I never realized how much went into it. The sauce itself can be made before…

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…