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…

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…

Going Healthy with Udon Noodles, Tofu and Veggies

With a baby soon on the way, I want to be able to introduce more vegetarian meals into our diet, to teach our son healthier eating habits. I know as a child, I hated vegetables and it’s only recently that I’ve experimented more and liked more veggies. So my husband and I agreed that we’d try at least one vegetarian dish a week, to be healthier and  just to get ourselves acclimated to eating vegetarian. Browsing through the plethora of recipes out there, it’s really hard for me to decide what…

Ramen Noodles for Lunch at Zengo DC

The ramen noodle phenomenon has arrived in DC, especially with hot spots like Toki Underground. But this is not that ramen noodle you had during your college years. Instead, I’d consider this to be a step up and will please most palettes. Walking the sidewalks of Chinatown a few weeks ago, I noticed a sign that Zengo DC was opening up their downstairs lounge for lunch and offering a lunch bar menu. So on a cold Friday, I ventured to Zengo with a friend to try out their new lunch…

Finally Made it to Four Sisters

I’ve heard amazing things about Four Sisters since I moved into the area a few years ago. I don’t know why I’ve never made it over there before, but was super happy when my husband suggested we try them out for lunch. It did feel a little odd that I wasn’t going to Eden Center for Vietnamese food. Four Sisters is located in Merrifield, right across from Sea Pearl. The restaurant itself was impressive. It was very spacious and very clean and modern looking; I was a fan of the…

A Little Taste of Vietnam at Saigon Saigon

We were out and about strolling through Pentagon Row and decided to stop into Saigon Saigon for dinner. It just caught our attention, and as you may know, I’m a huge fan of Southeast Asian cuisine. I also remember my mother in law telling me that her friend runs this place; so those were 2 pretty solid reasons to give this place a try. Stepping inside, the decoration and the restaurant space were very modern and casual. The exposed ceiling beams, dim lighting and dark wood furniture gave the place a…

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…

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…

Cambodian Hot Pot (Yah Hawn)

One of the dishes that always reminds me of home and brings me so much comfort is the hot pot dish my mom always makes! Every time I go down to visit, I always ask her to make it. I just assumed it was this really labor intensive and tedious process and just figured I’d never be able to master it. But lo and behold, once I got my hands on the recipe, I realized pretty quickly it’s an easy meal that I can whip up in no time! This dish…

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…