Vietnamese Pork Meatballs with Cucumber Noodles

My husband and I are officially starting Day 1 of our month long Paleo challenge today. We’ve been eating Paleo aware for a while now, meaning, I know what we should be eating and we try to follow the rules a majority of the week, but we’ll cheat every now and then. However, after talking this over, we will be going strict Paleo for 30 days. My first reaction to this was no way! How am I supposed to give up sweets and carbs? But thinking over this the past…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Asian BBQ Pork Chops

While we were in Wisconsin, my husband’s cousin, Quinn, made this really delicious BBQ chicken dinner. It was a slightly sweet and garlicky dish and I loved how the sauce pared superbly with the chicken. He was gracious enough to share his recipe with me and I decided to try it on some pork chops I got from the farmer’s market. Since the weather is getting a little colder, I decided to cook my pork chops in the Dutch oven, instead of throwing them on the grill, but you can…

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…

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…

Korean Spicy Pork Straight Out of My Kitchen

I’ve been feeling a little adventurous lately and wanted to try my hand at making one of my favorite dishes, Korean spicy pork. Tuan’s Aunt always makes this dish and it’s phenomenal and she was willing to share the recipe with me. So after summoning up the courage, I made it for dinner. The spices and flavors were great and just how I remember it. However, I think I should have cooked it over an open flame or on a grill to get that perfect carmelization and charred flavor they…