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…

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:…

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…

A Much Needed Trip to Banh Mi DC

On the way home from work, I was really craving banh mi, otherwise known as Vietnamese Po Boys. For those who are not aware, a banh mi sandwich is composed of delicious meats, pickled daikon and carrots, cilantro, cucumbers and jalapenos, all tucked inside a super crispy loaf of french bread. And I’m not sure where my craving came from, but all I could think about was having one (or 2) of those sandwiches for dinner. Since I’m so close to Eden Center, you think it would make perfect sense…

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…

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…