Watermelon Chaat

Savory Fruit Salad
Watermelon Meet Jalapeño Meets Green Mangoes

This Pakistani savory salad combines Watermelon with Spices, Fruit Juices, and Mint Leaves. Refreshing and flavorful, especially Continue reading

Beef Short Ribs Braised with Soy Sauce

A French Touch of Red Wine
Chestnuts,Sesame and Omelet Garnishes

Mirin - Japanese Cooking Wine


In this enhanced version of Kalbi Jim, the classic Korean Short-Rib dish the Black Pepper and Red Wine provide a French Continue reading

Pork with Mung Beans and Sesame/ 配綠豆和芝麻 豬肉

The Mung Bean Is a Superbean
Goog Protein Source          

The Mung Bean is a super bean. It appears in many Chinese dishes.  High in protein and low in calories and cost, it is a key ingredient in many dishes like this one. Continue reading

Lemongrass Chicken / Mè gà

A Defining Flavor
Texture of Sugar Crystals


Using garlic to make Nasi Minyak, Savory Rice


Lemongrass is a defining flavor of Vietnamese cuisine.. It’s used to flavor many dishes, including tho signature Chicken dish where, incidentally Continue reading

Roasted Chili Paste / Nướng ớt

A Home Cooking Staple
Annatto and Sichuan Pepper Are Key

Using Sichuan pepper, hua jiao, to cook delicious Sichuan dishes

Sichuan Pepper, Hua Jiao

This spicy version of Chili Paste is a staple of Vietnamese cooking. It is very intense, so a little goes a long way.  Annatto Seeds and Sichuan Peppers are key to the flavor balance here. Continue reading

Clay Pot Fish / Ca Kho

Caramel Sauce is Key
A Fusion Note with Pancetta

Clay Pots

The strong, intense bittersweet Caramel Sauce is the key to this dish.  This version,adapted  from Nguyen Tran of Dallas, uses Pancetta instead of Pork Belly.

Clay Pot cooking is one of the favored techniques of Continue reading

Almond Cookies / 杏仁餅

Everyone’s Favorite Cookie


Using Baking Powder in Vietnamese cuisine

Baking Powder

Or at any rate, everyone’s favorite Chinese cookie, or so it seems.  These are popular desserts at Chinese restaurants and sell well at Chinese bakeries.  They are also Continue reading

Iced Coffee Vietnamese Style

A True Fusion Bevereage
Perfect on a Hot Day

“I’m Thai, but my husband is Vietnamese, so he has to have his Vietnamese, or French-style Coffee.”–Overheard at an Asian Supermarket in Chicago

Vietnamese-style Iced Coffee has to be a true Fusion dish, incorporating as it does, both Milk and Coffee, neither of which were native to Indo-China before the arrival of the French. Continue reading

Chicken Balls Braised in Oyster Sauce/ 蠔油燜雞球

Ginger Meets Oyster Sauce and Green Onions
Shao Xing Wine a Key

“Chicken often is cooked by a combination of methods…to shorten cooking time and conserve fuel.” — Gloria Bley Mller


Chicken Balls Braised with Oyster Sauce

In this dish, adapted from Miller, the Chicken is first fried briefly then braised.

This suble and delicate Chicken dish is esy to make and is low on fat and sodium.  There is no Soy Sauce, though of course the Oyster Sauce contains some sodium.

Chicken Balls Braised in Oyster Sauce Continue reading