I absolutely love my 6QT Instant Pot. I use it all the time, especially on days when I’m feeling super lazy and I have to make dinner quickly and easily. I’ve made all kinds of food using it, from Mexican shredded chicken to chicken pho and even beef pho. I’ve also made Vietnamese yogurt and stews and soups. It’s one of my favorite kitchen appliances. If you don’t have one, you should go out and buy one! Since it’s December and naturally cold and flu season, my husband came home the other day with a man cold. Since our 6… Read More »World’s Easiest Instant Pot Cháo Ga Recipe (Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Chicken)
Bun Rieu is one of my favorite soups to make, because it is so simple and easy to whip up. I’ve made this on a weeknight before, but it’s usually a weekend recipe since it does take a little bit of prep work. Getting all of the ingredients can be a challenge, and a bit on the pricey side – because the cost of getting real crab can be high. You MUST go to the Asian supermarket in order to make this recipe. There’s no substitute for the Minced Crab in Spices (the Lee brand is my favorite) and I also… Read More »Bun Rieu – Vietnamese Crab Noodle Soup
Sup Mang Cua, or Vietnamese Asparagus and Crab Soup, has always been one of my favorite soups, and a cherished childhood memory. Growing up, my mom would always make this soup on Sunday mornings. It was our lunch after we got home from Mass. This soup is easy to make, and it offers a lot of versatility in terms of what you put in it. When I was younger, we didn’t always have fresh asparagus on hand, so my mom would use sliced bamboo shoots as a substitute. She started adding in quail eggs during my college years, and some… Read More »Sup Mang Cua – Asparagus and Crab Soup
This weekend, I am in Denver, Colorado visiting my friend, Steven. My good friends, the Vagabloggers, Josh and Meisha, decided to make a pitstop to Denver on their way up to explore the Northwest. We went to the coolest Asian supermarket here in Denver and found live snails! Visiting the rice paddy fields in Vietnam and handpicking snails with my cousins is a fond memory that I have of my homeland, so I was super excited at this find. I haven’t ever seen live snails at a supermarket in the United States. I am sure you can find them in… Read More »Ginger Lemongrass Snails with Chiles (Oc Luoc)
The Japanese are known for their Sushi; the Koreans for Kim Chi; and the Vietnamese for Pho.
Pho is considered the national dish of Vietnam. It’s a Vietnamese noodle soup that can be made from beef or chicken. In the United States, Pho Bo (the beef version of this famous dish) is more popular and more commonly served in restaurants.