Vietnamese “Shaken” Beef

*There’s a video tutorial at the end of this blog post.

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It was a busy birthday weekend. My mother and brother came to visit and so we had a chance to explore town and do fun activities as tourists. We went to the beach and visited temples during the day, and when the night came, we rented a small wooden boat to ride along a river sparkling of lantern lights. We ate our way through the town, from a fancy restaurant where Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones dined to 10-cent street food. It was just fabulous!
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Vietnamese Mochi in Sweet Ginger

*There’s a video tutorial at the end of this blog post.

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Craig adding some sesame to his mochi

I made this dessert about two weeks ago when we invited our friend Peter, a retired Australian chef living in Hoi An, over for dinner. Most restaurants in Hoi An serve Western cakes for dessert, and you wouldn’t discover the Vietnamese traditional desserts without a local “connection”. Plus it was raining cats and dogs that week, so I decided to make a Vietnamese traditional warm dessert, chè trôi nước, for that dinner.
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Vegan Vietnamese Eggplant & Tofu Stew

*Scroll down to the end of this post for a video tutorial.

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I grew up eating this stew, often twice in late autumn when eggplant was in season. The stew was one of the few recipes that my cooking-challenged father mastered. Read more

Vietnamese Caramelized Glaze for Braising & Slow-cooking | Braised Chicken with Ginger & Lemongrass

*There are video tutorials at the end of this post.

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Good afternoon from the ancient town of Hội An!

We had a power outrage two days ago. A stormy Sunday without power was actually not too bad because the cool air helped us survive without air conditioner. It was even quite enjoyable, indeed! We spent the whole evening in our candle-lit house reading books, listening to the sound of raindrops and sipping red wine. It was as much fun as one of those nights camping in the forest when we were teenagers, overly excited about star gazing in the sound of crickets and frogs.
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