Pineapple Fried Rice

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

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In the winter time our favorite part of going to the hotel gym where we work out is to use a very nice sauna there after swimming. About two weeks ago, as we walked out of the swimming pool, I asked my husband if he was going to the sauna. “I did. All day”, he said. “I was soaking wet just being in our living room.”

The heat and humidity in May here is in fact quite brutal, at least it is for us. Locals don’t seem to mind though. Yesterday I met up with a Hoi-An native friend and when my arm was about to fall off from fanning myself so hard with a paper fan, she told me that she was longing for summer to come. I almost cried.

I hope you’re not yet tired of me talking about the weather here. I’m not complaining – just trying to give some context. It’s the weather and seasonal food that determines what I cook and eat.

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Vietnamese Silk Tofu “Tempura”

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

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My husband and I just signed a new house lease for the next quarter and began our 10th month living in Hoi An. Both our landlady and we couldn’t believe that it had been that long. We all remembered the first day we met at this house as vividly as it had been some time last month. My husband and I fell in love with the house the moment we saw it. For my husband, it was the beautiful furniture and airy rooms. For me, it was the light-filled kitchen and a garden full of blooming bird-of-paradise flowers. For one, it meant free flowers for me, which was awesome! But more importantly, I somehow believed that if the owner had cared to grow beautiful blooms in the back yard, she must be somebody who would take good care of the house too.
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Braised Baby Ribs & a Summer Meal

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Before starting this blog, I had never used cooking measurements. I measured with my eyes and intuition, or as my friend put it, “all ingredients are to taste”. The “everything to taste” rule worked well for me, except for when I had parties or guests over. Cooking for extra people without a recipe rarely came out as well. My guests might not have noticed (thankfully), but I just knew that the food didn’t taste the same as when I cooked just for my family.
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Vietnamese banana blossom salad

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Everybody knows each other in the small local market near my house, and the sellers there know not only me but also my husband. It must be difficult for them not to remember us – I speak Vietnamese with a Northern accent and my husband is an American who’s too tall to walk under the low bamboo roof in the market.
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Traditional Vietnamese Salad Dressing & Pomelo and Prawn Salad

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

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Did you know that the Vietnamese language has only one word for limes and lemons? Yes, they’re both chanhLimes are green chanh and lemons are yellow chanh. When I first went grocery shopping in America, I confused the shop keeper by pointing at the limes and asking “How much are these lemons?”. It took me a while, a year to be exact, to get used to using two terms to describe what Vietnamese people consider one fruit.
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Chicken Wings in Tangy Ginger Glaze

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

Every day is a good day for wings, apples and a cold glass of beer!

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Finally it’s springtime here in New York, and by springtime I mean when I can go out without the parka that I’ve been wearing for the past six months or so.
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Vietnamese Shrimp & Mango Salad

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

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When I was a little girl, my favorite tree in my grandparents’ garden was a mango tree in front of their kitchen.  Their kitchen, which looked like a hut, was separate from the house. I remember doing the dishes in the open washing area, looking up at the tree full of green mangoes, wondering when they would be ripe so I could eat them every day, many times a day. I am surprised my skin didn’t turn orange with all of the delicious mangoes that I managed to eat in season.

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