Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sticky Rice (Jung)

My mom taught me how to do this recipe, over 25 years ago, so this is a tribute to you, Mom! It took me all day, but I was so excited and so proud that I could do this, remembering back from my childhood, and trying to do it just like Mom did.

Vietnamese or Thailand Sticky Rice
Bamboo leaves
Red beans
Black eye peas
Dry shitake mushroom
Green onions
Chinese 5 spice
Vegetable oil
Strings (for tying)

It takes some practise to get this done. However, it is fun to make Jung with friends, neighbours and family members.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tofu Curry

Again, you see I'm doing a curry. A curry can be with anything: meat, chicken, vegetables. This time, since I was serving with other meat dishes, I balanced it out with a vegetarian curry.

1 can Coconut Milk
2 tablespoon Yellow Curry Paste (Thailand)
1/2 cup Chopped Onions
2 stalks smashed lemongrass
2 tablespoon Vegetable oil
Salt and Sugar to taste 1 packet Soft Tofu (cut into cubes)
1 bunch Asparagus
1 zuchini (cut into cubes)
few Cherry tomatoes (cut halves)

1. Use a 8" pot or bigger to cook this curry and put medium heat.
2. Caramelised the chopped onions with the vegetable oil.
3. Add in curry paste and lemon grass together, stir fried a little until the oil changes its color to yellow.
4. Add zuchini, asparagus and tomatoes. Stir for a minute or two.
5. Add in the coconut milk, fish sauce and tofu. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
6. Add salt and sugar to taste, should be a little sweeter side but maintain the creaminess of the coconut milk. Garnish with cilantro.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Citrus Cabbage Salad

Again, balance out two different tastes. I wanted to add sour to a cabbage salad with lemon, so then add sugar to balance it out.

4 lemons
Lemon Rind
Soon to come


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Homemade Beignnet

It was great going to New Orleans and trying the Creole and Cajun food. Everyone told me I had to go to Cafe Du Monde and have a beignnet and a cup of coffee. I thought, first of all, that it was very interesting, that it wasn't New Orleans natives that were working in the restaurant, actually everyone was Vietnamese. The beignnet was fluffy and full of powdered sugar. I knew instantly I could make my own. So this is my version:

Phyllo dough
Coconut flakes
Brown sugar
Powdered sugar

This is very simple very easy, so when you want a little taste of New Orleans, make a batch of these.