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Asian Braised Pork Belly

like i always say… you can’t go wrong with pork belly. it’s easy, hard to over cook and always meaty fatty delicious. this one is skin free and fully braised with Asian aromatics. no crispy skin technique here…this one just melts in your mouth. it’s definitely delicious after a 20 minute rest, but i like to let it cool and …

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Duck Tongues. Two ways. Slow Simmer and Oven Braised

DUCK TONGUES !OFFAL DELICIOUS YES, ducks do have tonguesYES, people DO eat them and…YES…i DID go there. SUPER FUN STRANGEyet quite deliciousnow i see why these are considered a bar-snack or dim sum nibble in the Asian culture.  once you give in and try one you’ll find yourself with a pile of 20 or so bones that you’ve sucked clean.  aside …

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Sea Tangle Noodle Slaw with Vietnamese Dressing

crunchy, tart, crisp, slippery, sweet, savory, tangy and spicythis is my new favorite salad.  i’ve had it every day for a week.   by it’s self, a great light snack or lunch, but topped with shrimp, shredded chicken, BBQ’d salmon?..a delicious, filling, low fat, low calorie meal.  fresh and easy when you have some made up in the fridge.   …

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Vietnamese Coffee Jelly Dessert…easy

super easy, clean and tasty cool dessert for a summer party. OR…just kick start your day, maybe brighten a June gloom afternoon… coffee jelly, or JELLO as we call it, is a popular dessert in Asia.  in Japan they serve it black, slightly sweetened in a cup…or sometimes offer it with ice cream or in milkshakes.  it’s even served with …

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Malaysian Honeycomb cake…aka “Ant’s Nest Cake”

KEK SARANG SEMUT… aka ANT’S NEST CAKE how cool is this cake? you might have seen the Vietnamese Pandan Honeycomb Cake i did last month.  this one is similar in texture, but much easier to make.  you’ll probably get it right the first try and unlike the finicky Pandan Honeycomb, you most likely have the ingredients at home. the flavor is …

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Soy Sesame Ginger Marinated Pork Belly Roll – Roasted Crispy Skin

someone please stop me from buying a pork belly EVERY WEEK ! I CAN’T HELP MYSELF i love how versatile it is.  you can dress it up for a fancy dinner party or simply slice a piece off for quick sear.  you can go straight up crispy porkalicious…or...a fresh herb roll, maybe a spicy Mexican belly?  how about a brown sugar apple onion crispy skin …

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Banh Gan…Vietnamese Flan with Espresso

and so continues my fascination into the Vietnamese culinary world.  there are so many sweets and savories that i find interesting, odd, delicious and dare i say…just a bit SCARY? scary is what keeps me coming back for more. this Vietnamese treat is strangely addicting.  i’ve made it 4 times now with different recipes each time.  one better than the …

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Shichimi Togarashi Truffles with Toasted Sesame Seeds and Soy Sauce

the dark chocolate sushi experience… WHAT?… NO, there is not fish involved.i haven’t gone totally off the deep end. BUT… you won’t believe these truffles…spicy, sesame, soy with dark citrus chocolate?!ABSOLUTELY, UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS! i think i might have come up with something quite interesting this time.  it’s like a patron participation interactive truffle experience. the soy and toasted sesame hit …

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Pandan Honeycomb Cake. A Vietnamese treat..Banh Bo Nuong

Pandan Honeycomb cake i had no intention, but…  this has Holiday Springtime written all over it. is this cool?…or what?! this is a very…you might say…“unique cake”.a little difficult to make, but totally out of the ordinary, interesting and fun.  something different to amaze your foodie friends for the holiday parties. straight out of the oven it looks like a …

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Vietnamese Coffee…bold and sweet

it begins with a hefty dollop of sweetened (guilty pleasure) condensed milk.. then a 2T. pour… and a 20 second wait… followed by 190F degree pour and a 4 minute drip… a slight sweet stir…    and you have a delectable”Phin-filter” brewed, strong,  bold, yet smooth Vietnamese coffee with a sweet creamy finish from the thick sweetened milk. some like to …

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