Truite en Papillote for the Holidays 

With the holidays just around the corner, Hubby and I decided to host a dinner for our friends so we could all spend some quality time together before traveling for the season.

Among my group, we have several pescatarians.  As the designated chef, I decided to make Rachel Khoo’s Truite en Papillote. It was a big hit for both my friends with dietary restrictions and those that could eat anything. It was simple, yet delicious! The preparation was fun as my friends were my sous chefs, and Rachel’s recipe gives you room to be creative.

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A Fun, Fresh Take on a French Classic

Outdoor BBQs and parties are always such fun in the Summer, especially when you have the long weekend!

Hubby and I hosted an intimate gathering with a few close friends for a Pre-4th of July this evening. We decided to do a “French” take on our BBQ, since we all love French food.

We made Rachel Khoo’s “Brochettes au Coq au Vin” (Coq au Vin on Skewers). We knew that my French BFF would shudder and lecture us as to why this was not the Coq au Vin. However, Brochettes au Coq au Vin is a fun, fresh take on the French classic. We have all of the elements of the Coq au Vin, deconstructed on a skewer and revitalized as a red wine dipping sauce.

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District Một, A Vietnamese Hot Spot in Astoria

June is my Birthday month! In celebration, my Vietnamese friends took me to District Một, a Vietnamese hot spot in Astoria. Born and raised, Vietnamese, I was very excited to try this new restaurant and that I had the convenience of simply walking there for my fix for Vietnamese food since it’s in my neighborhood.

Pho was the first thing that came to our mind. But we also ordered a few other dishes to share, try, and compare to our family’s cooking. We are harsh critics for Vietnamese food after all, since we grew up eating the best!

The first dish that we tried was The Grilled Rice Paper.

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The Cambodian Take on Bánh Mì

Bánh Mí – the Vietnamese Sandwich – is my all-time favorite lunch item. Growing up in Southern California, I could always get it freshly made at any sandwich shop in Little Saigon or my Grandma’s house.

Nam Pung Sandwich Shop in New York City is one of my Go-To places for a sandwich that takes me back to my childhood. Nam Pung does an amazing, modern Cambodian take on the Bánh Mí . One of their signature sandwiches that I’m crazy about is the Five-Spice Glazed Pork Belly sandwich.
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A Cold Day Calls for Chicken Katsu!

It’s 10 degrees, here in New York City. But that doesn’t stop Hubby and me from having our Post-Lunar New Year party tonight! With 3 couple friends over, so a party of 8, I like to prepare simple, delicious dishes that everyone can enjoy and are stress-free.

On cold days like this and to please a hungry crowd, I love to make Roy Choi’s Chicken Katsu. It has become my signature dish as I often receive requests (and even demands) from family and friends to make this.  For my party of 8, I doubled the amount of each ingredient and planned additional time to prepare and cook from the recipe. The preparation and cooking are easy, and yet the result is so delicious and impressive.

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Lunar New Year Dinner at Old Shanghai Deluxe

Happy Lunar New Year!

After a long day filled with hosting and coordinating New Year activities for our families and communities, my Chinese and Vietnamese friends and I were finally able to sit down, eat and enjoy the first day of a prosperous year ahead of us!

We went to one of our favorite spots in Chinatown in NYC, Old Shanghai Deluxe. We ordered several dishes that we loved from the restaurant and must have for this holiday.

A Lunar New Year dinner must always have dumplings, and we were craving for the restaurant’s Soup Dumplings.

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Fresh Take on Minestrone Soup

A warm, comforting bowl of soup is perfect on a chilly day for lunch or dinner. Now that it’s finally feels like Winter in New York City, I like to make a large batch soup for Hubby and me to have for the week.

I made Rachel Khoo’s fresh take on Minestreone Soup. Her recipe is very flexible, and you can add whatever you have in your fridge and/or cupboard. It’s also fun and simple to make, especially in advance. It was so delicious, warm and comforting.

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