Friday, November 17, 2017

Thịt Bò Sốt Me (Beef with Tamarind Sauce Stir-fry) Recipe


Ingredients:
1 lb. Beef
3 oz. Tamarind
1 Carrot
1 Tomato
minced Garlic
chopped Shallots
Crushed Roast Peanuts
1 tsp. Annatto Seed Oil
1 Onion
1 tsp. Sesame Oil
Green Onions
Cilantro
Sugar
Black Pepper
Shrimp Chips

Cut 1 lb. Beef into slices.  Place in a bowl, add in 1 tsp. minced Garlic, 1 tsp. chopped Shallots, 1 tsp. Annatto Seed Oil, 1 tsp. Oyster Sauce, 1 tsp. Sesame Oil, 1 tsp. Sugar and some Black Pepper. Mix well, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for about 30 minutes or longer. 

Boil some water add in 3 oz. Tamarind then strain to get the Tamarind Juice. 

Cut 1 Onion, 1 Carrot, Tomato and Green Onions.  Set aside. 

In pan, add 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil and 1 Tbsp. minced Garlic.  Saute and add in the Tamarind Juice.  Add in 2 tsp. Sugar.  Mix and remove from heat and set aside.

In a different pan, add 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil. Add 1 Tbsp. minced Garlic and 1 Tbsp. chopped Shallots. Saute for a few seconds, add in the Beef and Onions.  Add in 2 tsp. crushed Roast Peanuts, Carrot, Green Onions and mix.  

Add in the Tamarind Sauce, Sugar (to taste) and Black Pepper.  Stir and remove from heat and garnish with some Cilantro. Serve with Shrimp Chips.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Canh hẹ nấu đậu hũ (Vietnamese Tofu with Chives Soup) Recipe


Ingredients:
1 block Tofu
6 Shrimp
1 handful Chives
minced Garlic
Kosher Salt
1 tsp. Sugar
Black Pepper
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
6 cups Water
chopped Green Onions

Peel and devein 6 Shrimp, then chop. Add 1 tsp. minced Garlic, pinch of Kosher Salt, and some Black Pepper. Then set aside.

Cut 1 block of Tofu, you can use soft or firm Tofu.  

Cut 1 handful Chives, about 2 inches long. 

In a small pot, add in 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil and 1 Tbsp. minced Garlic.  Saute until slightly brown, add in the Shrimp.  Stir-fry for a few seconds and add in 6 cups Water. Bring to a high simmer and add in the Tofu. 

Season with 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt, 1 tsp. Sugar and 1 Tbsp. Fish Sauce.  Add in the Chives, chopped Green Onions and some Black Pepper.  Remove from heat and serve hot.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Cá Chưng Tương Hột (Fish Steamed with Whole Soybean) Recipe

Ingredients
1 Fish (Bass or Tilapia)
Chopped Shallots
Minced Garlic
Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp. Sugar
Black Pepper
Carrot
Ginger
Green Bell Pepper
Onion
Tomato
Bean Thread
Wood Ear Mushroom
Olive Oil
Whole Grain Soybean Sauce
Soy Sauce
Green Onions
Cilantro
Chili Peppers


First, clean and rinse fish.  You can use a Red Tilapia like in this video or a Bass Fish.  Cut slits on both sides of the fish. 

In a small bowl, mix 2 tsp. chopped Shallots, 2 tsp. minced Garlic, 1/8 tsp. Kosher Salt, 1/2 tsp. Sugar and Black Pepper.  Stuff some of the mixture inside the fish and around it. Let it marinate for 15 minutes.

Cut some Carrots into strips (about 1 cup). Cut some Ginger into strips (about 1/4 cup). Cut 1 whole Green Bell Pepper into strips. Cut 1/2 of 1 Onion. Cut 1/2 of 1 Tomato. Soak some Wood Ear Mushroom and Bean Thread until soften and chop the Wood Ear Mushroom (about 1/3 cup). 

In a pan, add 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil.  Add 1 Tbsp. minced Garlic, 1 tsp. chopped Shallots, Ginger, Carrot, Green Bell Pepper, Onion, 1/2 tsp. Sugar and stir for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

To make the sauce, add 1 1/2 Tbsp. Olive Oil, 1 Tbsp. minced Garlic, some chopped Shallots and 1/2 tsp. Sesame Oil. Saute until slightly brown and add in 3 Tbsp. Whole Grain Soybean Sauce. Season 2 tsp. Sugar (add more as need), 1 tsp. Soy Sauce and mix well.  Remove from heat. 

Place some Wood Ear Mushroom and Bean Thread on a plate and then place the fish on top.  Stuff the stir-fry inside the fish and around it. Pour the sauce onto the fish. Place some more Bean Thread on top.  Have your steamer ready, steam for 10 minutes. 

After 10 minutes, open the steamer place some Tomato and the more of the stir-fry on top.  Cover and continue to let it seam for 15 minutes or until fish is cooked (depends on the size of your fish). 

Cut some Green Onions, Chili Peppers and Cilantro to garnish.  Serve with family meal.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Tôm Sốt Me (Shrimp with Tamarind Sauce) Recipe


Ingredients:

1 lb. Shrimp with heads
3 oz. Tamarind
1 tsp. Annatto Seed Oil
minced Garlic
Black Pepper
Frying Oil
Kosher Salt
2 Chili Peppers
chopped Shallots
2 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

First, remove the whiskers from the Shrimp. Place into a bowl to marinate.  Add in 1 tsp. Annatto Seed Oil, 1 tsp. minced Garlic, Pinch of Kosher Salt and some Black Pepper.  Mix well, cover for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, pour some Frying Oil into a pan.  When the oil is ready fry the marinated Shrimp.  Remove and place on paper towel.  Set aside.

Next, cut 2 Chili Peppers and add into a mortar. Add 1 tsp. minced Garlic and 1/2 tsp. chopped Shallots, pound and set aside.

Boil some water, add in 3 oz. Tamarind.  Wait for it to dissolved, then strain through a strainer. You will need about 5 Tbsp. Tamarind Juice. Add in the pounded mixture and 2 Tbsp. Sugar.  Mix well. 

In a pan, add in 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil and 1 tsp. of minced Garlic and Shallots.  Saute until slightly brown and add in the Tamarind mixture. Add in the cooked Shrimp, mix for a few seconds, add some Black Pepper and chopped Green Onions.  Serve with family meal.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Gà Xào Tương Hột (Chicken with Whole Soybean Sauce) Recipe


Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb. Chicken Breast
1 tsp. chopped Shallots
1 tsp. minced Garlic
1 tsp. Annatto Seed Oil
1 tsp. Oyster Sauce
1 tsp. Soy Sauce
1 tsp. minced Lemongrass
1/8 tsp. Kosher Salt
1 tsp. Sugar
Chili Pepper
Black Pepper
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tsp. minced Garlic
1 tsp. chopped Shallots
2 Tbsp. minced Lemongrass
1 tsp. Annatto Seed Oil
3 Tbsp. Soybean Sauce
1 Tbsp. Sugar
2 Tbsp. Water
chopped Green Onions

Cut Chicken Breast into slices (about 1 1/2 lb.).  Marinate the chicken, add 1 tsp. chopped Shallots, 1 tsp. minced Garlic, 1 tsp. Annatto Seed Oil, 1 tsp. Oyster Sauce, 1 tsp. Soy Sauce, 1 tsp. minced Lemongrass, 1/8 tsp. Kosher salt, 1 tsp. Sugar, chopped Chili Pepper and some Black Pepper. Mix well, cover with plastic wrap for 30 minutes. 

In a pan, add 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil. Add 1 tsp. minced Garlic, 1 tsp. chopped Shallots, 2 Tbsp. minced Lemongrass, 1 tsp. Annatto Seed Oil, marinated Chicken, 3 Tbsp. Whole Soybean Sauce and 1 Tbsp. Sugar (add more as need).  Stir on medium high heat. 

Add in 2 Tbsp. Water if looks too dry. Continue to let it cooked, once it’s done add some Black Pepper and chopped Green Onions.  Serve with rice.