Friday, September 22, 2017

Cá Hồi Hấp Chanh (Steamed Salmon with Lime)

1 lb. Salmon
Green Onion
1 small knob Ginger
2 tsp. minced Garlic
2 tsp. chopped Shallots
Pinch Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp. Sugar
1 Tbsp. Fish Sauce
Black Pepper
Shallots slices
Lime Leaves

Serve with:
Dipping Fish Sauce
Rice Paper
Fresh Herbs

Rinse 1 lb. Salmon, set aside to let it air dry. In a mortar, add in 2 tsp. chopped Shallots and 2 tsp. minced Garlic. Using a pestle, pound the Shallots and Garlic. 

Make sure the Salmon is really dry, use paper towel and pat around it.  Scoop out the Shallots and Garlic from the mortar, mix in a pinch of Kosher Salt. Rub it onto the Salmon. Add some Black Pepper, cover with plastic wrap and set aside. 

Squeeze 1 Large Lime into a small bowl.  Cut 1 Thai Chili add into the Lime Juice. Add 1 Tbsp. Fish Sauce, 1/2 tsp. Sugar and mix well.

Pound on two Lemongrass sticks. Cut some Lime Leaves. Cut some white portion of Green Onions, Shallots and Ginger. 

Have all the ingredients ready.

On a large place, put some of the Lime Leaves and set the Salmon on top. Place Shallots, Lemongrass, Green Onions, Ginger and optional Lime slices around plate.  Drizzle the Lime Juice mixture over Salmon and add some more of Lime Leaves.  Steam for 10 minutes. 

Serve with Dipping Fish Sauce, Rice Paper and Fresh Herbs.  Wrap and enjoy!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Cơm Gà Hải Nam (Hainan Chicken and Rice) Recipe


Prepare Chicken and Chicken Broth
1 whole Chicken
1 Onion
1 Shallot
1 Ginger Knob
10-12 cups Water
Kosher Salt

Prepare Rice
2 cups Jasmine Rice
Chicken Broth (add enough to over over Rice about 3/4” - 1”)
Ginger Slices
Chicken Fat
Shallot Slices

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tsp. chopped Shallots
1 tsp. minced Garlic
3 Tbsp. Light Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp. Oyster Sauce
1 Tbsp. Sugar

Clean 1 whole Chicken, rub salt onto the Chicken and rinse with water. 

Fill a large pot with about 10-12 cups Water, bring to a high simmer. Peel and cut 1 Onion, cut 1 Shallot into thick slices and peel and cut 1 Ginger knob. Once the water starts to form small bubbles, add in the Chicken, Onion, Shallot, Ginger and 1 tsp. Kosher Salt. 

Skim the broth, after cooking it for 30 minutes, remember to turn the chicken. 
Let it cook on high simmer for about 1 hour or until the chicken is cooked. Remove the Chicken and set aside for it to cool completely. 

Rinse and wash 2 cups Jasmine Rice. Set aside for it to air dry.  In a large pan, add in some Chicken Fat, Shallot Slices and Ginger Slices. Saute for a few seconds and add in the Rice. Let it cook on low to medium heat for about 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Take out the Ginger, Shallots and Chicken Fat. 

Strain the Chicken Broth before using it.  The rest of the broth you can save for other soup recipes. Add it into a rice cooker and add in enough Chicken Broth to cover over the rice about 3/4” to 1”.  

To make the sauce, in a pan add in 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil.  Then 1 tsp. chopped Shallots and 1 tsp. minced Garlic.  Saute until slightly brown, add 3 Tbsp. Light Soy Sauce, 1 Tbsp. Oyster Sauce and 1 Tbsp. Sugar. Mix well and remove from heat. 

Cut the chicken into smaller pieces.  Enjoy with Rice and Sauce.  Optional, have some Tomato and Cucumbers. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Xôi Đậu Phộng (Peanut Sticky Rice) Vietnamese Recipe


2 cups Sweet Rice
1 Brown Coconut
1 cup Raw Peanut
Warm Water
Banana Leaves
Kosher Salt

Soak 2 cups Sweet Rice and 1 cup Raw Peanuts overnight.  Next day, cook the Raw Peanuts until tender, remember to add in a pinch of Kosher Salt. 

Rinse and wash the Sweet Rice a few times and set aside to let it air dry. 
Once you have the Sweet Rice and Peanuts ready.
Next step, you need to make some Coconut Milk, about 1 cup. Crack open 1 Brown Coconut and scrape the coconut meat out.  Add in warm water, mix it in and then strain the coconut milk out and set aside. 

Line your steamer with banana leaves, scoop Sweet Rice and Peanuts.  Add a pinch of Kosher Salt and mix well. Steam for about 30 minutes or until it’s looks ready.  Mix 2 Tbsp. Sugar  (add more if you like it sweet) with 1 cup Coconut Milk and a pinch of Kosher Salt.  Sprinkle the Coconut mixture onto the Sticky Rice every 10 minutes. 

When the Sticky Rice is ready, place on plate and serve. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Cháo cá (Fish Congee) Recipe


2 lbs Pork Bones
1 knob Ginger
1 Onion
10 cups Water
Kosher Salt
1 tsp. Sugar

Prepare Fish
3 Tilapia Fillet
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. minced Garlic
1/2 tsp. chopped Shallots

Other Ingredients
3 Green Onion
3/4 cup Jasmine Rice
Hot Pepper (optional)
Crispy Shallots
Black Pepper
Season to taste

Blanch 2 lbs Pork Bones, remember to add in 1 tsp. Kosher Salt. Drain out the water and set the bones aside. Fill a large pot with 10 cups Water.  Add in the blanched Pork Bones and 1 tsp. Kosher Salt. Peel 1 Onion and cut 1 knob Ginger into thick slices.  Add into the pot after 15 minutes.  Skim the broth. Let it simmer for 2 hours.  After 2 hours, remove the Onion, Ginger and Bones.   Strain the broth and 1 tsp. Sugar, then set aside. 

In a pan, add in 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil.  Add 1/2 tsp. minced Garlic and 1/2 tsp. chopped Shallots.  Add in 3 Tilapia Fillet, let it cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side and remove from heat. Cut into smaller pieces and set aside. 

Rinse and wash 3/4 cup Jasmine Rice, drain out the water and set aside. Pour the broth in a large pot, heat it up to a simmer and add in the rice. Let it simmer until the rice starts to break down and add in the fish. Continue to let it simmer for another few minutes.  Add in the white portion of the Green Onion, season to taste and serve.  

Garnish with chopped Cilantro, Green Onions, Hot Pepper (optional), Crispy Shallots and Black Pepper. Enjoy!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Hanh Phi (Crispy Shallots) Recipe

1 lb. Shallots
2 cups Oil

Peel and cut 1 lb. Shallots into slices. 
Place on a baking sheet and place in the sun for about 1 hour.
After 1 hour, heat up 2 cups Oil.  Add in the Shallots, Fry until slightly brown. 
Drain out the oil, place the Shallots on paper towel to remove any excess oil. 
Place in a jar and use on congee or appetizer dishes.