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Chúc Mừng Sinh Nhật

26 Jul

The cliches are true. Time flies, and somehow our little girl is already two. Our aspiring chef still loves food. At two she’s all about broccoli and popcorn. But that, as you can agree, does not make a birthday party menu.

We picked up food trays from Eden Center for our family gathering and had quite a spread.

Table full of spring rolls, Vietnamese summer rolls, cha lua, lotus salad, chicken and pork

The most work I did was transferring food to plates, and it was glorious.

One of my favorite salads is Gỏi Ngó Sen Tôm Thịt, Lotus Root Salad with Shrimp and Pork (cha lua). This restaurant put pickles in the salad. Have you ever had the salad with pickles or make a different variation? Curious to know where that twist originates. Let me know in the comments!

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Fourth of July Festivities

4 Jul Grilled rock fish Vietnamese rice paper rolls

We’re heading to an Independence Day parade in my hometown and pool party with friends later in the day, but if I were organizing a gathering of friends and family, it might look a little like this:

Husband enjoying grilled clams

Slurping is always a good review. 👌

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Sunday Supper of Ga Kho Gung, Canh and Khổ Qua Xào Trứng

2 Jul

This weekend was the ultimate in all things summer. Swimming, crab feast on the Chesapeake Bay, naps, and more pool time. Somehow within there I fit in some adulting, too. With the holiday mid-week, if there’s any hope of eating home cooked meals, today was the day.

I’ve been craving Gà Kho Gừng and stir fried bitter melon for a while, and Anh has been wanting a canh. These three dishes are super simple and make for several tasty meals.

Table set with bowls of ga kho gung Vietnamese caramel ginger chicken, stir fried bitter melon with eggs, Vietnamese greens and tofu soup, cucumbers and rice

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Vietnamese Fried Rice

6 May

Unfortunately my little has been home sick all week. She hasn’t been eating much, and I haven’t felt like cooking much. The weather was horrible today, on top of her continued fever, so I went out to make Cháo Ga, Vietnamese rice porridge with chicken. She got down half a bowl, which is more than she’s been able to stomach all week. I was optimistic that she would scarf down a bowl of fried rice for dinner and made every effort to sneak in as many vegetables as possible. It was a good news / bad news situation.

Anh went back for seconds even *after* I disclosed the cauliflower rice. Our little didn’t even take a bite. When she does, I know she’ll love it.

Bowl of Vietnamese fried rice

Vietnamese Fried Rice with vegetables and Chinese sausage

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