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Jumbo Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe Recipe

Jumbo Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe

04.16.14 by Jackie

This is, in my opinion, one of the most decadent seafood dishes I like to prepare whenever we host a fancy dinner party. We recently did, so I selected jumbo shrimp, dried black mushrooms, broccolini, beech mushrooms, King oyster mushrooms and green onions. I learned the tricks of the trade from Aunt Danielle. As I've mentioned before, Aunt Danielle is an amazing cook; she used to run a successful Vietnamese restaurant in the early 90s. She taught me a lot of staple Vietnamese dishes to cook when I first got married.

The secret is to use the corals from the inside of the shrimp heads to make the flavorful sauce.  In addition to this, I made the fragrant sauce called "satế," with garlic, galangal, soy sauce and plenty of fresh chiles. It's quite labor-intensive but well worth it. If your guests like seafood, they should be prepared for a feast!


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Black Mushroom Tofu Recipe Recipe

Black Mushroom Tofu Recipe

04.02.14 by Jackie

In Vietnamese, this tofu dish is called tàu hủ xào nấm đông cô. This particular variety of mushrooms is delicious. Once re-hydrated, they have a fleshy, plump and even meatier, chewier texture than fresh shiitake mushrooms.

The delicate part of this preparation lies in soaking the mushrooms. You could soak them in cold water overnight or, if pressed for time as I was, re-hydrate them in warm water for about 1 hour. I saved the flavor-packed soaking liquid and made a thick sauce to accompany the tofu. I don't prepare this dish very often because one of the ingredients can be a little pricey, but it is sooooo tasty!

In order not to serve a mostly colorless dish, I included bright green string beans. 


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Turmeric Latte Recipe Recipe

Turmeric Latte Recipe

03.06.14 by Jackie

As I've mentioned in the past, turmeric is known as a healing spice in traditional Chinese medicine. However, you don't need to feel weak to enjoy this delicious hot drink. I was able to buy fresh turmeric root at a local Indian market a few months ago and I've stored it in the freezer since then. After going through our freezer today, I decided make good use of it and prepared a turmeric latte. It's so delicious, soothing and relaxing, especially with the weather we've been having.

You could prepare this drink with the milk of your choice. If you decide to go with a lower calorie milk such as almond or cashew milk, you could add a bit of coconut cream, oil or ghee (Indian clarified butter) to the turmeric. A little bit goes a long way but it makes such a difference and adds extra oomph.


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Ca Kho Recipe: Vietnamese Braised Salmon in Caramel Sauce Recipe

Even though I live in a 9-person household, over the years baby Aria and I have become the only "omnivores". I don't know if her taste buds will change over time and she'll copy her father's vegetarian diet, but for now, Aria enjoys meat and seafood. Last evening, I prepared a typical Vietnamese meal for ourselves called "cá hồi kho nước dừa", which roughly translates to "braised salmon simmered in coconut water". As a cook and especially as a mom, I took such pleasure in watching her appreciate the meal I had prepared for her. 

The fish is cooked in a caramel sauce called "nước màu" ("colored water"), which is a "savory" sauce made of caramel where the boiling point of sugar was reached to add a brown color and to impart a slightly bitter aroma. The sauce is balanced with spicy, fresh red Thai chili peppers, ginger, nước mắm (fish sauce), whole mint leaves and green onions. My favorite way to serve this "cá kho" dish is with steamed jasmine rice and blanched Vietnamese leafy greens. It's a healthy, nutritious and complete meal. Baby Aria loved it and I'm sure you will, too. If you'd like to start with a more inexpensive fish, you could prepare the same dish with catfish or mackerel.


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Miso Marinated Sea Bass Recipe Recipe

Miso Marinated Sea Bass Recipe

02.19.14 by Jackie

We hosted a 5-course formal dinner last night, and for the main entree, I served a duo of filet mignon and pan-seared seabass. I previously marinated the sea bass in a combination of miso paste, lime juice, cumin, cayenne pepper and turmeric.

Seabass is such a delicate and exquisite fish that you don't need to do anything extra. Just make sure to form an outer crust while pan-searing the fish and complete the cooking in the oven. It's as simple as that!

 


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