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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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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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Shrimp and Quinoa Recipe

Shrimp and Quinoa

02.20.14 by Jackie

This gluten free dish has been my kind of light meal recently. My doctor is trying to find out if I suffer from any food allergies, which I find kind of ironic, given my love of cooking. Today for lunch I prepared this meal quickly by mixing quinoa, Asian greens (you could use kale or spinach), straw mushrooms and shrimp. I flavored the shrimp with a plum sauce and a bit of soy sauce. You wouldn't believe how delicious this was!

I like having a one-dish meal, which is convenient to eat. Baby Aria usually likes munching on the food I eat, so I was so pleased to see she likes shrimp now. Also, I've been trying to stay away from carbs so quinoa is the perfect fit for my new diet.


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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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Vietnamese Crab Recipe: Cua Xao Sate Recipe

If you adore seafood as much as I do, you're in for a treat. This is a typical Vietnamese sauteed crab recipe called cua xào satế. The key to this recipe is in the preparation of the crab itself.

First, everything in the crab was used. What made the sauce was the use of "crab butter" as well as the corals from the inside of the crab. Then, I deep-fried the rest of the crabs and tossed them in a fragrant sauce called "satế," which consisted of garlic, ginger, hoisin sauce, glass noodles and plenty of fresh chiles.


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