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Spicy Tuna Maki Sushi Roll Recipe Recipe

We're having a houseguest this week. Mimi is Daddy's childhood best friend's daughter. She mentioned that she adores sushi, so I thought we would have a sushi party. Making your own costs less than the ones at your local sushi bar and you'll definitely know exactly how fresh the ingredients are. You can apply some of those savings and go overboard in choosing exquisite fish.

I made tuna maki rolls and served salmon sashimi to gain a little time. I filled the maki rolls with blue fin tuna (hon maguro toro tuna). Even though it was a little pricey, I couldn't resist when I saw the quality and the abnormally high level of marbling of the fish. I also added seaweed salad, fish roe, a few pieces of avocado and Granny Smith apple matchstick pieces, which add a pleasant, slightly sweet and tart flavor. 

The result was fabulous and as less than you would pay at a restaurant to get this kind of sushi!


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Canh Bi Do (Pumpkin Wonton Soup Recipe) Recipe

Canh bí đỏ is Vietnamese pumpkin soup. But in this recipe instead of simply boiling the pumpkin in broth, I used it as the filling in wonton wrappers (hoành thánh in Vietnamese).

The Vietnamese pumpkin has a naturally sweet creaminess. If it's cooked properly the skin is also edible and adds a wonderful texture. To make the dish into a complete meal, I add fried tofu for protein and wheat germ, fried onion and shiitake mushroom for extra flavor. The rest is a simple broth so as not to overpower the flavorful pumpkin wontons.


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Vietnamese Shrimp in Caramel Sauce (Tom Kho Recipe) Recipe

This evening, I finished preparing dinner but realized everything was vegetarian. And if you think like me, vegetarian food is good but it's still lacking one thing. What's missing, you might ask? I looked at our dining table and I immediately knew what would make dinner complete: a dish of shrimp.

I had one pound of small shrimp begging to be cooked. So in less than 30 minutes, I whipped up some tôm kho, which is Vietnamese for shrimp in caramel sauce. The key is the amber-color sauce cooked with coconut soda (if you're lucky and have fresh coconut water, it would taste even better), onion, garlic and a hint of good quality nước mắm (fish sauce). Even though the most of my family are vegetarians, if cooked properly, the scent of this seafood dish doesn't bother them.


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Asparagus and Zucchini Tofu Recipe Recipe

This tofu stir fry dish is a staple in our home and I make it at least one a month. It's quick to prepare, flavorful and packed with fresh green vegetables. 

The preparation is always more or less the same. In this version, pan-seared tofu pieces (or leftover cooked chicken breasts) are tossed with previously cooked zucchini and baby asparagus in maple syrup, chipotle garlic sauce and soy sauce. At the end, I added onions wedges and turned the heat off; the residual heat in the dish finished cooking the onions while keeping them juicy, sweet and crunchy.


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Soba Noodle Salad Recipe Recipe

Soba Noodle Salad Recipe

05.20.13 by Jackie

If you follow me on FacebookPinterestTwitter or Instagram, you've probably seen how huge the plants in our garden are. Thanks to the recent sunny, warm weather we’ve experienced, they have really taken off.

To celebrate our first crop of Persian cucumbers, I prepared a chilled noodle salad. I used soba noodles, a variety of fresh vegetables, flavorful peanut sauce, fresh mint (again from our prolific garden) and dill. Soba noodles are Japanese-style buckwheat. If you can’t find them, you could use whole wheat angel hair pasta for a similar texture.

I prepared everything in advance in the morning and assembled the salad later at the last minute. That's what I call healthy, fast food!

If you live in the Bay Area, don't forget to pencil in this Saturday (May 25th) for my cooking demo and cookbook signing for Haute Potato at Los Altos Library. Hope to see everyone there.


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