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Bamboo Tofu Recipe Recipe

Bamboo Tofu Recipe

10.07.13 by Jackie

During our trip to Paris, my husband Lulu indulged in many cheeses and French desserts. Now that we're back home, we're back to healthier meals. In keeping with that spirit, I prepared a tofu dish with young bamboo shoots, carrots, baby corn and cucumbers.

Fresh bamboo shoots provide a meaty, slightly crunchy texture and incredible subtle flavor to the dish. If you happen to find this unusual ingredient fresh at your local Asian grocery store, be sure to give it a try.


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Zucchini Tofu Recipe Recipe

Zucchini Tofu Recipe

09.10.13 by Jackie

This tofu stir fry dish is a staple in our home and I make it at least once a month. It's quick to prepare, flavorful and packed with fresh green vegetables. I pan-fried tofu pieces and tossed them with onions and zucchini slices in a thick sauce (I used tapioca starch as the thickening agent).

My parents are excited to spend time with little Aria this month; they haven't seen her since she was 11 months old. I've been so busy these past few days wrapping up work and packing for our trip to Paris, that I completely forgot about picking our vegetables. There have been beautiful zucchini waiting to be harvested and I was so excited to be able to cook with them. So it was a real bummer this morning when I found wilted, unusable zucchini flowers. I still harvested the large zucchini and prepared it with tofu. It's not an elaborate meal but it's tasty and nutritious. 


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Vegetarian Fried Rice Recipe (Com Chien Chay in Vietnamese) Recipe

Yesterday, we had a lot of relatives over and after dinner there was leftover steamed jasmine rice. I wasn't going to let the rice go to waste; I usually make cơm chiên chay ("vegetarian fried rice" in Vietnamese). That way my husband Lulu and his sisters who are all vegetarians, can make it disappear!

I also happily discovered that baby Aria absolutely loves fried rice. I’m thrilled because this dish is super easy to prepare. Once you know the tricks to keep the rice from turning soggy and mushy, you can make it as often as it pleases you, with whatever veggies you have on hand.

For this version, I mixed carrots, peas, corn, red and green bell peppers, green onions and diced fried tofu with the jasmine rice. I didn't add any egg so the rest of the family could enjoy it as well.

As a child, Maman would always tell us kids not waste food; it's "tội chết" ("dreadfully sinful" in Vietnamese). As an Asian mom, I'm definitely keeping the family "tradition" and teacingh the same ethic to my daughter Aria. 


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Mi Xao Chay Recipe (Vegetarian Soft Egg Noodle Stir Fry) Recipe

I love making noodle stir fry. It may seem a little complicated but if you're methodical, you'll be able to master this dish in no time. What makes this noodle dish special is the use of pineapple both as an ingredient and as a seasoning for the noodles themselves.

First, I prepared the green bean and tofu stir fry and set it aside. The next step is boiling the fresh egg noodles, then cooking the pineapple (trái  khóm in Vietnamese) in a thick sweet and sour sauce. Finally, all you need is to toss the noodles in the sauce and add the tofu and green beans.


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Canh Bun Recipe (Vietnamese Soup) Recipe

Canh bún is a simplified version of bún riêu. It has a similar, red-colored sweet broth except it doesn't contain tomatoes. The soup is also softer in texture; round, thick noodles are used and fried tofu pieces and rau muống (pea shoot tendrils) are added at the last minute. 

Traditionally, pork is used for canh bun but I prefer cooking with veal instead. You could stick to the more authentic version or use other meat and add riêu (crab morsels) as well. 


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