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How To Make Soymilk Recipe

How To Make Soymilk

03.11.13 by Jackie

Once in a while, I get into these "I-want-to-eat-freshly-made-food" moods. I've baked my own croissants and Vietnamese baguettes for my upcoming cookbook, "Banh Mi: 75 Authentic and Delicious Vietnamese Sandwich Recipes", which by the way is already available for pre-order. In the past few months, I've also made pasta, ravioli, wonton dough and of course there's my usual ritual of making fruit preserves.

I realized I haven't made soymilk at home in a long time. This weekend, I got the girls involved and we made our own. The process is ultra easy even though it's labor intensive. But the result is well worth it. The amber color is slightly darker than the one you get at the store and the velvety, almost buttery texture is very satisfying. We made many gallons of freshly made soymilk and used much of it in other dishes. I'll share those recipes soon.


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Canh Kho Qua (Bitter Melon Soup Recipe) Recipe

Khổ qua ("bitter melon" in English) is a truly unique vegetable. Its warty, pale-green color could scare even a veteran foodie away. However, it’s actually a very forgiving and versatile veggie! In Vietnamese cuisine, it's often served with pork or shrimp; I filled it with soybean stuffing instead to imitate the meat and served the bitter melons in canh (Vietnamese broth).

I love this dish because it's so flavorful and the texture of the soybeans is dense and very similar to meat. I also flavored the filling with fresh wood ear mushrooms for a more meaty texture. If you're trying this dish for the first time, I have to warn you that bitter melon, as its name indicates is, well, bitter. But really, you have to try it at least once. It's a love-it or hate-it kind of vegetable, but who knows, my might get struck by Cupid's arrow!


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Edamame Pesto Pasta Recipe Recipe

Edamame Pesto Pasta Recipe

05.02.11 by Jackie

Edamame pesto is a new pasta sauce I came up with this weekend. I made this pesto with edamame beans, roasted garlic, walnuts, walnut oil and dill. I added diced fire-roasted tomatoes to soften the sauce and melted brie cheese as the finishing touch. Lulu absolutely loved it and used some of the leftover pesto to make sandwiches this weekend.

I love experimenting with new ingredients, and this week I found not one, but two ways to use edamame beans. We usually just serve them plain as a snack, but now I know that they make incredible hummus and pesto!


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Edamame Hummus Recipe Recipe

Edamame Hummus Recipe

04.28.11 by Jackie

Edamame beans, also known as soybeans, are a common, healthy snack in our home. They're packed with fiber, protein and iron. So it's especially good because most of the family is vegetarian. To change things a little, I removed the thick velvety shells and made edamame hummus. The spread is made the same way I would make regular garbanzo hummus, except that I flavored it with feta cheese for a creamier texture.

I left the edamame hummus on the table while preparing dinner. Everyone spread it on warm pieces of garlic bread. It's a great way to keep everyone patient while I’m getting dinner ready. If you're planning on serving it for a party, you could create crostini appetizers. They're always a hit!


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Bun Rieu Chay Recipe (Vietnamese Vegetarian Vermicelli Rice Noodle Soup) Recipe

Bún riêu cua is traditionally a vermicelli rice noodle soup made with tomato broth, meat, crab and shrimp paste. I'm not a very big fan of the meat flavors with shrimp paste so I usually make it meatless, using a paste of soybeans (and add the crab separately). The visuals and texture resemble the crab patties and the broth has the same fragrance from the sweet tomatoes.

The soup is typical Vietnamese comfort food. It's paired with the usual Vietnamese aromatic herbs and topped with other vegetables and fried tofu for a complete meal.


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