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The Plate Lunch (Huli Huli Chicken and Mac Salad)

The Plate Lunch (Huli Huli Chicken and Mac Salad)

The plate lunch is as Hawaiian as it gets. You can find them all over the place, and they always have the same formula: a meat, two scoops of rice, and one scoop of macaroni salad. Common meats include Hawaiian favorites like kalua pork, huli…

Spam Musubi

Spam Musubi

Spam Musubi is one of those dishes that could only come about in Hawaii. It stands as an example of exactly what is so interesting, comforting, and delicious about Hawaiian food. In Hawaii, spam is a highly regarded food. Oahu is home to that famous…

How to Cook Perfect Rice Every Time

How to Cook Perfect Rice Every Time

There was a long period of my life where I was afraid to delve into Asian cuisines. It was not the strange ingredients or new flavors, no–it was simple ineptitude at cooking rice that kept me from exploring these amazing foods.

Whenever I tried to cook rice it would come out either crunchy or gummy. I simply could not get it right. I tried all sorts of different techniques, different ratios, and nothing worked. Eventually, my roommate bought a rice cooker and I was able to sweep that trouble under the rug and start learning about rice-focused cuisines. Continue reading How to Cook Perfect Rice Every Time

Vietnamese Pesto with Claypot Pork

Vietnamese Pesto with Claypot Pork

This is a dish that might fall into what we would call “fusion cuisine.” I’ve never particularly like that moniker. Everything we eat nowadays is fusion of some kind. Pizza is fusion. Empanadas are fusion. Most modern dishes involve techniques and ingredients that originated in…

Chè Chuối – Banana Sweet Soup

Chè Chuối – Banana Sweet Soup

This sweet soup is a delicious vegan pudding made with coconut milk, tapioca pearls, and ripe bananas. With only 2 tablespoons of added sugar, it is also an amazing, healthy dessert.⁠

Vietnamese Coffee Martini

Vietnamese Coffee Martini

Before traveling to Vietnam, I had no idea that they were known for their coffee. To be honest, when I landed in Ho Chi Minh City, I knew an embarrassingly small amount about Southeast Asia in general. Fortunately, I started filling those gaps immediately. ⁠ Continue reading Vietnamese Coffee Martini

Cá Kho Tộ – Claypot Catfish

Cá Kho Tộ – Claypot Catfish

I discovered claypot eel at maybe my second dinner in Vietnam and proceeded to eat it just about every day for the rest of the trip. At the time, I didn’t know much about what I was actually ordering, but I knew that each one…

Cháo – Vietnamese Rice Soup

Cháo – Vietnamese Rice Soup

In its simplest form, cháo is a soup made with broth, rice, and maybe a few pieces of ginger and scallion. I’ve heard it called Vietnamese chicken noodle soup, and the similarities are certainly there: it is simple, easy to eat, and nourishing.

Vietnamese Cold Noodle Bowl

Vietnamese Cold Noodle Bowl

This is the first Vietnamese dish I ever tried. Back in college, when I was a much less culinarily-inclined individual, my friend dragged me to a new Vietnamese restaurant near my house. I knew nothing about the cuisine at the time, and I was skeptical verging on hesitant, but I followed his lead, ordered the noodle bowl, and my world was forever changed.⁠ Continue reading Vietnamese Cold Noodle Bowl

Scallion Pancakes

Scallion Pancakes

Scallion Pancakes⁠ are thin, crispy pancakes stuffed with scallions and dipped in a sauce of soy, vinegar, and chili oil. ⁠ ⁠ Unlike western pancakes, which are made with batter, these are instead typically made with an unleavened wheat dough, folded through with scallions and…