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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…

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…

Bánh Xèo

Bánh Xèo

Bánh xèo (pronounced something like bon say-oh) is a fried Vietnamese rice flour crepe. The name is actually something of an onomatopoeia, as xèo sounds like the batter sizzling in the pan. Continue reading Bánh Xèo

Salad Rolls

Salad Rolls

Variously known as spring rolls, salad rolls, and summer rolls, you are likely familiar with this delicious Vietnamese appetizer.⁠ ⁠ Shrimp, vermicelli noodles, and fresh herbs bundled up in a rice paper and dipped in that perfect dipping sauce, nước chấm. It is hard to…

Arroz con Leche

Arroz con Leche

Arroz con Leche⁠ is Mexican rice pudding made by simmering rice with water and milk, allowing it to slowly take in moisture and release starches until the grains are tender and float in a beautiful pudding. Cloves, cinnamon, and a bit of sugar add sweetness…

Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles are, at their root, a dish to use up stale tortillas. Extra corn tortillas from the night before are fried and then simmered in a rich sauce. It may sound like a dull dish, but it will surprise you. The tortillas soak up all that delicious sauce and become the perfect accompaniment to fried eggs, shredded chicken, or just cheese and sour cream. Continue reading Chilaquiles

Camarones al Tequila

Camarones al Tequila

While the name tequila lime shrimp likely rings of cheap tex-mex cuisine, camarones al tequila sounds like something I would order in a heartbeat. I love shrimp, I love tequila, how could it go wrong? Frankly, I’m not sure that it can. I think this…

Salsa Roja

Salsa Roja

A good salsa roja recipe is something we should all have in our back pocket.⁠ ⁠There are an unlimited number of ways to make salsa, and I am all about exploration and creativity, but for me no salsa platter is complete without a basic, perfect…

Rajas con Crema

Rajas con Crema

Roasted poblano peppers must be one of the best flavors in the world. There are a lot of delicious peppers out there, but for me, poblanos are unrivaled. Unfortunately, it can be really difficult to get that amazing flavor to come through in a meal. It is a delicate aroma which is easily destroyed or overpowered. A whole bunch of peppers added to a dish sometimes leads to nothing more than an extra bit of green. Thankfully,  in rajas con crema we have found a solution. This dish manages to capture that delicate, elusive flavor and let it dance across your palate. Continue reading Rajas con Crema

The Best Guacamole You’ve Ever Had

The Best Guacamole You’ve Ever Had

I would guess that just about everyone clicking through to this recipe has made guacamole before. It is very simple and very difficult to mess up. Mash up some avocados with onions, garlic, tomatoes, lime, and salt. Simple and wonderful. But what if I told…