Saturday, January 21, 2012

// banh xeo //

My mom was visiting from Orlando for a few days, so I already had my food requests in before she even arrived. "Banh Xeo" is one of those dishes that are tricky to make (it's all about the batter, pan and technique). We usually just get the pre-packaged batter mix and then leave out the coconut milk that it says to add. Everyone tweaks it their own way, some add beer for crispiness and the filling also varies. My aunt used a lot more seafood - baby octopus/squid, shrimp, etc. I like mine pretty simple with just a little bit of pork, shrimp and a lot of bean sprouts. Unfortunately, I don't have a go-to recipe since I've tried it twice before without my mom's help and failed. Your best bet is to learn while watching a professional Vietnamese mom make it. It's also one of those dishes that one person is cooking while everyone else eats as it comes out. So, it's kind of chaotic in the kitchen and you will smell like banh xeo/oil for the rest of the night. Just a fair warning. Totally worth it, though. ;]

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

// cuuuute chopsticks //

You can never have enough good-looking chopsticks in an Asian household. Got these at Super H-Mart off Pleasant Hill Rd. in Duluth today.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

// roasted rosemary/thyme chicken thighs //

If you want something fancy but don't have a lot of time to prep, this is one easy recipe. Just make sure you have 45 minutes to an hour to roast the chicken thighs. I basically winged this one because we had a lot of leftover fresh rosemary and thyme (not like the "Scarborough Fair" song). The key is to roast it at least for 45 minutes, but if you can leave it in a little longer...I like mine extra crispy!

  • chicken thighs (I used 6)
  • fresh rosemary(about 2 long sprigs) - take off stem and chop up
  • fresh thyme - I just left on the stem and placed one stem on top of each thigh
  • Kosher salt
  • ground pepper
  • olive oil (about 1-2 tbs)
  • one garlic clove for each thigh
  1.  Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Rinse and dry thighs. Place in baking pan
  3. Drizzle olive oil over chicken thighs
  4. Salt & pepper evenly
  5. Sprinkle rosemary evenly
  6. peel garlic clove and stuff into chicken (or place underneath)
  7. bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour