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We recently moved out of the house that I planted so many lemongrass bushes.  Those lemongrass plants are still thriving so the new tenant asked me how they should cook it?  Lemongrass chicken came to mind as it’s the easiest way to cook/use lemongrass.  I brought over to them Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken made with the …

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Similar to the last 4 menu ideas this one is also quick to prepare. Menu #5 – Menu #5 consists of: Braised Fish IP (Ca Kho To), Stir-fried Water Spinach (Rau Muong) with Garlic, and Watercress with Ground Pork Soup.  For the Water Spinach (Rau Muong), I typically season using sea salt and mushroom seasoning …

Pandan Sticky Rice is a popular breakfast item in Vietnam.  I remember growing up eating this sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves on my way to school.  I do like adding mung bean for some protein but it’s totally optional.  This is a simple version using Pandan Paste for flavor and coloring.  The long version …

Beside Phở Bò (Beef Pho), Bo Kho (Beef Stew) is another Vietnamese dish that I believe the IP is great for! Beef shank can take quite some time to soften when cooking on the stove top. I always dreaded making it before and it was a dish that my Mother-in-law would only cook for special …

Butter Quail has to be my favorite appetizer!  I just don’t like paying for it at the restaurants… LOL.  It’s always 1 of most expensive items on the appetizer menu and the portion is very small (at most 2 quails cut in half).  I remember the last time I ordered was in 2014, right before …

So I like to ask the kids in the morning what they want Mommy to make for dinner.  I typically follow with “noodle soup?” hoping they would say yes… LOL.  My husband then pointed out that most of my recipes posted are of noodle soup of some sort.  So I went out of my way …

If you are like me and don’t like to cook whole chicken in the IP just for a few bowls of noodle soup then consider using chicken leg quarters.  Leg quarters consists of about a quarter of the chicken meat on the chicken, hence the name!  It includes a thigh, drumstick, and a part of the …

So I ate out the entire first week at work.  I went from food truck to food truck on campus.  It was expensive (about $10 for lunch) and for some days it was disappointing.  So this week I decided to “pack” lunch to work.  My idea of packing lunch was Lean Cuisine frozen meals… LOL.  …

Pho for Everybody

Last night I managed to make 2 pots of Pho: one beef and the other vegetarian for my Mom. The Beef Pho I actually made it while sleeping thanks to the IP.   Before heading to bed the night before, I set 30 minutes HP and allowed it to NPR and “Keep Warm” over night.  In …

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