Category: Side Dish

Vietnamese Watermelon Rind & Shrimp Soup

This is Vietnamese comfort food in a bowl. If you’re looking for ways to use your watermelon rind, look no further! This is the prime no-waste recipe to use any rind or unsweet watermelon. Bonus – I’ll even share some tricks on how to choose the perfect watermelon every time, so you can…

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Make This Easy 5-Ingredient Spicy Korean Rice Cake Snack!

Meet spicy Korean rice cakes I would walk nearly a kilometre during the winter in -20 weather for a taste of these freshly grilled Korean rice cake skewers at Yonge & Finch. It’d be a rough walk, but I knew it’d be worth it every time. One order for $1.50, and worth every…

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Air Fryer Corn Ribs (with Green Onion Oil!)

The taste and texture of these “corn ribs” will be my exact fuel to continue to buy corn from now on. I would never buy corn otherwise – before this, corn would only be good for one thing – on the BBQ with a slather of butter. But now I’ve evolved. Here’s a…

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Vietnamese Pickled Daikon & Carrot in 30 Minutes (Đồ chua)

I’ve attempted Vietnamese pickles a dozen times. And all the many times, testing a balance between vinegar and water, and adjusting the sugar and salt levels. Little did I know that my final recipe would only use 2 tablespoons of vinegar as the liquid content. Look ahead for your new go-to quick Vietnamese…

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Filipino Eggplant Omelette (Tortang Talong)

You’re looking at an inspired dish of Tortang Talong – the Filipino omelette. The batter and sear of this egg-coated eggplant transforms the texture entirely, you forget that you’re eating an eggplant! Traditionally, the eggplants are charred over a flame before being peeled, and flattened as an omelette, the char is the dimension…

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Fuzzy Melon Soup with Pork & Shrimp (Canh Bi Dao)

Growing up, the dinner table would comprise of multiple Vietnamese dishes: one to two mains and one large sharing bowl of soup to finish. We would have our personal serving bowls filled with rice and a plate to lean our chopsticks & spoon. This fuzzy melon soup is one of the many soups…

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Mini Scotch Eggs (with Quail Eggs)

Here’s my take on this gastropub fave! There’s just something special about scotch eggs, and the layers of delicious contrast. Battered with breading and wrapped in sausage – the flavor contrast biting into the crisp breading, sausage and pop of egg is incredible. I created these with quail eggs, and they’re perfect two-biters….

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Crispy Rice Paper Rolls (Cha Gio)

Meet my favourite Vietnamese appetizer that I never order. Cha gio comes in either a rice paper wrapper, or more commonly a yellow egg wrapper. The rice paper wrapper is far superior in my books. With a fry, you get that chew, and light crisp, and all the filling. You can make these rolls to your preference: all vegetarian, without taro, or a combo of everything, like I have!

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Vegetable Chow Mein Noodles (No Wok Needed!)

The flavours in this chow mein recipe comes close to one of my favourites. The best chow mein I’ve tasted is from Sam’s Congee or that one Soy Bean place in Heritage Court (now a memory). The portion size from both restaurants are very small. And notice how at both places, they have…

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Easy Scallion Pancake Hack (with Wonton Wrappers) + Dipping Sauce

Flaky, oily, salty golden crusted scallion pancakes, aka cong you bing (葱油饼). I love ordering these savoury green onion pancakes at my favourite dumpling spot in town, and taking bites between slurps of juicy, dumplings. I’ve tried to replicate this dish at home with flour & water plenty of times, but with no…

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