Posts Tagged ‘home-cooking’

Sometimes, my hard little heart bursts with so much love for my mother.

Birthday was last last week. Half-expected we’d go out for dinner. More than half-hoped it was home-cooking. Train’d it back into the ‘ville, walked through the front door, stopped… and smiled.

Mama was cooking.

And cooking up a storm! Slaving over the stove from the minute she had gotten home…deliciousness wafting through the house…table set as if we were entertaining, bottle of wine breathing… her little 5″1 (if that) frame practically jumping with excitement. And my father beaming b/c he had actually kept the secret. I know, right? The sweetest.

Menu for the eve:

  • tofu & egg drop soup
  • lobster w. fresh ginger
  • king oyster mushrooms & scallions
  • basa fillets, vietnamese-styles
  • asian greens with garlic & mushrooms

Seriously delicious & made with love. The BEST combination. Don’t worry bro, I’m sure you’ll get the same treatment next week.

Sadly, didn’t have my camera. Snapped w. iPhone – Hipstamatic.

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Home-made pho

Fragrant broth. Rare beef. Rice noodles. Steaming bowl of home-made pho.

Now, here’s my ritual:

Handful of cilantro, 4-6 thai basil leaves, 2-3 ngo gai long leaves.

Generous squirt of rooster chili sauce. Toss of bean sprouts. Sprinkle of green onions. Squeeze of lime.

Dash of black pepper. Another squirt of rooster.

Serious business, pho sho.

Yep. Ok, inhale and dig in! And there’s nothing quite like it.

My mother insinuates that I’ll fail at life if I don’t learn how to make pho.  Or, fail as a wife.

I gently remind her that I’m not married.

She shakes her head.

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Vietnamese, at its best

Home is where the heart is… or in our case, our tummies.

Delicious. Home-made. Vietnamese food. 

Hands down, my mama is the best cook. Ever.

Oh, I know. Big claim. Everyone feels that way about their mama’s cooking. Though, you may just be swayed (i won’t tell, promise) if I take you home with me for dinner.

No pressure Ma.

Sharing a few snaps to whet your appetite. Here are some of my absolute favourites. What we grew up eating…and what I crave all the time now. Will share recipes soon. Happy Tet! 

bún chả giò thịt nướng & tôm (rice vermicelli w/ spring rolls, pork & grilled prawns)

siu mai & wonton noodle soup

gỏi cuốn (fresh shrimp rolls)

 It wouldn’t be Vietnamese, if I didn’t include a steaming bowl of pho.

phở tái, bò viên (rare beef, beef balls)


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