What is Tofu? What’s the Best Way to Cook It?

What is Tofu? What’s the Best Way to Cook It?

Tofu, a staple in vegetarian and vegan diets, has transcended its origins in East Asian cuisine to become a global culinary phenomenon. Its versatility, nutritional value, and ability to absorb flavors make it a beloved ingredient in kitchens worldwide. This article delves into the origins, types, nutritional benefits, and best cooking methods for tofu, offering … Read more

Wilting in the Heat in Saigon? Try Iced Jasmine Tea and Sugar Cane Juice

Iced Jasmine Tea and Sugar Cane Juice

It’s never cool in Saigon. The daytime temperature never drops below 30F. We were there as summer was just beginning and, between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m., the average temperature was 34F. It was more comfortable at night when the temperature hovered between 25F – 27F. The climate might explain why the street food scene … Read more

How to Make the Most of a Tabletop Raclette Grill

How to Make the Most of a Tabletop Raclette Grill

We love communal eating here at home. We do hot pot, fondue and tabletop grilling although not nearly as often as we’d like. If, like most families, yours is at home to stay away from that pesky bug that has caused serious health concerns worldwide, and you’re thinking of ways to make meals more fun, the idea of grilling meat … Read more

Are Katsuobushi and Bonito Flakes the Same Thing?

Are Katsuobushi and Bonito Flakes the Same Thing?

In the world of Japanese cuisine, certain ingredients hold significant cultural and culinary value. Two such terms that often come up are “katsuobushi” and “bonito flakes.” For those unfamiliar with Japanese cooking, these terms can be confusing. Are they the same, or do they refer to different things? Let’s dive into the details to clarify … Read more

The Curious Origin of Mongolian Beef Barbecue

Mongolian Beef Barbecue

Mongolian Beef Barbecue is a dish that has intrigued many with its bold flavors and misleading name. Despite its moniker, this popular dish doesn’t have roots in Mongolian cuisine. Instead, it’s a fascinating example of how culinary traditions can be adapted and transformed. This article delves into the curious origin of Mongolian Beef Barbecue, exploring … Read more