Friday, April 17, 2015

Milk Buns (Banh Mi Sua)

Milk Buns (Banh Mi Sua)

Ingredients
2 1/2 cup Bread Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
2 tsp. Active Yeast
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 Tbsp. unsalted Butter
1 Egg
2/3 cup and 2 Tbsp Whole Milk
Egg Wash

Make sure your Milk is warm about 95-110 degrees F.  Add in 2 tsp. of Active Yeast.  Give it a quick mix and set aside.
In a bowl add 2 1/2 cup Bread Flour.  Add 1/2 cup Sugar and 1/2 tsp. Salt.  Mix.  I'm using a food processor with a dough blade to knead, but you can knead by hand if you want to.  Add 1 Egg.  Add 2 Tbsp. unsalted Butter.  Pour in the milk with the yeast.
Knead until it forms a dough. Place in a large bowl cover with plastic wrap and wait for it rise.  This takes about an hour. Once it doubles in size take it out and give it a quick knead.

I'll be baking it in 3 loaf pans, one large loaf and 2 mini ones so I'm going to divide it out into 5 equal pieces.  For the large loaf, I'll be using 3 pieces.
Flatten each piece then roll it.
Place it in the loaf pan.  For the mini I'm taking one of the dough, divide that into 3 equal pieces and roll each piece.  Then place it in the mini loaf pan.

Cover it up and let it rise again. Once it rise it should look something like this.  Spread some egg wash on top.  Since I'm baking in glass and ceramic,
I'm baking at 325 degrees F.
If you using metal, you should bake it at 350 degrees F.  The time for each loaf varies, mine took about 10-12 minutes and the mini took about 7 minutes.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Soy Sauce Chicken Wings (Canh Ga Chien Nuoc Tuong)


Soy Sauce Chicken Wings (Canh Ga Chien Nuoc Tuong)

Ingredients
2 lbs Wings
3 1/2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp. Oyster Sauce
1 tsp. Black Bean Sauce
1 Tbsp. Sugar
Black Pepper
3 minced Garlic Cloves
Frying Oil

To get started you will need to marinate the chicken wings.  Remember to rinse your wings first and set aside to air dry for a little bit.
Then put into a large bowl to marinate.  Add 3 1/2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce. Add 1 Tbsp. Sugar. Add 3 minced Garlic Cloves.
Add 1 tsp. Black Bean Sauce.  Add 1 1/2 Tbsp. Oyster Sauce.  Add some Black Pepper.  Mix well.
Cover with plastic wrap and let it marinate for at least 1 hour.
After 1 hour, have your frying oil ready.  Drop in your wings and fry until it is golden brown.  Remember to turn the wings so it can fry evenly.
Once it's golden, remove from frying oil and place on paper towel.
Enjoy!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Coconut Macaroons (Banh Dua Nuong) Recipe Cookies

Coconut Macaroons (Banh Dua Nuong)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup Sweetened Coconut Flakes
1 Egg White
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla Sugar
Pinch of Salt


In a bowl beat 1 Egg White.  Add a Pinch of Salt.  Then add in 1/3 cup Sugar.  Add 1 tsp. Vanilla Sugar.
Continue to beat until it stiffens.  Fold in 1 1/2 cup Sweetened Coconut Flakes.
If you are using unsweetened Coconut Flakes, remember to add more sugar.  Once it's evenly mix, using a tablespoon,
scoop it into round balls. Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper.  After you're done, sprinkle some coconut flakes on each balls.
make sure to cover it completely with coconut flakes.
Bake in the oven at 325 degrees F for about 20-30 minutes or until golden.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ca Thu Sot Ca (King Mackerel Steak with Tomato Sauce) Fried Fish Recipe

Ca Thu Sot Ca (King Mackerel Steak with Tomato Sauce)

Ingredients
2 King Mackerel Steak
1 Tbsp. Fish Sauce
Frying Oil
1 Garlic Clove
2 Tomatoes
2 Tbsp. Oil
1 Tbsp. minced Garlic
2 tsp. chopped Shallots
1 tsp. Kosher Salt
2 tsp. Soy Sauce
2 tsp. Sugar
1 chopped Green Onions
Black Pepper

Rinse 2 King Mackerel Steak.  Marinate the fish with 1 Tbsp. Fish Sauce. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
In a pan add in some Frying Oil.  To check if the oil is ready add in 1 Garlic Clove.  Once it's golden then add in the fish to fry.
Fry until it's golden brown. Remove and set aside.

Rinse 2 Tomatoes, dice the Tomatoes.

In a pan add 2 Tbsp. Oil. Add 1 Tbsp. minced Garlic. Add 2 tsp. chopped Shallots. Saute for a few seconds.
Add in the diced Tomatoes. Let it cook on medium high heat for about 5-7 minutes.
Add 1 tsp. Kosher Salt.  Add 2 tsp. Soy Sauce. Add 2 tsp. Sugar. Stir for a little bit. Add in the fried fish.
Let it simmer in the sauce for 3 minutes. Add in chopped Green Onions.  Add some Black Pepper.
Continue to let it simmer and soak in the sauce for another 3-5 minutes.  Remove and serve with your family meal.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Snow Fungus with Papaya Desserts Sweet Soup (Che Nam Tuyet Du Du)

Che Nam Tuyet Du Du (Snow Fungus with Papaya Desserts Sweet Soup)

Ingredients:
1 Snow Fungus
8 Red Dates
1/2 Hawaiian Papaya
3 cups Water (add more as needed)
40g Rock Sugar or to taste

Soak the Snow Fungus in warm water until it expands and soften.  Cut and remove the center.  Then cut into small pieces.
Cut 1/2 of a Papaya into small chucks and set aside.

Using a clay pot, boil 3 cups Water.
Add in the Snow Fungus, let it simmer for about 30-40 minutes. Add more water as needed. Add 40g of Rock Sugar or to your taste. Wait for it to dissolve.
Then add in about 8 Red Dates, let it boil for about 10 minutes and add in the Papaya.  Let it simmer for another 10 minutes or until the Papaya are cooked.
Remove from heat and serve hot or cold.