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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stir Fry Noodles – Hủ Tiếu Xào Chay

Ingredients & Cooking Directions for  Vegetarian Stir Fry Noodles (Hủ Tiếu Xào Chay) 

Estimated Servings: 4

Step 1: Fry the Tofu

1 cup cubed firm tofu
tablespoon vegetable oil

Turn your heat on the medium-high and add the oil into a wok or large pan. Fry the tofu on all sides until they turn golden brown. Then remove the tofu from the oil and drain on top of paper towels.

****Make sure tofu is completely dry before frying to prevent oil splatter.

Step 2: Prepare the Noodles

10 cups hot water
1 package tapioca sticks or tapioca rice noodles (1 bao hủ tiếu dai)

Add your tapioca sticks into the hot water and allow them to soak for about 30- 40 minutes until they soften.


Step 3: Make the Sauce

3 tablespoons soy sauce
tablespoon vegetarian oyster sauce
1 teaspoon sugar

Add in the soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar into a bowl and stir everything together until the sugar completely dissolves. Then set it aside until it is ready to use.

Step: 4 Stir-Fry Time!!!

teaspoon vegetable oil
 ½ cup chopped yellow onion
tablespoon chopped garlic
3 cups chopped baby bok choy
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup julienned carrots
teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon mushroom seasoning

Turn your stove on medium-high heat and add some cooking oil to a large wok or pan. When the oil is hot, add in your garlic and onions and stir-fry them until fragrant. Then add in the vegetables and mix them up. Now add in the soaked tapioca sticks and stir fry everything to combine the ingredients. Pour in your sauce that you made earlier and toss everything up and make sure the sauce coats all of the noodles and vegetables.

****At this point, if your noodles are too dry, you can add in some water 1 tablespoon at a time to get the noodles to your desired consistency. My noodles were the consistency that I wanted so I did not need to add any water.

After stir-frying everything for about 5 minutes, season with salt, pepper and mushroom seasoning. Finally, add in the fried tofu and cook everything up for another minute or until the noodles and vegetables are completely cooked.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How to make Pandan Honeycomb Cake - Bánh Bò Nướng Lá Dứa


Ingredients & Cooking Directions for Honeycomb Cake (Bánh Bò Nướng Lá Dứa)


Estimated Servings: 12 slices

Step 1: Beat the Eggs

7 large eggs

Beat the eggs in a mixer or by hand with a whisk for about 3 minutes, strain it through a sieve and place in the fridge until ready to use.

*** It is very important to pour the eggs through a sieve to strain anything that is weighing it down. In order to get the honeycomb to form inside the cake, you need to make sure everything in this cake very light so that it can rise.

Step 2: Make Sweet Cream

7 ounces coconut cream
3 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon pandan extract
2 cups granulated sugar

Add all of the ingredients in this step into a small pot, turn your stove on high, and whisk all ingredients up until they come to slight boil and sugar has completely dissolved. Then turn off the heat and allow the cream to cool off completely at room temperature.

**To make fresh pandan extract, click on this link right here at 0:29.

Step 3: Make the batter

14 ounces tapioca flour
tablespoon rice flour
tablespoons single acting baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

Add all of the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Then pour the eggs into the sweet coconut cream mixture and blend them until well combined. Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk them together until the flour dissolves into the batter.

*** Single acting baking powder is a MUST for this recipe. This is a crucial ingredient to help the cake rise and form honeycombs inside.

*****You can make single acting baking powder by using 1 tbsp. of cream of tartar and 1 tbsp. of baking soda sifting them together.

Step 4: Bake the cake

Non-stick baking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray your baking pan with non-stick baking spray spreading it all over the inside of the pan. Now pour the batter into the pan through a strainer to ensure that all the lumps are out. Bake the cake for about 35-40 minutes on 350 degree F or until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle of the cake. Allow it to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes. Then place it on a plate, slice it up and enjoy!

**** To bake the cake, I used a nonstick 9-Inch round cake pan.


How to make Vanilla Honeycomb Cake - Bánh Bò Nướng


Ingredients & Cooking Directions for Vanilla Honeycomb Cake (Bánh Bò Nướng)

Estimated Servings: 12 slices

Step 1: Beat the Eggs

7 large eggs

Beat the eggs in a mixer or by hand with a whisk for about 3 minutes, strain it through a sieve and place in the fridge until ready to use.

*** It is very important to pour the eggs through a sieve to strain anything that is weighing it down. In order to get the honeycomb to form inside the cake, you need to make everything in this cake very light so that it can rise.

Step 2: Make Sweet Cream

7 ounces coconut cream
3 tablespoons water
2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Turn stove on high heat and whisk all ingredients in this step up until they come to slight boil and sugar has completely dissolved. Then turn off the heat and allow the cream to cool off completely at room temperature.

Step 3: Make the Batter

14 ounces tapioca flour
tablespoon rice flour
tablespoons single acting baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

Add all of the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Then pour the eggs into the sweet coconut cream mixture and blend them until well combined. Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk them together until the flour dissolves into the batter.

*** Single acting baking powder is a MUST for this recipe. This is a crucial ingredient to help the cake rise and form honeycombs inside.

*****You can make single acting baking powder by using 1 tbsp. of cream of tartar and 1 tbsp. of baking soda and sifting them together.

Step 4: Bake the Cake

Non-stick baking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray your baking pan with non-stick baking spray spreading it all over the inside of the pan. Now pour the batter into the pan through a strainer to ensure that all the lumps are out. Bake the cake for about 35-40 minutes on 350 degree F or until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle of the cake. Allow it to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes. Then place it on a plate, slice it up and enjoy!


**** To bake the cake, I used a nonstick 9-Inch round cake pan.