By: Phuong | Comments Off on Américain | | Category: Savories | Tags : , ,

Yes, it’s French for American but is also a dish – steak tartare à la mode belgique. Most if not all brasseries in Brussels offer this dish as their house specialty. The more reputable restaurants grind the meat to order. So what exactly is l’Américain? It’s minced beef with condiments – raw... more

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I’m a chilihead

By: Phuong | Comments Off on I’m a chilihead | | Category: Musings | Tags :

I’m imagining myself at a Chilies Anonymous meeting, “Hi, my name is Phuong and I’m a chilihead.” Whew, that was a load off my mind! But can I stop eating it or even eat it in moderation? Nope, no can do!  I have to have copious amounts of chilies in... more

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A word on rice

By: Phuong | Comments Off on A word on rice | | Category: Chinese, Cooking 101, Savories, Vegetarian, Vietnamese | Tags : , ,

There are several schools on how to cook rice. For me, there is only one way and I don’t want to hear about Uncle Ben’s! Most people cook it on the stove top – bring the rice to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Perfect rice. My own... more

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Welcome in

By: Phuong | 2 Comments | | Category: Musings

Thanks for visiting this blog. I’ll be posting recipes mostly from Southeast Asia but everything else as well, whatever we’re into at the moment. As I think about food 24/7, it would be amiss of me not to write about my reflections on food and what it has meant to... more

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