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Easter Menu Course in between: Carrot & Glassnoodle Salad with Sesame Seeds

April 27, 2011

Well, there is actually not much to say about this dish. Just a yummy, quick salad and healthy as well. Enjoy the recipe 😉

And if you want more recipes of this year’s Easter Menu, then click HERE.

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Easter Menu Appetizer: Curry and Dill spiced Siu Mai

April 27, 2011

Siu Mai (aka Chinese Steamed Pork Dumpling) – do not only taste great, but will definitely be an eyecatcher for your guests as well! In my recipe, I have experimented a little bit with the seasoning and ended up with a unique taste of curry, dill and Vietnamese fish sauce instead of soy sauce. Actually, Siu Mai are made with pork and prawns, but due to some time pressure I was forced to omit the prawn layer. Sorry guys! Although they still are incredibly good as they are ^^

And if you want to see more Recipes of this year’s Easter menu, then click HERE.

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Comfort food: Extra fluffy Bánh bao (aka Vietnamese Steamed buns) with non-sticky dough recipe

April 17, 2011

Yay! Friday was the last day of school before the beginning of Easter vacation and I can say that it was a really good start, because my mom and me were making one of my absolute favorite dishes ever: my beloved BÁNH BAO !!!

Really, it was love at first bite and somehow I have always considered Bánh bao as some kind of comfort food, since I could only enjoy these tasty dumplings about twice a year and actually this matter of fact hasn’t changed. We only make them for special occasions like this time for Easter as a gift for our former neighbors ( that I have mentioned in the Party Sandwich Loaf post before ) and for some other acquaintances. Read more…

Young sticky rice dumplings with coconut-almond filling in vanilla sauce (Bánh chay cốm nhân hạt hạnh nhân dừa sốt vani)

April 4, 2011

Lately, I have become a bit lazy about posting, because I have to study for my school exams right now. But in order to make it up, I look forward to sharing my delicious dessert with you that I had last Sunday.

Filled rice dumplings are a very popular dessert among Asians and there are indeed plenty different versions according to each country and recipe. In Vietnam, we  call those “Bánh chay” or “Bánh trôi” which are often eaten during the Vietnamese New Year ( Tet ) and can be either served in a sweet soup or plain. Actually, this dessert is of Chinese origin and are called Tangyuan, but there are still some differences between the Chinese and Vietnamese version. In Vietnam “Bánh chay” are usually filled with Mung-bean paste and served  with some syrup and “Bánh trôi” are mostly eaten plain and filled with a little piece of sugarcane rock candy whereas the Chinese counterpart seems to include black sesame paste or red bean paste as a filling. But to be honest, each version has its own charm and I like all of them! xD

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Fig ‘n’ Cheese German Zwieback casserole with illustrated recipe

March 20, 2011

Hello guys! First of all, I wanted to apologize to my readers, because it has been almost 2 weeks since I recently posted a  food related entry. But today I want to share with you something very special. Today’s post doesn’t only include a yummy recipe, but on top of that I have also illustrated it all by myself ^^.

Now, you may wonder what the reason for this special post is. In fact, I have discovered an amazing site on the web which is called TheyDraw&Cook and at the moment there is a Fig Recipe Contest going on which I decided to join. Did I mention that apart from cooking, drawing is my other passion? ^^However, further information can be found here. Anyway, I absolutely recommend you to visit that site and have a look at the numerous lovely illustrated, mouth-watering recipes. It is just gorgeous! xD

German "Zwieback" slices

But before I give you the recipe, I have still one thing to say about my Fig ‘n’ Cheese Zwieback casserole. I am not very sure if “Zwieback” are available all over the world, so if that is not the case just replace them through rusks. Actually, Zwieback are also just a sort of rusks and when I was a kid, my mom often gave me them to eat when I had a gippy tummy. Nevertheless, I still like Zwieback very much, because of their crispy consistency and their lightly sweet taste.

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A thought at Japan and support

March 12, 2011

I am sure every one of you has already heard about the sad situation in Japan. I know this is actually a food blog, but since the Tsunami and the dramatic earthquake are a very serious topic which makes me also worried, I decided to dedicate this post to Japan, the victims and the next of kin.

By the way, if you want to help Japan you can even do this via Twitter. The tweets are showing you several ways how to support Japan. Follow this link: http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23SupportJapan

Let’s pray for them and hope there won’t be a nuclear disaster additional to the current catastrophe. So that Japan will recover quickly.

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Computer virus and Cheesy Egg Rice-noodle Pancakes

March 7, 2011

Hi guys!

One week left until I have to go to school again, because there are currently winter vacation here in Germany ^^ And you know what? Yesterday, I spent approximately 8 hours in front of my computer in order to get the crack version of “Adobe CS 5 Master Collection” which actually costs about 3000€ (= 4200$). Of course I don’t want to encourage you to do that illegal stuff, but in my case I really needed that programs and my family just can’t afford to spend thousands of euros for a software, so I had no other choice 😦   And man, I can tell you, although I was successful in the end, my head was just about to explode, because there were sooooo many fake downloads, viruses and that kind of stuff, I could have gone wild at any time o.O !!! In fact the program works fine, but my only objection is that I wasn’t able to delete 2 Trojans in time, so my PC has got some problems with the internet now and the system can’t boot correctly. Obviously, I have to go to a specialist next week so that he can fix it. Conclusion: Everything comes at a price, right? 😉

By the way, I would be very interested in knowing, if you ever had gone through that sort of problem as well?  If so, please feel free to tell me how it went out ^^.

My mom eating the Cheesy-egg-rice-noodle-pancakes

But of course, this is not a blog about my computer worries, so the main reason for this post is that I wanted to share one of my mom’s favourite recipe: Cheesy-egg-rice-noodle-pancakes!

Since my mom really likes that dish, I decided to surprise her when she comes back from her work. Besides there were some rice noodles (aka Pho) left already, so it wasn’t a big challenge to prepare the pancakes 😉 I recommend you to use very thin Vietnamese rice noodles (Pho) and not the thick ones or else the texture might turn out not to be tender enough. In my case, I used quick-cooking Pho noodles which you only have to soak in boiled water for 3-5 mins.

And have fun with the recipe 🙂 !

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