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Vermicelli Salad with sweet and salty dressing

Most simple salad dressing you will love! Believe it or not, I just made up this sauce today. LOL

Salad
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  • 1 cup vermicelli noodles
  • 1 cup chopped lettuce
  • 1 cup any veggie of your choice
  • shrimp or chicken

Annie's sweet salty salad dressing - good for 2-3 salad servings
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  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice or lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (three crab brand)
  • 1 tbsp chunky peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp chili sambal (jar with green cap)
  • (you can adjust the amount to fit your taste)

In a small pot, mix the sugar and lime juice and heat on high until the sugar dissolves. (about 1 minute).

Then remove from heat. Add 2 tbsp of fish sauce, chili sambal, and chunky peanut butter.

Mix until well combined. Let cool or you can chill in fridge until cold.

Pour sauce over salad when ready to serve.

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Yumaholic

Hi everyone!

I'm really excited to announce that my cookbook is now finally on iTunes App Store for iPhones/iPods! It also works on the iPad but it is not an iPad application yet (coming soon).  It has about 40-50 recipes that I personally developed over the past year.

Current features of this app are:

  • food recipes, ingredients, instructions
  • categories (to easily find what you are looking for or for idea starters!)
  • shopping list (where you can add items you need to buy to make the recipes)
  • contact me (you can send me emails and feedback if you have questions)

It is a very simple app to get you started on cooking!

I hope that you are able to support me and my desire to make great things.  I am so grateful to all the wonderful support and friends I've made on this food journey!

For over a year, I've spent any spare time I have coding objective-c to make this app.  I'm an aspiring iOS App Developer since 2010. I first learned iPhone app development in 2009 and have loved doing it ever since.  I'm a full time web developer during the day and food crazed Youtube fanatic by night and iOS app developer by late evenings and early mornings.  How do I find time to sleep, right? Haha! Believe it or not, coding comes to me in my sleep/dreams. 

A very special shout out to my husband for helping me prepare the dishes and for sharing some of his prized recipes.  I also want to give thanks to my wonderful and talented sister, Song Vang, for helping me finalize the user interface design.  Many thanks to my loving son, Benjamin for helping me write the music to use in my Youtube food videos.  Much love to my parents who always believed I could do anything I put my heart into.  And most of all, thank you to all my friends and supporters!!!! You make me happy knowing that I can share with you great food!  I'm surrounded by much love. :-)

Download the app on iTunes on your iPhone/iPod/iPad!

Deep fried tilapia fish

Here is my recipe how to make deep fried tilapia! You can adapt this recipe with any fish.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cleaned tilapia fish
  • 1/2 cup green onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup ladysthumb chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 cup culantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 lemongrass sliced thin
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 thumb ginger sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 4 tbsp oil for the sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups oil for frying
     
  1. Clean the tilapia fish and cut off the fins with a scissor or knife.
  2. Score the fish on both sides.
  3. In a small bowl, beat eggs and coat the tilapia in it.
  4. Coat the tilapia with flour on all sides.
  5. heat a pan over high heat.  Ad enough oil to deep fry the fish until golden brown. Flip on each side until golden brown and to ensure the fish cooks evenly.  When the fish is crispy on both sides, remove it from the oil and place onto a plate.
  6. In a smaller pot, make the sauce by adding 4 tbsp of oil, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, oyster sauce, salt, tomato, green onion, ladysthumb, cilantro, and culantro. You can use MSG if you like. Cook for a few minutes until the herbs are wilted and the tomatoes are soft.
  7. Pour the sauce over the fish and serve hot.

 

Catfish Soup Recipe

Here is a very fast and easy hmong / asian catfish soup tutorial. I hope you enjoy it! Please leave me a comment if you try this dish!  Some of you may or may not eat MSG anymore, but I can tell you that MSG does add a different flavor to this dish.  I'm not going to debate if MSG is good for you or not, but people use MSG in soups to enhance the flavor.

Ingredients

2 lbs catfish
3 tsp salt
2 cup tomatoes
1/2 cup shallots
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 lemon kaffir leaves
4 Thai chili, optional
1 cup mint
1 cup culantro
1 cup ladysthumb
1 tsp xyab txob (asian peppercorn roasted and grinded)
3-4 cups water

1.  Heat a pot on high and add water.

2.  Bring water to a boil and add the catfish, lemongrass, salt, fish sauce, tomatoes, kaffir leaves, shallots and thai chili.

3.  Cook for 10-15 min.

4.  Then add the veggies.

5.  Cook for 5 minutes and remove from heat.  Serve.

Ben's Birthday

Food display
 

Sweet Pork

 

Rice Cakes

 

BBQ Pork

 

Blue Crabs
 

Pork Larb

We had a great time celebrating Ben's 19th Birthday! He invited his friends and cousins to help him celebrate his special day. A few of his friends pitched in and they went to kill a whole pig. This was the first time these boys went out together and butchered a whole pig without any help from the elders. Good job boys! Every hmong man has to learn this at some point in his life!

 

 

Pho Broth Recipe

This is how I make my pho broth recipe:

Ingredients:

  • beef bones with marrow (leg bones) cut up in 2 inch pieces
  • 2 charred onion (then rinse and remove black parts)
  • 1 thumb (about 4 inches) charred ginger (same as above)
  • 1 spice packet (get it at the asian store, put in the small white mesh bag - coriander, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, fennel, cardamom)
  • 1 inch chunk rock sugar
  • lots of water (about 1-2 gallon)
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • Pho broth seasoning

     

  1. Wash the beef bones clean.
  2. Add the bones to a large pot and fill with water until covered.
  3. Boil the bones for 5-10 minutes to get rid of the impurities
  4. Dump water out and rinse the bones
  5. Put the bones back in pot and add lots of cold water
  6. Bring back to boil, cook for 1 hour
  7. Add the charred onion, charred ginger, spice packet, rock sugar, fish sauce, salt, pho broth seasoning
  8. Cook for additional 1-4 hours. Cook longer if you want stronger flavor.
  9. Season to your tasting.

Condiments: (optional and up to you!)

  • basil leaves
  • bean sprouts
  • sliced jalapeno
  • lime
  • hoisin sauce
  • sriracha sauce
  • crushed peanuts
  • culantro
  • chopped green onion
  • chopped cilantro
  • sugar
  • oyster sauce
  • fish sauce
  • meatballs
  • sliced beef
  • tendons
  • sliced tripe
  • other
 

Sesame Seed Balls

Home made sesame seed balls with mung bean filling. I don't like eating a glob of flour, so I don't use baking powder in my recipe.

Here's how I make mine:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar (add more sugar if you like)
  • 1/4 cup instant mashed potato flakes
  • 1 cup hot water

Mix all with your hand until it looks like play dough. If it's too dry, add a little more sprinkles of water. Then roll them into 1 inch balls.

  • 1/4 cup split mung beans (soak 1 hr then steam until soft)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
 
Mash up and form into little balls.
 
  1. Take the dough and flatten with palm of your hand.
  2. Make indentation with your thumb.
  3. Put in the filling.
  4. Fold/wrap the dough edges around the filling and snip off extra dough.
  5. Add white sesame seeds. You can dip the balls in water and then roll them in the sesame seeds.
  6. Fry in peanut oil on medium heat. Try not to use vegetable oil because this burns too easily.
  7. When the ball starts to float, press on it lightly to release some air. This will cause the dough to expand. Keep doing this while rotating the balls in the oil. It needs to cook evenly for about 15-20 minutes. Use lots of oil becaues the balls need to be submerged.
 
Stuffing alternatives
 
  • Try mashing up oreos and adding Nutella. Then form them into little balls.
  • Try cream cheese and sugar.
  • Try red bean paste or azuki beans.
  • Try peanut butter and vanilla wafers. Form them into little balls.
  • Try Andez chocolate mints, yum.
  • Try any kind of chocolate bar

Frequently asked questions:

How do I get them hollow?
When they start to float, lightly press on them. It will cause the dough to expand.

My balls become flat after they are out of the oil. How do I keep them crispy?
This all depends at the temperature and duration of how you fry them. Keep in mind, you must fry them for at least 15-20 minutes on medium heat, preferably using peanut oil. If yours cooks too fast, the outside will be golden but the inside will not be cooked. You also must turn these balls continuously so that they cook evenly.

Do you have any recommendations for beginners? I am making them for the first time.
Try making mini sesame balls. Make them smaller and fry them so you get a feel for how it should taste. Then gradually make them bigger until you get comfortable with the technique to get them to expand.

How do I get a lot of sesame seeds on the ball?
Dip the ball into water and roll them around in a bowl of sesame seeds. Then use your hands to lightly press the seeds on so they stick.

I don't have mashed potato flakes, do I need it?
You can leave it out if you don't have it.

Some recipes use baking powder, why doesn't your recipe use it?
I'm not a big fan of biting into globs of dough. I've tried a lot of recipes that use it with rice flour but I didn't like the texture. I like mine similar to the chinese sesame balls.  If you like it chewier and thick, you can add 1/2 tsp of baking powder.

 

If you have any questions, leave a comment below!

Soft sweet milk bread

This bread is soft, sweet, and delicious! This bread was inspired from my experience eating soft sweet japanese bread. I used a chinese method to make the flour paste. This helps the bread be soft!

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 packages of instant yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup bread flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick butter, softened and cut up in slices

Step 1

  1. Add 1 cup water and 1/3 cup of bread flour to a sauce pan. Mix on medium heat until it forms a thick paste.
  2. Remove and set aside to cool

Step 2

  1. In a mixer, mix 5 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt together.
  2. Mix wet ingredients together: 1 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 eggs, the flour paste from step 1.
  3. Make a well in the mixer and add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  4. Using the bread/kneading hook, knead until smooth.
  5. Add the softened butter one at a time.
  6. Knead for 20 minutes or until the dough is elastic and smooth.
  7. Set in a dry place and let it rise until double in size.

Step 3

  • Shape the dough into any shape you like.
  • Mix 1 egg white with 2 tbsp of water.
  • Brush onto the buns before baking.
  • Bake for 10-13 minutes on 350 degree oven OR until the top is golden brown.
  • Do not overbake, it will make your bread hard.
  • Remove and let cool.
  • Enjoy!

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