• Noodles,  Vietnamese

    Vietnamese Crab Noodle Soup (Bún Riêu)

    There’s something incredibly comforting about a bowl of tomato and meatball soup on a gloomy day. Its hearty flavors balance perfectly with the heaps of fresh herbs. Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients! Most of them are just herbs, and you definitely don’t need all of them. For a casual bowl, you can just top it with scallions or mint and call it a day. With the growing popularity of the Instant Pot, you can definitely use it to prepare the stock. It will be ready in just 30 minutes! How does that sound? Why not give it a try?    Ingredients Serves 8-10 Stock 3 pounds…

  • Braised,  Chinese/Taiwanese,  Meat,  Noodles

    Chinese Braised Brisket Lo Mein

    It was Mid Autumn Festival [中秋节] yesterday. The harvest moon was high and bright in the sky, and I was craving a homely meal and some lotus paste mooncakes. I don’t live with my parents anymore– and since they are quite a distance away, I have to resort to my own kitchen to satisfy my cravings. Thankfully, I do enjoy cooking :). I figured I would cook one of my dad’s favorite dishes, mun ngao lam (braised beef brisket). I gave him a call after work and asked him in detail of the ingredients and steps to prepare this dish.         Ingredients  2.5 – 3 pound beef drop flank,…

  • Braised,  Chinese/Taiwanese,  Epic Recipes,  Noodles

    Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

    Noodle soup is the purest form of cultural expression. Noodle soup is truth. Ok, am I exaggerating a little? Maybe. Noodle soup always tells a story. It is said that during the Tang Dynasty,  Muslims brought beef noodle soup to western China. The Muslim populations influenced Chinese food heavily with beef dishes and unique spices. La mian (hand-pulled noodles) supposedly has Muslim origins as well. Over time, beef noodle soups gained popularity and became a staple in Lanzhou and other regions of China. Beef noodle was then brought to Taiwan during the early 1990’s after World War II. It is now considered the national dish of Taiwan.  Are you ready to…