How to make Banh Xeo in three steps(Vietnamese Crepe with Shrimp)

I’m going to try and make some Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Crepe) next week.

It might come out all black but it’s worth a try!

Ingredients needed for Crepe Batter:

  • Rice Flour
  • White Sugar
  • Salt
  • Ground Turmeric
  • Coconut Milk
  • Water

Ingredients to fill up with Crepe:

  • Vegetable Oil
  • Minced Shallot (Your probably wondering what this is : Small Onions)
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Shrimp (Peeled)
  • Fish Sauce
  • Salt
  • Mung Bean sprouts
  • Lettuce Leaves

Time to get cooking and hope nothing explodes!

1. Cook the meat and fillings first in a nonstick skillet:

  • Cook Garlic and Shallot first for 1-2minutes
  • Then add shrimp for 3-4 minutes
  • Add fish sauce and remove and save the contents in a bowl

2. Crepe making time:

  • Assuming you made your batter already, you are now ready to cook the batter
  • Clean your Skillet and adjust to medium heat
  • Pour 1/2 cup of batter into the skillet
  • Swirl it to cover the bottom completely
  • Then throw in your fillings!
  • When you are ready, fold your crepe in half and remove it from the skillet.

3. Conclusion:

After you are done cooking the crepe. You can place it inside a 200 degrees F preheated oven to keep warm or just eat as is.

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Banh Xeo recipe from allrecipes.com

Source :

  1. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/247054/banh-xeo-vietnamese-crepes/

Sour Soup with Fish/Canh Chua Cá

I’m leveling up my cooking skills this weekend. I made some Canh Chua Cá. It means sour soup with fish.

You will need to go to an Asian store and buy these:

  1. Sour Soup Pack
    1. It contains all the veggies you need for your soup
    2. Tomatoes, Bean sprouts, okra, weird veggies, garlic, chili, and exotic herbs.
  2. Catfish
    1. Buy the precut steak looking ones.
  3. Tamarind or a pineapple
  4. Pepper, salt, sugar
  5. A stove, a giant pot, some oil, and cooking utensils

 

 

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Now that you got all the ingredients you will need to go online and find instructions on how to cook properly (see the video link below). That’s what I did :P.

Below I will sum everything up briefly:

  • With your pot add in oil and add in garlic, cook it until brown, then remove them
  • Next add in a lot of water then mix with salt and sour ingredients (I used pineapple b/c I did not have tamarind). Bring it to a boil
  • Add in the fish, leave for ten minutes and remove the fish to avoid overcooking
  • Add in all the veggies except the herbs, bring to boil for few minutes
  • Add in the fish again, bring to boil
  • Add in the herbs.
  • Now you are ready to eat….

Easy right?

 

Online Sources:

1.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO81lQvYodI

How to open up a coconut

In this post I will show you how to open up a coconut using sources that I found online.

I bought a coconut from an Asian store and left it siting in the kitchen for 2 months. It started growing mold so I finally decided to cut it open. The coconut water and the flesh tasted really sour. I ended up throwing them both away in the garden to decompose….

Below I will show you some steps on how to open up a coconut (1):

Step 1: Buy a coconut from a an Asian market.

Step 2:  Cleave the top part of the coconut slightly and look for the soft eyes

Step 3: Get a screwdriver or a nail and puncture some holes in it.

Step 4: Now drain the coconut water and drink it or something.

Step 5: Take it to a tropical island that has a tennis court and draw faces on it with your blood. Then name it Wilson or Babolat.

Fun ideas huh!

I found out better ways to cut open up a coconut by using a butter knife or smaller sharp knife (see videos below).

  1. For this method you will need any kind of knife to expose to upper part of the coconut’s shell.

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    Taken from fitfortwotv’s youtube video

  2. Next you will puncture that top part of the coconut shell with a butter knife or any knife. Look for the soft edges and try not to cut yourself.
  3. If all else fails you can try and break it up with a hammer.
  4. Be careful, your coconut might have pesticides on it!
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Footage from okraw: See Video here

Sources:

  1. http://www.wikihow.com/Open-a-Coconut
  2. How to open up a coconut in 45 seconds : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7adnlycAbs
  3. How to open up a coconut with a butter knife :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsP1ZZtuffU
  4. How to open up a coconut in 30 seconds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMeYi0IAoH4

Easy Foodie Strategy : A Cheap Body Building Diet

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Look it’s a duck. It’s food.

Being a foodie is an expensive hobby. And sometimes not all the strange exotic food from the fancy restaurants are mouth watering enough to be eaten. Is there a way to bypass the “Expensive” part?

In an effort to save money and time I will be conducting some research on how to eat cheap and still get all the calories/nutrition needed to gain muscle and body mass. Get my money and time’s worth by cooking my own food.

So according to the bodybuilding website I will need to

  • Eat six times a day
  • Stay away from brand name or processed food
  • Avoid Sugary Drinks
  • Eat more Carbs – Rice, Bread, Pasta, fruits and vegetables
  • Lean Protein – Whey protein between meals, and casein protein before bed.

 

Onwards to specific examples:

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Looks easy and tasty. A restaurant would charge 10$ for this.

 

What’s for lunch?

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The bibb lettuce burger. Looks easy to make right? Cook yourself a $10 Gourmet burger.

 

What’s for Dinner?

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Cook the Shrimp and brown rice. And then throw in all the vegetables. Simple right? Now you can save $15 because that’s how much you would pay if you ordered this at a restaurant.

Congratulations. You just learned how to save 35$ a day and still be a foodie at the same time. This method is called the cheapo Foodie technique.

I’ve tried expensive food at restaurants before and I know that I can save more money if I cook them myself and be creative with it. Tune in next time for more “cook your own exotic food blog entries!”

 

References:

  1. http://www.bodybuilding.com/content/meal-plan-for-every-guy.html

My breakfast creations : Oatmeal with Sugar Cane and Hibiscus Tea

I decided to try something new by creating my own breakfast menu instead of going out to eat other people’s food.

Below I have invented the oatmeal with sugar cane, bananas, and hibiscus tea.

 

How did I made it?

That’s a very good question fellow traveler. To make this you will need some oatmeal, boiling water and a sugarcane.

1.Get a small bowl pour some oatmeal over it.

2.Then add boiling water to it.

3.Then drop in a sugarcane and…..  voilà!

 

What about the Hisbiscus Tea?

For the hibiscus tea you will need to purchase a box of hibiscus tea from your local supermarket. Then get some boiling water!

  1. Pour boiling water into your mug
  2. Add in the hibiscus tea bag and let it seep for 5 minutes. (or however long you would like it.
  3. When you are done, you will get this red looking liquid: 
  4. hisbiscus-tea-with-oatmeal

 

What about the Bananas?

For the bananas you will have to get a butter knife and cut out small slices of the banana. After that throw it into the oatmeal (photo not shown).

How would you rate your own dish?

The food I made was quite inexpensive but it was missing texture. The sugarcane added a nice sugary feel to it but it was still hard to eat. There was no flavor in the oatmeal at all!

 

I would give my dish a 1 out of 5 stars. One for being creative and a negative 4 star for having no flavor.

Maybe some chicken and fried eggs to the oatmeal would increase the rating.

 

Thanks for reading! Be sure to come back next time for more food stories/food photography from me!

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New menu: Oatmeal with Sugarcane. And those bubbles what are those?

 

 

Share : Starbucks Japan releases Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino — RocketNews24

This is cool! I found this post from rocketnews. Follow the link below to see their full post:

The new limited-edition release surprised everyone when it appeared virtually unannounced around the country today. You know you’ve got a winning product when you don’t even have to officially advertise it to draw attention. That’s exactly what Starbucks Japan has been doing lately, with last month’s custard puddings, and now again with their latest Frappuccino release, the Matcha White…

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Food Adventure: Rahn Nan Noodles

On December 7th I decided to go on another food adventure to try out a Thai dish that I’ve never had before. The dish I tried was called Rahn Nan Noodle.

What are Rahn Nan Noodles?

Rahn Nan Noodles are flat noodles with broccoli and black bean gravy. Some restaurants add baby corn to it as well (my dish did not had any corn).

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Overall Story:

When I arrived at the Restaurant the waitress was already busy getting to go boxes for another costumer. So I took this opportunity and wondered around to look at the design of the restaurant. This is what I’m thinking in my head as I explored my surroundings, “Wow everything is so plain and transparent here”.

The waitress recommended that I try the duck flat noodles or the chicken noodles. But I didn’t wanted duck because duck has too much cholesterol. So I asked her if shrimp is any good. She said she there isn’t a lot of shrimp in it and she does not recommend it. I went with the shrimp anyways just because I am already familiar with eating chicken and duck.

I ordered the Flat noodles with shrimp and broccoli with a spiciness level of 7.

When the food arrived, I took out my phone and other camera to take a few pictures. I’ve decided that it’s time for me to level up as a food photographer and take 20+ pictures of my food at different angles before I start eating. I didn’t come here to eat, I only came to take pictures. Don’t worry about me! :P.

Here are some pictures:

 

Finally, I was done taking pictures and it was time to eat. The broccoli tasted like normal steamed broccoli and there was nothing wrong with it. Once I tasted the broccoli I moved onwards to see if the noodles are any good. The noodles were all the way on the bottom of the plate and it was very hard to pick up. It was so slippery that I had trouble picking them up with chopsticks and fork. When I finally got a chance to try out the noodles, “oh yeh, this taste just like regular noodles”. I never had flat noodles before so I am not sure how to compare this to other noodles. I think the noodles are too soggy though.

 

The waitress kept coming back to ask me if everything was ok. I said yes everything was ok. But maybe next time I should try to say, “no your noodles are too (insert complaint or compliment here)” just to hear what kind of responses they might give me.

 

Future Plans:

*My next food adventure I will try to file a complaint or compliment to build up some confidence. I also want to try and talk to a few other people at the restaurant and ask them what they think of their food but I am too quiet at the moment. *Tune in next time!

 

My overall rating on this menu:

The soup was just right, not too salty, spicy or bland. The broccoli makes everything healthier because it is a vegetable. The shrimp seemed like it was cooked properly so I didn’t had any complaint about that. I didn’t think the noodles were as good as the waitress said it would be. In terms of price, the dish also cost 15$.

My overall rating will be a 5/10 for this particular menu just because the price is a bit too high for noodles.

I believe you can get two cheeseburgers at McDonalds for 2.79$:

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Thank you for reading. What kind of food do you normally order at a Thai Restaurant? Feel free to comment below!