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Trang Nguyen

San Diego, CA 53 posts

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Goi Ngo Sen (lotus root salad with shrimp and pork)

This is a typical Vietnamese salad. So easy to make since you just have to boil all meats and cut up veggies! Like most Vietnamese salads, it is made with shredded chicken, pork or shrimp. I picked pork (a piece of pork tenderloin or one that has a little skin, little fat and meat) and size 16-20 shrimp. Most tedious part is slicing the lotus roots. If you slice too thick, it will me tough to chew. So I like to thinly slice mine at an angle so it's still long and easy to pick up with chopsticks. ingredients: 1

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Drunkin noodles with chicken

Who likes chow fun noodles or spicy drunken noodles? This is my husband's favorite! Recipe: 16 ounces thick rice noodles. The package I bought was 32 ounces but it's too much for 2-4 servings. So I use 1/2 and the other half I save for pho. The fresher the better! Do not bother trying to make this with cold noodles that you've put on the fridge. I buy from market when it's still warm and make it the same day. If not oh will break into small pieces. This is after a few attempts. These are the noodles I

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Ca kho to aka clay pot caramelized catfish

This is a very traditional Vietnamese dish. My mom made it often growing up. Tonight, I took the last of my dad's catfish from his fishing trip in New Orleans to make this. And for the record, even if you don't have a clay pot, you can still make this. I've made it in my le creuset. My clay pot has a shinny gloss so it doesn't stick like other clay pots. Please keep in mind as you make this, add more or less salt, sugar and pepper to your liking. Everyone's taste buds are different. Ingredients: 1.5-2 pounds

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Soups

Instant Pot: chicken and dumplings

It's been too hot for soup, but I had a 1/2 roasted chicken leftover. Been thinking about it for a while now and figured since it was cool tonight, I made it in less than 30 minutes on saute mode. Ingredients: 1/2 of a chicken (deboned) shredded into small pieces 1 large carrot (peeled and chopped in 1/4" slices) 2 minced garlic cloves 1 tablespoons olive oil 1 slices jalepeno 2 cups of water 2 cans of chicken stock 1 can of water Salt/pepper to taste Chopped Green onion and cilantro as garnish Directions making soup:

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Instant Pot: Chicken Adobo

Chicken adobo in my Instant Pot today. Shout out to all of my Filipinos friends that has inspired this in the instant pot tonight. Most of you know I don't like dark meat, but this is the only type of meat I've ever seen in adobo, so I am sticking to the the original recipe (3 drums and 3 thighs). Most recipes ask to marinade for a few hours but I didn't have time for that tonight. And for the record, there's not a difference in taste that I can taste. Ingredients: 4-6 pieces of chicken (thigh and drums) 1/

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