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Vietnamese Yogurt

December 14, 2016 Leave a comment
Vietnamese yogurt!

yogurt before incubation

My mom used to make her own yogurt when I was a kid. A few years ago, I got sentimental and my cousin gave me a yogurt maker to try to recreate the experience. It took 4 attempts and 3 different recipes over the course of 3 years, but I finally figured out how to make Vietnamese yogurt in a yogurt machine!

This recipe yields the perfect amount (7 individual six-ounce glass jars) for my Euro cuisine yogurt maker and only uses a few ingredients resulting in the perfect Vietnamese yogurt that I don’t have to trek to The Tenderloin for. For this finally perfect batch, I used Longevity brand sweetened condensed milk, Strauss organic plain whole fat yogurt and 1% milk. I just bought Trader Joe’s brand organic sweetened condensed milk and will see if that makes any difference. And no, I haven’t figured out the yogurt function on the Instant Pot.

Vietnamese yogurt!

Vietnamese Yogurt (from whiteonricecouple.com)

  • 1 can (14oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1.5 cup very hot water
  • 1.25 cup milk
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  1. In medium bowl, mix together can of sweetened condensed milk with very hot water.
  2. In a larger bowl, whisk milk and yogurt together until smooth.
  3. Pour condensed milk mixture into yogurt mixture and mix well.
  4. Pour into individual containers and incubate for 8 hours.

If you want more detailed instructions for making it on the stovetop without a yogurt maker, visit whiteonricecouple.com

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Categories: Asian, food, snacks, sweets

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs & Momofuku Soy Sauce Eggs

July 15, 2016 1 comment

After seeing friends post pictures of their Instant Pot creations on social media, I jumped on the bandwagon and bought an 8 quart, which is a bit larger than I had anticipated. Had I waited a few weeks, I could have been one of the 215k that bought the 6 quart for $70 on Prime Day. So far, I’ve steamed chicken (5 minutes per pound under pressure + 1 cup water), made a beef/eggplant stew, bo kho (just cook under pressure for half the time you’d simmer), chicken tinga and tons of hard boiled eggs.

Instant pot eggs

Yeah, hard boiled eggs aren’t hard to do on the stove top, but have you ever had eggshells that peel off as easily as plastic Easter eggs?

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Categories: Asian, food, Instant Pot, sides, snacks

Banana Chocolate Chip Scones

October 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Banana Chocolate Scones

The bananas and chocolate kick continues. A few weeks ago, a friend tipped me off to the banana chocolate croissants at b. patisserie. The weekend morning line was much, much shorter than that of Tartine and I really dug the banana chocolate croissants. I also had their banana chocolate scones which were amazingly moist and delicious. I had an appointment nearby last week and swung by to pick up another scone but they were out by the time I got there…how sad! My remedy? Make my own.

The recipe is super simple…the hardest part was waiting for my bananas to ripen and dealing with a somewhat crumbly dough (scone dough is supposed to be like that–its just a new texture for me to bake with). I tested a batch of frozen scones this morning (shaped, cut and frozen on a tray so that they don’t stick together before being thrown together into a ziploc) and those worked out great as well! I just baked those at the same temperature for an extra 2 minutes. My 3.5-year-old niece also loved these scones…but wanted to add raisins. No way, kid. This is a strongly anti-raisin family!  Read more…

Mark Bittman’s Spicy Cheddar Shortbread Cookies

August 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Spicy cheese shortbread cookies

 

My cousin hosts a monthly potluck dinner party and this time, I volunteered for appetizers. I’ve made these once before and never documented but they’re too easy and good to forget about. The dough takes 3 minutes to pull together in the food processor, 20 minutes in the fridge to set, and then 12 minutes in the oven to bake. Very little effort for some super tasty cheese cookies that go well next to a plate of salami and olives. I like to sprinkle mine with some fresh cracked pepper and flaky Maldon sea salt before baking them in the oven. If you want a crispier cookie, make your balls a bit smaller. I was pressed for time (my nap lasted longer than anticipated) so my cookies were a little larger than usual. Read more…

Categories: appetizers, snacks

Zony’s Croquettas (Tuna Croquettes)

April 24, 2013 1 comment

Zony's Croquettas

Zon worked for my best friends’ family for over 30 years as their nanny/cook/auntie. I’ve known her since I was 13 and have eaten too many of her meals to count. Almost every photo I have of Zon is of her cooking. If she’s not cooking, she always has a huge smile and food is in the frame.  The last time I saw her was in 2008 the day I left for Chicago; she’s since retired and moved back to her native Philippines. Boohoo!

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I first learned about Zon when my friend brought croquettas to school. Most of us had bagels, pb&j or mac n cheese…these fried balls stuffed with tuna and potato were something new but familiar…and delicious! Love at first bite. Read more…

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Smoked Whitefish Dip

October 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Smoked Trout Dip

I lived in NYC for a summer on the Upper West Side. At that time, I didn’t cook because I had ten short weeks to take in all that the city had to offer. I knew I wouldn’t be moving there long-term, so I had to take advantage of the time I had. One of my favorite snacks in my neighborhood was the whitefish dip from Zabar’s. I could finish the container with some pita chips in one sitting. Costco also sells a 1 lb tub that is a bit much, so when I got the craving today, I figured it out for myself.

You can use any smoked fish for this recipe, but I used trout. I was home alone for the weekend and ended up finishing the entire batch in about 24 hours. Read more…

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Peach Salsa

September 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Peach Salsa

A few weeks ago, we had friends over for taco night. I made a batch of carnitas, tacos al pastor (which I’ll share with you in another post), pickled carrots & jalapenos, crunchy tomatillo-avocado salsa and peach salsa.

Peach salsa may sound a little weird but I wanted something different. I thought a fruity salsa would go well with the tacos al pastor (I was totally right) and it was prime peach season. Sadly, peach season is almost over but there’s always next year… Read more…