We used the flowers from last week lavender festival to make these delicious cookies. I added some tapioca flour to the dough to make the cookies more chewy, which worked. We also set the oven temperature a little bit higher to keep the cookies from spreading too much (makes for moister cookies), which didn’t work as well as we hoped. Well, there’s always next time.
Anyhow, these cookies are still delicious and super fragrant. Yummy time!!!
Rice Paper Snack. Another street food that’s found readily available in front of every school gate in Saigon. It is a wonderful combination of cheap ingredients that usually include but not limited to: rice paper, dried shrimps, green onion, and red pepper. Back then with only 5000 VND (less than 50cent) I could have something to fill my stomach during the long hours of math and literature classes. Add to the delightful taste of this affordable meal is the pleasant suspense of hiding it from my teacher. :D
Everyone has their own favorite version. In ours, we added hard boiled eggs and mango. Turned out pretty good, even without having to hide it underneath my desk :P.
A common but additive street food in Vietnam. Ground beef is wrapped in wild betel leaf and is grilled until the meat is just about done and the outside leaf is crunchy. It is a flavorful and balance dish, that was made special by the beautiful fragrance of the betel leaf.
There used to be a time when our dates usually take place in the grocery stores: Ralphs, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, 99 Ranch… It is strange and sad but we both get a little bit excited looking at food in the markets, and tend to spend more money than we should for random items that we never know what to do with (like sea cucumber for example?!!) Now we are trying to be better about our food budget, but occasionally we still splurge, and this time it’s lychee from Ranch 99. Lychee is my favorite fruit growing up, so sweet and juicy….