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Cauliflower Fried Rice

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I know, I know. Chinese sausages is super bad for you, but I had it in my pantry and needed to use it. OKAAAY Confession: I actually forced my parents to buy me some fresh ones when I was back in CA for winter break. Anyway, now that I think about it, I don’t really crave for Chinese sausages anymore because it just sounds too sweet for me, but when I made it, it was soooo satisfying & delicious. You can always sub out the Chinese sausages for other meats. I’ve already made it with chicken twice.

So here’s what I did. With fried rice, you basically cook everything separately and just put it in with the rice in a big pot. I scrambled 4 eggs, heated some mixed veggies (I bought the huge frozen Costco pack), & cooked the sliced chinese sausages. Back at home, my mom would stir fry garlic and ginger and add the rice so I did the same, just with cauliflower rice. Then you add in all the ingredients you cooked before and voilaaa. Got yourself some cauliflower fried rice. Add pepper, sriracha, soy sauce, you can have whatever you liiiike. Lil spoon likes cilantro in his fried rice because it reminds him of Oakland Chinatown fried rice, so you can give that a try too. Enjoy!

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Vietnamese Beef Stew

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My mom brought me a slow cooker and I had no idea what to use it for. It was just sitting at the very bottom of my kitchen cupboard. Finally spent some class time looking up slow cooker recipes and nothing motivated me enough to use it… Until I had a crazy (month+ long) craving for some home-made bo kho (beef stew), just like how my momma makes it back home. Lil spoon looked up a recipe for slow cooker bo kho and voila found this!

Lil spoon then went to Chinatown while I studied and he picked up the spices and other ingredients. The meat we used were some beef with tendon and we grabbed some without the tendon. The only things we were missing were the potatoes (purposely), cinnamon sticks (didn’t have it), & annatto seeds (lil spoon’s cantonese can only take him so far….). Also, some substitutions: instead of flour, we used almond flour and instead of all water, I substituted half of it for beef broth.

Of course, my kitchen still doesn’t have measuring spoons so I used my Vietnamese senses to get the taste just right. Turned out as the best bo kho I’ve ever had (including mom’s, I could be biased though). We ate it with a side of cauliflower rice & sriracha. Yums.

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