Short Ribs with Tagliatelle

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We’re heading off on vacation soon and I’m really looking forward to basking in the sun and enjoying some good eats. If you’re a foodie like me then you probably spend hours, days, weeks researching of places that are worth dining at when you’re visiting a different city. My hubby thinks I’m crazy but I really like to make the most of our time and try as many different things as possible.

Before I head off I wanted to share this awesome recipe with all of you. I absolutely adore short ribs and this short rib ragu is too good to keep all to myself. It’s rich, hearty and oh so satisfying! I love the noodle-like quality of the tagliatelle and we really enjoyed having this for dinner. The leftovers tasted even better! Continue reading

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Vietnamese Braised Pork with Eggs (Thit Heo Kho Trung)

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I have been using my dutch oven non-stop lately, churning out stews, braised meat dishes, ragus and loving every dish!  Vietnamese braised pork with eggs is truly comfort food and it always brings back childhood memories each time I make it.  My mom made this dish quite often when I was young.  I remember one summer my brother and I became addicted to this dish and created lettuce wraps with it.  We’d take a piece of pork, a spoonful of rice, wrap it in lettuce and dip it in the sauce.  I think my mom made this dish for us at least once a week for a month just so we could eat it as lettuce wraps. Continue reading

Koto Sushi Lounge

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I bought a voucher for Koto Sushi Lounge a while back and since it was expiring soon we decided it was time to use it.  I made a reservation for the 3 of us and specifically mentioned that we required a high chair as we had a baby with us.  I always like to reserve a high chair just in case the restaurant only has one available.  It’s a shame that more restaurants don’t invest in purchasing more than one high chair for their establishment.  It makes it harder for those with babies to go out for a meal.  We were escorted to our table right after we checked in for our reservation and was seated in a booth in the back corner.  The hostess disappeared once we reached our table.  A few minutes later, our server came by and I asked about getting a high chair for our baby.  The server told us that it was being used by someone else at the moment.  I found that to be rather interesting because no one else in the entire restaurant had a baby with them and I didn’t see a high chair being used by anyone else either.  That’s fine – I wasn’t going to argue with our server so we just made do with it.  Our baby is 9 months old now and is quite active.  He’s can pull himself up while holding onto furniture and loves to climb stairs.  Since he was sitting in the booth with us, we pushed all of the plates, cutlery and glassware away from the edge of the table so it was out of reach for him.  When the server returned with our drinks she pushed everything back so it was sitting right in front of our baby.  Strange.  We had to push everything away again. Continue reading

Braised Beef Shank

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Lately, I’ve been trying to base my cooking on whatever cut of meat is on sale for the week.  A little while ago, beef shank was on special and I wondered what I could do with it.  Not too many dishes popped up when I did a search on the internet and it doesn’t seem to be a very popular cut in western cuisine either.  I’ve only had beef shank before as a cold starter dish in Chinese restaurants but have never tried to make it myself so I decided this was the time to start. Continue reading

Miso Glazed Salmon

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I love putting together a quick meal, especially one that tastes like you’ve been cooking for hours.  Miso glazed salmon is one of those meals that I can pull off with my eyes closed.  It’s also one of the fish dishes that my hubby actually raves about – which is saying a lot.  Before he met me he had sworn off fish as when he was a young boy he had choked on a bone while eating a fish stick.  Over the years I’ve gradually convinced him to start eating fish and now he actually craves for it (occasionally). Continue reading