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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vu has been craving for chocolate chip cookies so I decided to take on the cookie challenge.  Let’s just say that cookies are not my forte.  When I was still in pharmacy school, I failed miserably trying to bake chocolate chip cookies for a potluck.  A classmate of mine, O, took a bite of my cookies and said he felt sorry for whoever would marry their creator.  Then he kept on going without realizing that I had heard the entire commentary.  When O was done, I quietly took ownership of those cookies.  All of our friends roared with laughter as O’s face turned beet red and he started apologizing profusely for his comments.  I laughed it off and admitted that I was not born a baker.  Ever since, I am still intimidated by cookies.  Today, I am using a bit of help from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc At Home.  I altered the recipe a bit, using less butter and sugar to cut down on the calories.  They turned out quite delicious, one of the best chocolate chip cookies ever!  Quite moist and chewy! Too bad O is not around to taste them.


2 1/3 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 stick of butter, cut into small cubes
¾ cup of brown sugar
½ cup of granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz of chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350˚F.  Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl.

In a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth.

Add both sugars and beat until well combined.  Add the eggs one at a time and then mix in the vanilla, scraping the bowl as necessary to blend everything.

Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed to combine.

Mix in the chocolate chip.

Use an ice cream scooper, take about 2 tablespoons per cookie and transfer the dough onto a baking sheet.  Leave about 2 inches between the dough because it will spread.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking to ensure even cooking. Cool the cookies for 2 minutes.  Enjoy them with a glass of milk.

Take a bite of this!

Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Spareribs

I have been MIA from the blogging world for a while.  It feels good to be back!  Today, I am making brown sugar glazed pork spareribs, one of Vu’s favorite dishes.  This dish brings me back to my undergraduate days at UC Davis when I was living with two other girls, Kc and L.  We would cook together, then gathered around the dinner table and enjoyed our creations while chatting about classes, college drama, and everything in between.  Kc, one of my closest friends, showed me how to make this dish.  It is definitely one of the simpler Vietnamese dishes but incredibly delicious.  The meat falls off the bone with a hint of sweetness while your olfactory bulb picks up the scent of the sesame oil.  Every since Kc taught me how to make this dish, I have cooked it on a monthly basis, if not more often. I hope you find these pork spareribs as satisfying as I did.


1 lb pork spareribs
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 ½ tbsp fish sauce
3 tbsp of brown sugar
Green onions for garnish


Cut the pork into bite size pieces and boil on medium high heat for 20 minutes to soften the meat and remove any excess fat.

In a frying pan, add the sesame oil and turn on medium high heat.  Add the strained pork pieces and let them brown for about 5 minutes.  Add in the fish sauce and let the meat cook for another 5 minutes.

Add the brown sugar and let the meat caramelize for 10 minutes taking care not to burn them.

When ready to serve, garnish with green onions and enjoy it with rice.

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