Month of December, 2013 – “I AM GRATEFUL” Jar

  Time fly so fast! It comes to the end of the year 2013, and hopefully new year 2014 will open with more promises, luck, opportunities and happiness in life for everyone.   1. First I am thankful for being born as a girl, so that I could experience the roles of daughter and wife […]


Ingredients: 1 cup  kumquat 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tsp. lemon juice Directions: Soak and wash Kumquats with ½ teaspoon sea salt in a bowl Cut each Kumquat in half and then take all seeds out Blend all Kumquats in a blender until smooth Pour back Kumquat mixture into a cooking pot. Add half cup […]


Ingredients: Frog legs (about 10 legs) 2 tablespoon oil (I use avocado oil) 2 tablespoon minced lemongrass 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1/2 tsp. minced chili 2 tsp. seasoning salt 2 tsp. curry powder 1/2 tsp. pepper Directions: Wash and let frog legs dry. Marinate frog legs with curry powder and pepper. Turn oven to high […]


Around 80’s people were still poor in Vietnam, my parents got married and had no choice but to lived in a very small house that they shared with others. They tried to save every single Dong (VND Vietnamese currency) to born me. Even though my parents didn’t have a lot of money at that time […]


WOW! I JUST GOT MY FIRST AWARDS! When I checked notifications, I just realized that British Blokes Cooking nominated Chopstickspoon for the “WordPress Family” Award and the “Inner Peace” Award This is my very first time to receive two awards at the same time and I am so thankful to both awesome BBC1 & BBC2 for nominating […]


It starts to look like a white Christmas in Canada with snow although there are still 14 more days to go. People go crazy with shopping, decorating and making special plans for the holidays. This year I have decided to make some homemade foods such as Salted Caramel Toffee for giving away to family and […]


“I was born and grew up in Vietnam, a tropical country with hot weather and source of different delicious fruits including Ambarella. This salad recipe has been passed on to many generations in my family because it is a great side dish for men to eat while drinking beer, a natural medicine for women to […]

New Eat & Drink List

I want to explore new places in the city I am living as well as other cities, towns, and countryside. Tasting new foods and drinks always give me the inspiration of cooking creation in my little kitchen, so why not? Below will be a list of restaurants/ bars/ shops I would love to pay a […]

Clams with Lotus Roots + Alocasia Odora, Bean Sprout, Pineapple, Tomatoes, Okra, and Basil in Vietnamese Tamarind-flavoured Broth

2 pounds of clam 4 cups water 2 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon pepper 1 tablespoon Vietnamese fish sauce (optional) Pineapple, lotus roots, dry tamarind, chili, tomatoes, okra, Asian bean sprout, and stem of Alocasia Odora culantro & basil “Today I am making another Vietnamese comfort food recipe. I still follow my […]