Banh Bo Nuong (Vietnamese Honeycomb Cake)

banh bo nuong

(Original Post Date:  Jan 9, 2011) Who knew that Vietnamese Honeycomb Cake (Banh Bo Nuong) would end up being one of the most difficult cakes I’ve ever tried to make?  My friend gave me a delicious homemade Banh Bo Nuong around Christmas time, and I’ve been trying to duplicate it ever since.  The more I [...]

Pandan (Screwpine) Chiffon Cake

pandan chiffon cake

(Original Post Date:  December 06, 2010) I’ve always been a fan of the Vietnamese sweets that incorporate Pandan flavor (Screwpine leaf)… but I’ve never seen a Pandan leaf – so I probably wouldn’t recognize it even it if was right in front of me. Thankfully, my friend Connie had a bottle of Pandan extract that [...]

Pad Thai at 2am

pad thai

(Original Post Date:  June 25, 2010) After grad school, I lived near Hollywood, in the area of Los Angeles know as Los Feliz.  My apartment was about 2 blocks from the William Mulholland fountain, walking distance from the Griffith Observatory and the Los Angeles Zoo, and just about a mile from Thai Town.  I got used to being able [...]