Nước chấm is a popular condiment and staple of Vietnamese food. It’s a multipurpose sauce, used as a dip for egg rolls, summer rolls, bún (rice noodle dishes), and lots more. It’s made with fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, garlic, and Thai bird chili peppers, but I haven’t had fish sauce in my pantry in a couple years. I’ve found that I can achieve similar flavors with plant-based umami sources – mushrooms, soy sauce, mushroom seasoning, vegan chicken boullion cubes,… Read more »

I’ve been meaning to make a blueberry coffee cake for a couple weeks now, but haven’t had the time. We’ve been out of town the past week, so the last few days were for getting recharged and back to the norm. I woke up early this morning, and made this blueberry coffee cake. I admit, it was pretty awesome being able to get this done before both of my baby girls were up! Let’s talk about this coffee cake! Not… Read more »

The other week, I was at the San Mateo farmer’s market, and there was a vendor selling all sorts of sprouted beans and lentils. I’ve never sprouted lentils before, but I do love me some red lentils – in chili, soups, and stews, and I wanted to make a salad out of some. You can’t eat lentils raw, but you can eat them raw if they have been sprouted. They become more readily digestible, phytic acid content is reduced (phytic… Read more »

Somehow, I always cook more chickpeas than I need. I try to find different ways to use them in my food, and this time, while I was looking in my fridge, I knew that the leftover brown rice I had would be a perfect binder and lighten up the density of the chickpeas in some veg burgers. I love these veggie burgers, and wish I made more, because my husband snacked on the last couple of patties before bed. Thanks… Read more »

This recipe is for my friend, Stella! I post frequently on Instagram (@this_veglife), more often than I do here. I haven’t had much time to do other stuff, since I had my baby towards the end of August, and meals as of late have been flash-prepared in a matter of minutes, with no time to write down recipes. When I posted a picture of this and Stella asked for the recipe, the pressure was on to start doing this recipe-writing… Read more »

It sounds elaborate, but it’s really not, which is why I love this dessert. Before I made this, I was envisioning a hot pumpkin pudding. I made it about four times, failing to achieve the right consistency, and was about to give up and think of something else to make for my fall-themed cooking class last week. The morning of my cooking class, a light went on in my head, to use some of the sweetened condensed non-dairy milk I… Read more »

This dish just screams “fall food!” It’s vibrant in fall colors, earthy, rustic, and packed with nutritious whole grains and plant love. I thought of this dish when I was prepping my menu for a cooking class, with the theme “Falling for the plant-based meal.” The same night I was making this dish, we were supposed to go out for dinner with some friends. But the day turned into a wet and rainy one, and we decided to forego walking… Read more »

When I first became “super plant-based,” it wasn’t hard for me to not eat meats like chicken or beef, and I haven’t craved the taste or texture of those meats in over a year and a half. I do, however, order shrimp or other seafood every once in a while, especially if the restaurant’s vegetarian or vegan option is a total rip-off and sounds disgusting (which happens). This is why I can’t call myself 100% vegan, but I am fully… Read more »

This has been my most-requested recipe to put up on the blog, so it’s time for this soup to make an appearance! I always delay posting this because it is so quick to make and I never write the recipe down. But I hear ya and here it is! Last week, I was a guest speaker at a Whole Foods plant-based meet up, and my topic was how to stock the Asian vegan pantry. I spoke about some ingredients that… Read more »

These little bean and rice wraps are pretty much a staple in this house these days. I love making them, because collard greens are a greater source of nutrients and fiber than white flour tortillas or rice paper summer roll wrappers (although I love those as well, but you gotta make the majority of your intake nutrient-dense!). And for your wallet’s sake, a whole batch of these wraps costs less than $5 to make. I’ll even get into some nutrition… Read more »