Sunday, April 28, 2013

The White Mesh Peplum (two ways)

TOP: Urban Outfitters | Jeans: Diesel | Pumps: ZARA


Same top and pumps | Skirt: Club Monaco
Can you believe that I got the white top for $8.99 since its original price is $59.99? Yes! Haha, Urban Outfitters was having a sale and I got %10 discount for the shirt was missing a button on the back!
TIPS: Pay careful attention when trying clothes on to the details: materials, stitching, seams, buttons... 
Always acknowledge the mistaken details for the good chance that you'll get discount!
Thanks for reading,
An Trieu

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Floral Blazer

 BLazer: Urban Outfitters | Crop top: Motel Rock (Nasty Gal) | Jeans: American Apparel | Belt: thrifted | Pumps: ZARA

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An Trieu

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Soul Food Journey #2! Vietnamese Tofu Dessert with Sugar Syrup and Ginger

Soul Food Journey is a series here that I document my homemade food and drinks of all kind that I love and have adjusted to my taste! Surely, they are all healthy and delicious!
My Soul Food Journey #2. Check out my Soul Food Journey #1 (Korean Japchae)
All of these ingredients can easily be found at any Asian markets!
1. Ingredients:
Orange Tofu -according to the color of the package (Extra Soft)
1 package per serving

 Brown Sugar (Palm sugar would be fine too!)
This bag comes with 5 pieces!
I used 2 pieces per 3 servings!

 Ginger (thinly slice)

2. Prepping and serving:
Boil a cup of water and add in 2 or 3 pieces of the brown sugar. Simmer in low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. (Adjust the sweetness to your taste by adding more water or sugar. Remember the syrup has to be a lot sweeter than normal because it will balance the plain taste of the tofu later on when you add everything together)

Then add in the sliced gingers before serving and simmer for couple more minutes.
Add in thinly sliced ginger pieces

Use a flat/narrow spoon and scoop out 1 package of the tofu into a bowl and MICROWAVE it in 1-2 minutes. Add in the hot sugar syrup and serve right away!

3. Storage
Simply pour the syrup into a glass jar or any containers and store it in the fridge or even everywhere at room temperature! 
Reheat the syrup for the next serving!

In Vietnam, we usually don't make this dessert at home because the soft tofu is not that easy to make. Only people who do this for a living know how, and they sell it a lot as street vendors anytime of the year. Thankfully, here in America, they have it made and packaged nicely, so we can have it homemade. However, originally, we usually serve this dessert with condensed coconut milk with added tapioca starch for the dense consistency. I tried this with the coconut milk here, in America, and didn't really like it). You can try adding it in, who knows you might like it!
Hope you enjoy and thanks for reading!

An Trieu

That's how we do! :D

Monday, April 22, 2013

Different kind of Grime!

Shirt: Urban Outfitters, Chain: H&M, Pants: American Apparel (Disco pants), Sandals: Zara
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An Trieu

Monday, April 15, 2013

Soul Food Journey! #1 Korean Japchae Vietnamese Style

Japchae is a Korean stir fried noodle mixed with vegetables dish. 
1. Ingredients: (could be found at any Asian restaurants)
Starch Noodles ("dangmyun")
- Beef
- Half a cabbage
- 1 Medium size Carrot
- 1 Medium size Onion
- Mushrooms ( dried Shiitake, button mushrooms,... or any kinds of mushrooms would be delicious!)
- Garlic
- Green Onion
- Soy sauce, vegetable or olive oil, Sesame oil, sugar, pepper, Sesame seeds
- Spinach (not used here, but recommend! Boil and rinse with cold water, chop and mix with the mixture)
- Eggs
- Green, Red, yellow peppers (adding colors. You can neglect it if you don't like the taste)
2. Prepping:
- BEEF MARINATING: Cut the beef into strips, pencil-size, across the grain, mix it with: soy sauce, a pinch of salt, finely chopped garlic, sugar, pepper, sesame oil, sesame seeds. 
Cover with a plastic grap and put into the fridge
Well-marinated beef!
- Soak the dried Shiitake mushrooms with hot water, let it soft and slice
- Carefully wash all vegetables, and slice 
Chopped/ Sliced Vegetables
 - Boil the Starch noodles (as instructed, or once it's softened), set aside (add in soy sauce and sesame oil into the noodles)
Korean Noodles (After boiled)
- Prepare the soy-sauce mixture to mix with all stir-fried ingredients later: A bow of soy sauce, half bow of sugar, finely chopped garlic, and sesame seed
- Cut green onion into 3-in thin strips, soak into cold water for garnishing later
Green Onion, Garlic, Soy Sauce, Sugar, and Sesame Seeds
3. Stir frying and mixing
- Add in vegetable or olive oil into a hot pan, put in any vegetable you'd prefer and stir fried it quickly till it's cooked, add in a pinch of salt and sesame oil each time
- Stir fry the marinated beef
- Fry some eggs and slice into strips
- Mix all stir fried ingredients with the soy-sauce mixture made earlier (do it with clean hands). Add in the egg strips, green onion, and sesame seeds for decoration.

Final Product! I've added some fried egg, Sesame Seeds, and Green Onion garnishing!
More close-up!
All ingredients are well-mixed!
Would you like some?
I love this dish, easy to make and taste delicious! Promise you won't get tired of eating this at all, not until you're full of course! I love Korean food!
Instagram Recap!
Happy Cooking,

and thanks for reading!

An Trieu
 P.S: Check out Maangchi and her Korean cooking show on You Tube! I love her personality so much! She's Korean living in America though! Maangchi