Cooking / Food

Favorite Recipes 001: Cajun Shrimp, Thịt Kho, and Mille-Feuille Nabe

I’ve been working from home for over a month at this point and honestly, with the way things are going, I’m expecting to continue the extreme social distancing through the summer. This period has been really anxiety-inducing and stressful. Even more so, I’ve been getting really homesick and I’ve been missing my mom’s cooking especially now that I know I won’t be able to visit home anytime soon.

One thing I’ve been doing to help relieve the stress and homesickness is recreating my favorite dishes at home. It’s really relaxing for me to cook and even better when I enjoy the delicious meal afterward. I thought it would be fun to share the dishes I’ve been making on my blog!

Cajun Shrimp recipe from Cultural Chromatics

Delicious Level ★★★★★
Difficulty Level ★☆☆☆☆ (easy)

One of my guilty pleasures is cajun boil! I only eat this every once in a while since it’s really unhealthy (you’ll see how unhealthy when you go through the recipe) and I sometimes have an allergic reaction to shellfish, but it’s so good!

I found the recipe really easy to follow and I would say the most time consuming thing is mincing three heads of garlic. Otherwise, it’s just boiling the shrimp and then putting together the delicious butter concoction. I’ve made cajun shrimp following this recipe three times and it does not disappoint!

Thịt Kho (personal recipe)

Delicious Level ★★★★★
Difficulty Level ★★☆☆☆ (pretty easy)

This is a really common dish in Vietnamese homes. I think it’s pretty uncommon to see at restaurants since most Vietnamese families know how to make it at home, and it’s a really simple dish. The only ingredients are pork belly, sugar, fish sauce, garlic, and cooking oil! If you’re interested in trying to make it yourself, this is the loose instructions I followed:

  • Slice pork belly thinly and then boil until cooked. Drain and dry.
  • In a pan, add oil. When the oil heats up, add garlic and cook until it’s golden brown and fragrant.
  • Then add some sugar and keep stirring so it doesn’t burn.
  • Once the sugar turns yellow, add the pork belly and then add some more sugar and add fish sauce for taste.
  • Add a little bit of water and then cover. Cook for 5-10 minutes until done.
  • At the end, if it’s too sweet, add more fish sauce. If it’s too salty, add more sugar.
  • Garnish with green onion and black pepper.

Mille-Feuille Nabe recipe from Just One Cookbook

Delicious Level ★★★★★
Difficulty Level ★★☆☆☆ (pretty easy)

This was my first time making this recipe! Honestly, mine doesn’t look that great since I cut the cabbage unevenly, but it tasted so good. The recipe was really easy to follow and the result was amazing. The cabbage and pork were tender and the broth was clean and refreshing. It’s recommended to eat this with ponzu sauce and wow, the sauce takes it to another level!

What are some of your favorite recipes that you’re cooking during this time? I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!


  • Lena L
    April 20, 2020 at 1:25 am

    I love that you included beer cans in the photos – I can imagine they were perfect with the dishes! 😀

    I am definitely cooking more than usual but still not as much as other people and I have no plan even trying to make dalgona coffee or banana bread. I still very much rely on Korean meal kits or simple things like Japanese style curry and kimchi fried rice if I make them from scratch. I do want to try making the nabe, though. I love Nappa cabbage!

  • sonia // daring coco
    April 20, 2020 at 3:20 am

    These all look so delicious and I don’t even eat pork or seafood! I’d love to try that Thit Kho. That looks so goood. Could you replace the pork with chicken?


  • Monica Sors
    April 20, 2020 at 4:04 am

    Wow, those shrimps!
    Mónica Sors

  • Shelley
    April 20, 2020 at 6:09 am

    All of these look so delicious! I’d love to try the Cajun shrimps.

    Shelley x

  • Hayley
    April 20, 2020 at 7:20 am

    I’m not someone who tends to go for fish – however, the cajun shrimp looks really good! I really want to get better at cooking and just trying new recipes!

    I hope you are well, i know NYC has been hit hard by the virus.

    Hayley || hayleyxmartin

  • Simone
    April 20, 2020 at 7:21 am

    The food looks very yummy! I’ve got to try your recipe. It’s so hard actually that we’re not allowed to see anybody, I hope that it’s going to be over soon.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  • Bexa
    April 20, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Everything looks really tasty! The Thịt Kho looks so nice, thank you for sharing the recipes and the inspiration. Fab post! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  • Jennifer
    April 20, 2020 at 8:12 am

    All of these look so good!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  • Lovely
    April 20, 2020 at 9:05 am

    All look delicious, my fav has to be the Cajun shrimps!


  • Liz
    April 20, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Cooking is one of the best ways to overcome stress! Lately, I’ve been trying to cook delicious recipes, so thank you for the new ideas! Stay safe 🙂
    Lots of love ♥ January Girl

  • Tay
    April 20, 2020 at 9:57 am

    I cannot wait to try the cajun shrimp! Looks so delicious -Tay

  • Douces effrontées
    April 20, 2020 at 10:11 am

    I love your blog and your articles! I will try the Cajun shrimps I think ahah


  • Anna Jo
    April 20, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Shrimp is my absolute favorite; totally sharing this recipe with my mom :”) I’ve been cooking a lot with her lately, especially on weekends when I have ample time to chop all the vegetables. Thank you for sharing the meals you’ve been preparing, have a great rest of the week!

    Anna Jo |

  • stylefrontier
    April 20, 2020 at 11:24 am

    wow totally love these recipes! will bookmark your page for future reference
    style frontier

  • Laura
    April 20, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Looks so delicious meal! I have been cooking soups lately, specially chicken soup from scratch x


  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    April 20, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    I’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately, too! I have more time and it helps to pass the time. LOL. These recipes sound delicious and those beers look like they’d be good with them.


  • Christine Kong
    April 20, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Yum these look so good! I love anything with shrimp in it. I’ve been making the same dishes in rotation like chicken enchiladas, Korean tofu soup, shabu, etc. Need to add some of these to the mix.


  • Allie Mackin
    April 20, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    OMG this all sounds sooooo good!! I want to try my hand at some new dishes and I want to try baking some bread!

    Allie of

  • Tiziana
    April 20, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Mai oh the food looks so tasty! Hope you will be able to visit your family soon again and that you can enjoy the delicious food with them together afterwards even more 🙂

  • Jeanne
    April 20, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    The Thit Kho looks and sounds similar to a Filipino recipe. Might try your version! Looks good.

  • A Trendy Life
    April 21, 2020 at 4:09 am

    Ummm all sounds fantastic!

  • Grace Louise
    April 21, 2020 at 6:57 am

    Ohhh all of these gorgeous food photos are making me so hungry ah! Gorgeous post Hun 🙂

    Grace ||

  • Subham Rai
    April 21, 2020 at 8:43 am

    They all look so good. Lately, I have been cooking a lot of my mum’s recipes.
    It just reminds me of her as I am so far away, from her and can’t return
    anytime soon.


  • Rowena @ rolala loves
    April 21, 2020 at 9:56 am

    That Mille-Feuille Nabe looks and sounds delicious! I’ve been buying a lot of cabbage because it keeps well so I need to try to make that. I’ve been making Buddha’s Delight alot and even transitioning it into a noodle dish. More than anything we’ve been into Chinese comfort food lately.

  • Jelena Dimic
    April 21, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Never tried any of these recipes but I’ll be noting them down for sure! I love experimenting with new flavors and things I haven’t tried before. 😀

  • Inès
    April 21, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    I relate so much to your post. Food has this ability to make me sentimental, especially when I am feeling homesick. I love to cook for myself when I feel down, calling my mother while doing it and asking her about her secret tricks/ingredients (although I already know them) just for the sake of feeling as if we’re sharing a meal together.

    It looks really good and I would defintely try those once I have access to a grocery stores that sells the required ingredients! Stay safe!

  • Ashley
    April 21, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    I am pinning these recipes immediately! The cajun shrimp looks amazing!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Mica
    April 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Yum, these look so tasty, especially the Thit Kho! I love garlic, so that looks like my kind of dish! 🙂

    Hope that your week is going well 🙂

  • Jill
    April 21, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Omgggg that cajun shrimp sounds delicious! I am definitely going to have to try that recipe out. Now is such a great time to make home cooked meals!


  • Jill
    April 21, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    I’ve been cooking more than ever and that cajun shrimp sounds so good!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Ashley
    April 21, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    The shrimp recipe sounds so good!!

    Make Life Marvelous

  • Sarah
    April 22, 2020 at 6:36 am

    I love the sound of the Thit Kho! Pork belly is one of my favourite things to eat.

    xo Sarah | Oomph London

  • Lackadaisy
    April 22, 2020 at 11:45 am

    All of these just sound so good and are making me hungry!! Unfortunately I’m not much of a cook so I’ll just admire your photos for now 🙂


  • No equipment exercises
    April 22, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    These looks delicious i will defiantly try them

  • Bee
    April 22, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Oh my gosh, this all looks delicious! I might try the Cajun recipe!

    Bee of x

  • Alyssa
    April 22, 2020 at 10:14 pm
  • Katerina
    April 23, 2020 at 7:43 am

    I can totally understand missing homemade food, and it’s amazing that you’re making some of these meals yourself – cooking relaxes me too. All of these sound amazing and I hope you decide to share more. Take care and stay safe!

  • shaira
    April 23, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Ohmy! Everything looks delicious especially the shrimp dish! <3

    Stay safe! 🙂


  • Faye
    April 23, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Omg the shrimp sound amazing! I love anything that uses prawns and that recipe sounds delicious 🙂 x

  • Sugar Lane
    April 23, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Wow, those cajun shrimp sound amazing!
    I invite you to check out my new collection at
    stay safe,

  • SundayDahlias
    April 23, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    I make mille feuille nabe often because my husband loves it! It’s such an easy and quick meal to throw together, but it always looks so pretty and like a lot of effort went in ahah!

  • Mercy
    April 24, 2020 at 3:34 am

    The shrimp and pork look really good. There is a Filipino recipe that’s similar to the pork, I think they taste the same too.

  • Missy May
    April 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Now this is one yummy post!! I can’t remember the last time I ate cabbage. Wow!!

  • Nathalie
    April 24, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Yummm, the cabbage looks so so inviting!
    I adore all lettuce and cabbage cooked, grilled or in soups!
    Think they are so underrated. Thank you for giving it attention 🙂
    I have also been uploading many recipes but most popular is my no yeast 10 min homemade pizza dough. So so easy!


  • Dominika
    April 25, 2020 at 5:01 am

    Oh my goodness, all of these dishes look absolutely delicious! I’ve been doing lots of cooking recently, but I usually play it safe and just use the recipes I already know. I’ve been wanting to experiment and discover some new ones – I’d love to try to make Thịt Kho someday!

  • Nancy
    April 25, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    It is great that you are taking this time to make some dishes to enjoy at home. This is the best time to learn new recipes! Oooh I LOVE cajun boil!! I mean with all of the butter, it is a given that it is going to be unhealthy but at least it is a treat more than anything. YOOO I love it when my mom makes Thit Kho!! I should learn this dish too. The Mille-Feuille Nabe recipe looks pretty cool too. Thanks for sharing some of your recent recipes!

    Nancy ♥

  • Radi
    April 27, 2020 at 4:21 am

    Ohh I love the look of that shrimp dish. I’ve been eating pizza often…shhhh don’t tell anyone. hahaha

  • Geniussr
    April 28, 2020 at 1:11 am

    wow all dishes look delicious especially Cajun shrimps are my favorite… thanks for sharing those recipes… have a lovey week…❤️

  • Atsuna Matsui
    April 29, 2020 at 3:07 am

    Wow this meal looks so delicious!! I will definitely want to try making this during the quarantine.


  • Sam | Violet Hollow
    April 29, 2020 at 6:31 am

    I’ve been cooking a lot more since being at home too! Such great recipes and a good way to feel productive without overdoing it. I have found cooking and baking to really help with my anxiety. Thanks for sharing what you have been making xx

  • Kathryn
    April 30, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Yum these recipes sound so good! I’m a big fan of shrimp, especially, so I’ll have to give the cajun shrimp one a try. During quarantine I’ve definitely found myself enjoying not only the little rituals of cooking (the chopping is sort of calming? LOL) but also the self care in cooking a nice meal for myself. Thanks for sharing these!

    Kathryn •

  • Cae
    May 1, 2020 at 3:39 am

    Bookmarked! For someone who can’t cook to save a life, these are definitely worth trying!

  • Hanna
    May 2, 2020 at 6:31 am

    Thank you for sharing your personal recipe, Mai! Just looking at it made me really miss Vietnam and the food <3 This is definitely something I will share with my husband and try to make together one of these days.

    Cooking has been our way to get our minds out of work temporarily, it’s a great way to give yourself some time to be alone in your thoughts without any interruptions.

    Stay Safe always!

    Hanna / Heydays With Hanna

  • Diana
    May 5, 2020 at 5:06 am
  • Nina
    May 5, 2020 at 10:26 am

    That shrimp dish looks delish!
    xx- Nina

  • Jules
    May 5, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    It looks delicious, thank you so much for the recipe!! 🙂

  • Eena
    May 10, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    These recipes look so delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    cabin twenty-four

  • Kandice
    May 12, 2020 at 5:24 am

    I’m learning to cook. And im getting bored with eating just spaghetti. These look so good! i might as well bookmark this and try to cook them later. Thank you!

  • Amy Aed
    May 17, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    I too have been baking a lot during quarantine! These all look delicious and I would love to give them a try!

  • jade
    May 18, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    oh my this has mademe very hungry! looks so yummy ! thanksfor sharing !


  • Omaye
    May 29, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    It looks so delicious!
    I’m going to try the shrimp!

  • Beka
    May 30, 2020 at 10:16 am

    These recipes look and sound AMAZING ? I’ll admit I haven’t been cooking a lot lately since I’m in lockdown with my parents, but I had made chicken wings a few times using Binging with Babish’s recipe (would recommend if you like wings) and finding some cool sauce recipes online to go along with it. They’ve been SO yummy, and 100 times better than any wings you’d find at restaurants!

    Beka |

  • Claudine
    July 12, 2020 at 6:36 am

    Thank you so much for sharing these recipes! My parents and I were just talking about how much we miss Vietnam and how much we want to eat Vietnamese food,, so I was so pleased to see your Thịt Kho recipe! Maybe we’ll attempt to make this haha! 🙂


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