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Not-perfectly round, yet delicious Shrimp Beignets

 

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Growing up, Saturday nights were often “take out food dinners”. We were regular customers of  a little Vietnamese food shack in the neighborhoods on those nights. The little stand only offered a few choices, one of which was the nems- Vietnamese spring rolls. The other one was shrimp beignets. I have yet to have the exact same type of shrimp beignets somewhere else, therefore I set out to replicate them. After a long search, the only dish that is from Vietnam and consisted of a simple batter with shrimp in the middle… 

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Mangu builds bridges

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When I first heard about mangu, it immediately reminded me of fufu,  foutou, mofongo, kuku, or other similar mashed plantains dishes ubiquitous in West Africa and the Caribbean. The link was obvious to me,… 

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Tomato sauce, or the Ivorian ketchup

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Gourmets or foodies sometimes make fun of the American palate claiming that Americans put ketchup on everything. Well, the ubiquitous tomato sauce could be described similarly when it comes to Ivorian food. Whenever a dish is somewhat dry, that is, is neither a soup or a stew or anything along those lines,… 

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