Cubanos

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Koen’s Cubano Sandwich

Koen and I love watching movies about food, so it’s no surprise we like the movie Chef. It’s by no means a perfect film, but it will certainly make you crave a Cubano Sandwich. When we decided to rewatch it this weekend, of course we needed the correct food pairing. We love any excuse to eat a Cubano!

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Bánh Mì with Lemongrass Pork

Bánh Mì with Lemongrass Pork

Bánh Mì with Lemongrass Pork

 

Bánh Mì is Vietnamese for baguette. Almost all Vietnamese sandwiches are served on bánh mì with mayonnaise and other toppings, thanks to the French influence during the Indochine period. This was my first attempt at making a Vietnamese sandwich. I marinated the pork overnight with lemongrass, shallots, garlic, and many other spices and served it with pickled carrots and daikon (radish), cucumber, cilantro, chili peppers, and mayonnaise. Yum! I found this recipe on Rasa Malaysia, where I find most of my Asian recipes.

 

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Dutch-style Post-Colonial Dinners

A couple ago of months ago an Albert Heijn opened in Antwerp!  This may not mean much to some of you, but being married to a Dutch man, a Nederlander, this is a big deal!  The Albert Heijn is a Dutch supermarket with Dutch products, meaning a large selection of world cuisine such as Indonesian, South African, and Surinamese (all former Dutch colonies).  This weekend I did groceries at the AH and bought the ingredients to make 2 different dishes – Babi Pangang (Indonesian) and Bobotie (South African). Lekker!

Babi Pangang (left) and Bobotie (right)

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