I love my husband, but, yes, it really took me 23 years of marriage to make my husband’s favorite childhood dish, Thịt Kho (Vietnamese Braised Pork with Eggs).
Poor man! In my defense, it is a bit intimidating to make someone’s favorite dish, particularly when it is not the cuisine you grew up eating, and you have to match your husband’s mother’s recipe. So waiting 23 years was to my advantage. It had been so long since he’d had it, he couldn’t truly remember what his mother’s recipe tasted like! I made it for the first time about a month ago, and it was a hit.
Seriously, this is an issue I struggle with a bit. I can follow a recipe just fine, but I cannot taste Vietnamese cuisine and know what it’s missing like I can with the foods I ate growing up. I’m learning, but I do much better when I have my husband home to do the final tasting and seasoning adjustments.
So, what does this have to do with food storage? Well, it’s important not only to store food you’ll eat, it’s also important to know how to cook food you’ll eat. Also, it is a much better value to make this at home than it is to eat this dish at a restaurant. I might spend the same amount overall, but we get a lot more food if we cook this at home. That saves me money and allows me to use the money I saved on extra food for my pantry!
LEARNING TO COOK is a very important food storage skill. And you get to learn to make this dish right along with me. Come on!
First, here’s a link to the recipe. Keep in mind, this is not a low-fat recipe. In fact, my husband requested that I use a fattier cut of pork this time. I’d used a relatively lean pork chop the first time, but he wanted a little more fat in the dish this time around.
It turned out so well that my boys (who often turn their noses up at new dishes) wanted to try it. So I saved money, my hubby and kids were happy, and I learned to make something new. Win, Win, WIN!
Now it’s your turn.
Do you recreate restaurant recipes, so you can enjoy your favorites at home and save money? If so, what’s your favorite?
If you have not yet taken the plunge into the restaurant knock-off recipe world, what do you love to eat out that you would like to make at home?