Happy New Year 2019 – Year of the Boar

Bun thit nuong

Welcome to the New Year 2019! I am finally advertising my sauce at the Farmer’s Market. October 2018 was my first month being at the Farmer’s Market, ever! It only took me at least 8 years or more to build courage. Yahoo!!!

What has stopping me all these years? Fear of the unknown is a big factor. However, I cannot give it all the credit. I think another part is the fear of being judged. My pride or ego is too big for its own good. I do not want to look bad or being judged critically. It seems pretty silly. The fact is I am being judged all the time whether I like it or not.

Why am I sharing this? My new goal this year is to be honest with myself. I am sharing myself to break free of my comfort zone. It is a pretty big “aha” for me.

“I am my own worst enemy” is an interesting cliché. Yet so true. I stop myself from growth with all the fear. I am constantly learning more about myself. I am continuously learning to love the good and the bad that comes along with the process.

The Lunar New Year is also around the corner.Pig Year

‘Tis the year of the pig. “According to the Chinese astrology, 2019 is a great year to make money and a good year to invest! 2019 is going to be full of joy, a year of friendship and love for all the zodiac signs; an auspicious year because the Pig attracts success in all the spheres of life” — https://www.thechinesezodiac.org/astrology/chinese-horoscope-2019-year-of-the-earth-pig/

What are your goals for the year 2019?

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for products, services, demos, and blogs. Bun thit nuong

Are you ready to learn more? Join us for a fun-filled and hands-on demonstration of Vietnamese cooking this coming Sunday, February 3, 2019, from 3p to 4p at the Maitland Public Library. We will be making and tasting Grilled Pork Noodle or also known as “Bún Thịt Nướng” It is a free event for library patrons. Please RSVP to 407-647-7700 to reserve your seat. Seats are limited.

Here is my Facebook invitation:


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Looking forward to seeing you soon! Happy Eating Healthy!

Phở Queen


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Welcome Back to School – Learn to Make Green Papaya Salad

back to school board

The summer of 2018 is quickly passing through already. Today is an exciting day for my kids. It’s their first day back to school. However, they are now teenagers, senior and sophomore in high school, and no longer toddlers learning how to read ABC or counting 1, 2, 3. How time flies so quickly. It is nice to look back and smile but now I am enjoying the present and moving forward.back to school board

Did you know that fat is an important nutrient that is necessary for your health? I am talking about good fat such as fat in fish, nuts, avocado, and many other nutritious foods. Some contain omega-3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fatty acid, that may help lower cholesterol levels and support heart health.

One thing I notice about my Vietnamese diet is that I do not have enough fat in my food. There is definitely more carbohydrates with a low amount of fat. A low-fat diet has an impact on my skin. It is constantly dry. Drinking water and adding lotion help but only so much.


I decided to give avocado an experiment and add more fat to my diet. I was never a fan of avocado until recently. I have been introducing my body to an avocado smoothie once a day for the past eight months. I do notice a subtle difference over time. I do not have to apply as much lotion to my skin as I used to. My face is definitely less dry. Hopefully, it will reduce the number of wrinkles on my face and I will look much younger… Heeee Heee Heeee. I will look forward to that impact. I wonder if it would replenish more new black hair instead of grey.

I love to hear your thoughts about good fat and if you notice any good benefits to your body and overall health. Please leave your thoughts below.

Many new and exciting opportunities from the beginning of 2018. I am constantly looking for new ideas and new ways to prepare chicken. I found a nice chicken recipe that included avocado and I gave it a try. Here is my version.Cilantro-lime chicken with avocado salsa

The original recipe has the chicken grilled and served as one large piece. I cut mine up into bite-size chicken strips. Click here for the recipe –> Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa.

Are you ready to learn more? Join us for a fun-filled and hands-on demonstration of Vietnamese cooking this coming Sunday, August 19, 2018, from 3p to 4p at the Maitland Public Library. We will make another Vietnamese appetizer called Vietnamese Green Papaya Salad. It is a free event for library patrons. Please RSVP to 407-647-7700 to reserve your seat. Seats are limited.


papaya salad with shrimp

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Happy Eating Healthy!

Ph Queen

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Happy Holidays 2017 – Vietnamese Appetizers


Like any food in many cultures, Vietnamese food can be fattening and decadent especially desserts. Even if the food is gluten-free or msg free, it can still be fattening.

The bottom line is that we can get fat when we eat too much of anything with no exercise in our everyday habits. The key to maintaining a healthy life is to eat fresh food and have them in moderate proportion with exercise or stay active in your daily routines.

With that being said, I would like to introduce one of my favorite Vietnamese appetizers, Bánh Mì, or also known as Vietnamese subway sandwiches. You can have it at any time. It can be a light snack or a meal. The three main differences between the regular subway sandwiches and Bánh Mì are the bread, the meat, and vegetables. That’s practically everything. Heeee heee heee…

The bread for Bánh Mì is the French banh-mi Vietnambaguette. I love the baguette because it is not thick with dough. The shell is usually crunchy and light while the inside is semi-hollow with softness. The meat is usually prepared as marinated grilled pork, chicken, fish, or a combo of all the meat combined. The vegetables are simple sour vegetables of daikon and carrots, cilantro, sliced cucumber, and optional jalapeno peppers. Yummy. Just thinking of it my mouth salivate with anticipation.

Curious to know more about Bánh Mì and would like to taste it before you try to make it? There will be a free demonstration on how to make Bánh Mì. Come and join Pho Queen this coming Thursday at 6:30 pm, December 21, at the Orange County Public Library downtown to learn how to make a Vietnamese appetizer called Bánh Mì or Vietnamese subway sandwiches. Seats are limited. Call to reserve your seat today – 407-835-7323.

I finally submitted two chapters of “My Journey to America” so far. It took me quite a while to summon the courage to finally share with everyone my story. I am have been hesitating for years. I was afraid my story is not good enough, my grammar is horrible, etc… Well, here they are an introduction to my journey to America and the Vietnam War. I love to hear your thoughts on what I have so far. Thank you!!!



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Looking forward to seeing you soon! Happy Eating Healthy!

Pho Queen


Orlando – Central Florida Asian Grocery Stores

inside of an Asian store

Here is a list of different Asian Grocery stores in Central Florida. I have visited only a handful. The one I visited has my comments in pink. I do not have a store that I can say is my total favorite but if I have to pick I would pick the one with the Vietnamese pastries. I hop around from store to store depending on what I need and where I am at that time.

Seminole County:

Thai Market 

Small but quaint — I haven’t visited recently. It was reported as closed on Yelp.com. =(
731 N. Orlando Ave
Longwood, FL 32750


Spiceland Asian Grocery 

870 S. Sun Dr.
Lake Mary, FL 32746


Deguzman Oriental Food Mart

3838 S. Orlando Dr.
Sanford, FL 32773

Orange County:

1st Oriental Supermarket

The largest Asian store I came across. Located near Orlando fairground.
Has fresh Chinese bakery, a large selection of meat, seafood, and produce.
5132 W. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32808
8:30 am – 9 pm


Tien Hung Market

Near the corner of Mills and 50. Next to Saigon Restaurant.
Has a fresh Vietnamese bakery and
a small selection of meat & seafood.
I often come here for the Vietnamese bakery and boba smoothies.

1112 E Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32803


Phuoc Loc Tho

Orlando downtown supermarket with a nice selection of produce and a small selection
of seafood and meat.

Super Oriental Market, Inc.
2100 E. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32803
9 am – 8 pm


Mia Supermarket

This is the newest Asian market in Orlando.
They are located down the street from Phuoc Loc Tho and have a large selection of seafood and meat. I have not been back as often
because I did not find what I needed the first time I was there.

2415 E Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32803


Dong-A Market

I visited several times a few years ago. They have a small selection of
fresh produce. I found a lot more dry Asian ingredients here.
816 N. Mills Ave
Orlando, FL 32803
9 am – 8 pm


Wu Sung Oriental Food Mart

This is a nice size Korean market closest to me. I hop in here occasionally
when I need certain Asian ingredients that are not available in the American
grocery stores. However, they do not have all the ingredients I need all the time.

5079 Edgewater Dr
Orlando, FL 32810


Saigon Market

1232 E. Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32803


Asian Market

1021 E. Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32803


Chinese Grocery

12066 Collegiate Way
Orlando, FL 32817


JM Oriental Market

9421 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32837



Kim Lai Shing Market

2250 Principal Row
Orlando, FL 32837


La & Tran Inc DBA Tan Cha

4543 S. Orange Blossom Trl
Orlando, FL 32839


Lans Market

6001 S. Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32809


M&M Phillipine Mart

7339 E Colonial Dr
Orlando, Fl 32807


Oriental Market

857 Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32809


Tan Chau Market

4543 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32839


Tan Tien Oriental Market

5266 W Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32808


Trung My

720 N. Mills Ave
Orlando, FL 32803


Trung my

2404 Coolidge Ave
Orlando, FL 32804


Asian Food Market

5205 Edgewater Dr.
Orlando, FL 32810


Duguzman Oriental Food Mart

8433 E Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32817


Deguzman Oriental Food Mart 3

2154 Central Florida Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32837


Evcon Filipino Oriental Store

9251 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32837

Immigration of flavor

Facebook shared a memory published two years ago. How time flew by so quickly… I am very thankful for the opportunity.

It is a great reminder to treasure my history, embrace the present, and look forward to a bright future.

I was so excited to participate as one of Lake Mary Healthy Living Magazine’s interviewed chefs and share my cultural cooking and life adventures. This article was published June 2014. Thank you!!!

Below is the link to the article published in pdf:


“Have fun eating Healthy!!!”

Pho Queen Cooking

Happy Month of May!

Happy Month of May! Happy Mother’s Day! Happy Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month! In honor of celebrating APA Heritage month, I have a handful of demonstrations scheduled for the month of May. Please check https://phoqueencooking.com/demo/ for the latest scheduled demonstrations.

I am proud to be a Vietnamese American. As a child growing up in a foreign culture and land, there were mental obstacles and hurdles. Being different can be a curse or a blessing. It was what I made of it. I chose the blessing part. As I am growing older, I continue to learn more and more about myself and how I perceived life. I learn that being different is not so bad. We are very much alike yet we are different. We are alike is that we have emotions, we want to belong, we want to be loved, etc. Our difference is our perception and how we perceive life. That is what make each of us so special in our very own way. I am proud to be different.

A great example of different yet the same is the appetizer “Gỏi Cuốn”. It is also known as Spring rolls to some and as summer rolls to others. The end result is the same. Ultimately it is digested inside your tummy. You can roll it with pork and shrimp or you can have tofu or chicken. You can make your own of how you like it. Visit Pho Queen on our next spring roll / summer roll demonstration at the OCLS Washington Park Branch in Orlando – https://phoqueencooking.com/demo/. I shall provide the basic ingredients of the spring rolls / summer rolls, you can provide your perception, and make your very own.  The demo is free to library patrons so invite your mom, your family, and friends. My cookbooks will be available for sale at half price for this special month of May. My special Magic Dragon and Monkey will also be available for sale as well.

Have fun eating Healthy!

Phở Queen

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Happy New Year 2017, the year of the Fire Rooster.

Happy New Year 2017!

Did you celebrate the New Year or (like me) fell asleep through the New Year count down? Asian Lunar New Year is coming around the corner. We can celebrate the New Year all over again since I kinda missed the first one. The first of the Lunar New Year is on January 28, 2017 (Saturday). It is the year of the Fire Rooster.

According to the astrology I found on the internet, https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/rooster.htm, the year of the rooster will be a powerful one. You want to look your best and be clear on your intentions concerning love, money, and business. I think that is great advice for every year. The rooster trait is loyalty, commitment, hard work, family values, and top-notch appearance. All the Chinese Zodiac animals can reap great rewards by tapping into the Rooster traits this year. What Zodiac animal are you?

We are starting the New Year demo with a big hurrah this year. Phở Queen will be demonstrating how to make “Phở”.  Phở is becoming a hot dish (literally) in the American culture. Please RSVP because seats are limited. Check for more details at https://phoqueencooking.com/demo/.

For those who missed my springroll / summer roll demo, we are having one on January 26, 2107 at the Winter Park Library. Check for more details at https://phoqueencooking.com/demo/.

Would you like to celebrate Asian Lunar New Year? I will be posting the dragon parade and different New Year events on Pho Queen Cooking facebook. So stay tune to https://www.facebook.com/phoQueenCooking/ for New Year posting…



UPCOMING EVENTS: https://phoqueencooking.com/demo/

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”  – Julia Child

Have fun eating healthy!

Rice Noodles, rice cakes, rice galore!!

As you know Vietnamese are obsessed with rice. We have rice noodles, rice cakes, rice pudding, rice entrée, rice appetizers and rice desserts. Because of the weather and the terrain in Vietnam, rice is very easily grown. That is also another reason why Vietnam does not have a lot of beef or dairy such as milk and cheese. The lack of grassland yields to minimal cows and more pigs and chickens.

There are many yummy cuisines derived from rice. At our next demonstration on November 20, 2016 at the Maitland Library, we will learn how to make the fundamental rice paper or rice cakes. It is a laborious task. I think it is much easier to drive to an Asian market and buy a package of rice paper or a bag of noodles. However, it is a fun experience that I think everyone can appreciate. I am hoping to time the demo just right so that everyone will have an opportunity to create their own rice paper with Pho Queen. Please RSVP because seats are limited. Check for more details at https://phoqueencooking.com/demo/.

Also, Thanksgiving is around the corner and I would like to give thanks to the wonderful and beautifuclipart-for-thanksgiving-2016l earth that we live in. Mother earth provides us with bountiful and variation of food. A participant from our past demonstrations asked if they can share their native food. Yes, of course. America is a melting pot of multiple cultures. Food is the glue that brings us all together. Pho Queen welcome all. If you would like to bring something to share, please let me know and we shall make time toward the end of the demo to share.


New demos and events are coming soon. Check for more details at https://phoqueencooking.com/demo/.

Asian Mushrooms

It was an amazing summer of 2016 for me and my children. We spent two incredible weeks in Vietnam and also squeezed in five additional fun-filled days in Thailand. It had been 13 years since I’ve been back to Vietnam. Everything changed and advanced so much. I appreciated and treasured every moment with my family as often as I could. As I grow older and hopefully wiser, I appreciate the Vietnamese culture so much more. I embrace the uniqueness in me as I hope to inspire my children to embrace the uniqueness in themselves.

Everyone is the same and yet we are different and unique in many subtle ways. We each see the world in our own special way. As a common example, one can see a glass half empty while another see the glass half full and yet others see something else in between. The biggest lesson that reminds me throughout my Vietnam journey is to accept and love myself as who I was, who I am today, and who I will be tomorrow. From that I find peace within myself. That is deep.

Besides my own contemplation of life while traveling in Vietnam, we ate and ate and ate. We were very well fed by our families. My children were introduced to escargot. I enjoyed watching their expression while they were gnawing on the snails. It put a smile on my face every time I think about it. Yes, there were dog and cat cuisines. However, we were not brave enough to detour to those specialized restaurants.

I have so much to share about my traveling experience that it can’t be done in one e-newsletter. Join Pho Queen for tea and a demonstration of how to make Vietnamese mushroom Omelet, “Chả Trứng” and share your traveling experiences / stories with Pho Queen. Our topic is going to be on Asian mushrooms and no, Pho Queen didn’t consume any strange mushrooms during the Vietnam trip. 😉

Savior the moment with her in tasting the delicious Vietnamese Omelet on August 21, 2016 at the Maitland Library at 3pm. Please RSVP to 407-647-7700. There are multiple springroll demonstrations in the month of August (8/4, 8/17, & 8/31). Check for more details at https://phoqueencooking.com/demo/.

Tea Time

Summer 2016 is upon us already. Have you taken some quality time for   yourself or with your love ones lately? “Life is short.” That is such a cliché but yet it is so true. Everything can change from one moment to the next while you are immersed in your own reality. Enjoy the moment as much as you can where ever you are.Fun_Facts_Main_Frog

Do you notice the slight breeze brushing against your face while you open the car door to walk toward the front door of your house? Do you hear the crickets chirping or the frogs croaking in the bushes nearby? Do you smell the fragrant from the flowers in your front yard or your neighbor’s yard? What does the grass feels like against your bare feet? Those are some simple experiences in life that reminds us of our amazing senses. Enjoy the moment by activating your senses.

We often are so busy rushing to one place to another that we forget to allow ourselves to feel and experience the environment around us. I am as guilty as the next person. Join Pho Queen for tea and a banh-bao-trongdemonstration of how to make Vietnamese Steamed Buns or “Bánh Bao”. Savior the moment with her in tasting the delicious Vietnamese pastry on May 8, 2016 at the Maitland Library at 3pm.
Please RSVP to 407-647-7700. There are multiple demonstrations in the month of May. Check for more demos at https://phoqueencooking.com/demo/.

Do you enjoy drinking tea? How about an herbal tea called “Turmeric Tea” that is chuck full of health benefits? Have you heard of turmeric? Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant. It has been used as anti-inflammatory in botumericth Chinese and Indian medicines. Turmeric has a peppery, warm, and bitter flavor. It is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry.

Here’s are a few articles that share different benefits from turmeric and a recipe on how to make “Turmeric Tea”:
• http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78
• http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-662-turmeric.aspx?activeingredientid=662
• http://www.meghantelpner.com/blog/tea-time-with-turmeric/