The Seasoned Traveler

Recipes and remedies using herbs, spices, and other natural ingredients from the world's pantry


Food Fusion: Pork Banh Mi Tacos

IMG_6335What do Vietnamese and Mexican cuisines have in common? Cilantro, which happens to be one of my favorite herbs. That’s the key ingredient here in a Vietnamese-inspired bánh mì pork rolled into a delectable taco, Mexican style. This brilliant fusion idea comes from the Lemongrass Truck, a D.C.-area food truck that serves up delicious Vietnamese fare in a different neighborhood each weekday. I’ve been dreaming of and pining for these little pockets of zingy flavors with a spicy mayo sauce and pickled carrots since we left the U.S. a long, long time ago. So here I’ve tried to create my own version. It’s not quite the same without homemade tortillas and bubble tea, but it’ll do until I’m back in the Lemongrass Truck’s radius. Continue reading



Slow-Roasted Ribs in Five Spice Rub and Mango Barbecue Sauce

IMG_5729I’m not a big fan of watching sports on television, but I do like cooking up a spread of food for a festive game day. I’ve experimented with different barbecue sauces for ribs and think this one scores big on flavor. Slow-roasted with a Chinese five-spice rub, these ribs are then slathered in a gingery mango sauce. Continue reading