After reading half a dozen frugal-themed cookbooks for the blog, I’ve noticed that most focus on Western traditions: Urban Pantry turns stale bread into breadcrumbs, crostini and easy bread pudding, Smart Food has a whole section dedicated to pasta, and every book I’ve picked up has a variation of roast chicken with forty cloves of garlic. There’s the token oriental recipe thrown in, such as Vietnamese chicken meatballs (The $120 Food Challenge) or Sichuan-style eggplant (The Thrifty Kitchen), but I believe Asian cuisine has so much more to offer. Hence I’ve started ‘Thrifty Asian’, a new category on thrifty culinary practices from the region.
The first recipe that I would like to share with you is courtesy of Trang from Hai Phong, Vietnam. She’s been trying to replicate her mother’s giò tai heo (pork-ear terrine) and was kind enough to share her version of the dish with me. Continue reading