Beef Egg Foo Young


Egg Patty:

1 lb beef thinly sliced

10 large eggs

1 carrot thinly chopped chopped

1 bundle of green onions chopped

1 yellow onion thinly chopped

1 cup cabbage sliced

2 tablespoons soy sauce

*2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce (this was used to replace oyster sauce)

1 teaspoon of fish sauce

3 cloves garlic chopped

sea salt

black pepper

vegetable oil


2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon beef paste

2 tablespoons flour

sea salt

black pepper

2 cups of water

Here’s the fish sauce I used. It contains no shellfish and is made from anchovies. So it’s clean. lol

This was my first time making this and boy I give a lot of respect to those take restaurants. It’s not as easy as it looks.Β On medium heat, cook the beef in a little vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Once it is cooked through drain and put in a large mixing bowl. Mix all the egg patty ingredients.

Set the stove on a little lower than medium. Use a 1 cup measuring cup to scoop out the mixture. Fry the side until golden brown in vegetable oil. Flip fry the other side and remove from the heat.

In a sauce pan on medium you will make the gravy. Combine all the gravy ingredients and as it is cooking constantly whisk until it thickens up. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over rice with gravy.


Ahi Tuna Rice Bowl part 2



Matchstick carrots


Ahi Tuna steak cut in cubes


Seaweed salad

Sesame seeds as a garnish

Marinade Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic chopped

Sea salt

Black pepper

Ponzu sauce

Soy sauce

Sesame seed oil

Shichimi Togarashi

Sriracha sauce

I really like this meal after a long day of work. It doesn’t take that long to pull off. The only thing that I didn’t have was the seaweed salad. But I was able to pick some up at my neighborhood grocery store because they have a sushi bar section. So I literally walked in the door put the rice on in my rice cooker. Diced the tuna steaks and marinated it in the marinade ingredients for 30 minutes. I tossed tuna in some sesame seeds as a garnish. Then I assembled the ingredients in a bowl… remember rice at the bottom.

Tuna Poke Bowl


2 lbs of frozen Ahi Tuna

1/2 of a shallot chopped

olive oil

1/2 a large red onion chopped

1/2 a bundle of green onions chopped

3 cloves of garlic chopped

*1 serrano pepper finely chopped (optional for more heat)

2 tablespoons sesame seeds


1 tablespoon of Mirin

1 tablespoon of honey

3 tablespoon sesame oil

1/2 cup of soy sauce

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon Sriracha

sea salt


1 thinly sliced cucumber

rice vinegar

1 tablespoon of Mirin


1 mango sliced

matchstick carrots

avocado sliced

*Serve with rice

In olive oil, saute your chopped shallot with a little sea salt and black pepper until browned. Drain and set aside.

After your tuna has thawed out slice into 1 inch or smaller cubes. Place in a large bowl.

Whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, Mirin, honey, a little Sriracha, lemon juice and a little sea salt in a small bowl. Then pour on top of tuna and thoroughly toss. Add scallions, red onions, green onions, serrano peppers, sesame seeds, garlic and toss. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to marinade.

*I did a quick marinade for my cucumbers in a rice vinegar and a tablespoon of Mirin. Place in the refrigerator.

To make my tuna poke bowl, add rice at the bottom of the bowl. Tuna on top and garnish around it with vegetables.

Easy Beef Stir Fry


2 lbs of beef

mixed vegetables (whatever kind you want)

2 tablespoons of butter to saute

*sesame seeds as a garnish


1/2 cup of soy sauce

2 tablespoons of flour for thickening

1/2 cup of water

2 tablespoons of mirin

2 tablespoon of grated ginger

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

4 cloves of finely chopped garlic

salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons of butter

Combine all your sauce ingredients into a sauce pan.

**Sorry but this is my oldie but goodie one. Thus the scratches….

On medium heat stir the mixture and let it cook for 5 minutes. Don’t allow the flour to clump, a whisk might be easier than a spoon. Make sure the butter is mixing well. If you don’t it will make like a ring around the edges. It’s only 5 mins so pay attention to it. Then turn it down to low heat.

Thinly slice your beef and set aside.

In a wok on medium heat with butter, salt, pepper, and a little water start your veggies.

Add the beef and toss, brown it but not all the way cooked through.

Add the sauce and toss so that everything is covered in the sauce. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Let it simmer until meat is cooked through. about 15-20 mins or so. Check on it periodically and toss some more.

Serve with rice and garnish with sesame seeds!



When I first came to Killeen, Texas of all the places in Texas, I was ready to throw myself out of a window or even drink bleach. 😩 This is for many reasons. Back in 2003 or 2004 it developed since the 80s (I give it that) but compared to me leaving the Tidewater area in Virginia it was like a dust bowl. Food-wise it was about as diverse as Burger King and KFC. It had your usual offenders like Red Lobster and Olive Garden but it took years to get to the point where now I don’t have to drive to Austin to get something that’s ethnically diverse and tasty. Back then even the Chinese places was limited and not very good. Yuck!! 🀒

One of my bestfriends who used to stay with me is Cambodian. Mannnnn!!! I was eating all kinds of Asian food and got exposed to so many spices I wasn’t used to working with myself. When I had tried Pho for the first time, I immediately fell in love.

Pho is a very satisfying and simple Vietnamese noodle soup. I go with the beef pho due to my dietary restrictions. All that means is that this is a beef broth base. When making pho, Anise is bundled with other herbs/spices in a spice bag and cooked for hours. Anise is the mystery flavor that immediately sticks out when tasting pho. Various thin, tender cuts of beef are added in along with noodles when served. You’re presented sides and additional herbs to add in based on your liking. Pictured here is thai basil, bean sprouts, cilantro, jalapenos and limes to squeeze in.

Also you’re given sauces like hoisin, soy, and chili paste to add additional flavor or heat. After eating so much fo you do start to get a little bougie in your expectations. But after carely research *cough* eating, I have found the best Pho restaurant in Killeen and that is Pho 9.

Pho 9 is one of the best restaurants in town!!! It’s located in downtown Killeen on Veteran’s Memorial Road/Business 190 close to where it intersects Ft Hood Road. The size of it is more than enough space and seating where you’re don’t feel crowded and you don’t have to wait to be seated. Even though it’s near post, it’s still not crazy busy during lunchtime and food comes out really fast. You can be in and out if you need to. It’s also good to take for low-key dates because your typical bird’s I never see there. #stoolyalert LOL just being honest. And it is pretty quiet. Also someone made an effort in the decor so its ok to look at.

The service aspect is pretty interesting. It’s not that they don’t care. It’s just that once you order your food you’re getting your food and no one’s going to check on you a million times. So if you need something just go up to the front and ask. Don’t wait for a check. Go to the front, pay and be out. Now the benefit of this is that you shouldn’t have to drop a whole bunch on the tip.


Now price point-wise if you don’t watch out you can easily end up spending a lot of money in there. Average prices are going to start at least $8 and up for dang near anything on the menu. So all those yummy looking appetizers can get you messed up quick. Like dang what happened??!! πŸ˜‚

Is it worth it? Yes it is!! If you don’t want Pho there is still a lot to choose from. Even if you bring the most basic tastebuds … (You know the one who really doesn’t dive off the cliff of ethnic eating) they still can find something there. The menu has pages bruh! And pics too!

The only negative thing I would have to say about Pho 9 is that I wouldn’t suggest delivery. I’ve tried their delivery service before a couple of times and it just seems like you get less food with it. I don’t know. πŸ˜–

**Last thing and it doesn’t happen very often but it does happen…

It is a small family-owned business so occasionally the family does go on vacation. The restaurant will be shut down until they come back. No big deal so don’t get out of pocket because you just happened to come at the wrong time. Other than that, I highly suggest checking it out. It is a very good place to eat and I will definitely be going back again and again. πŸ˜‹

***Pho 9*** πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

921 W. Veterans Memorial Blvd #101, Killeen, TX


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