NomNomCat’s Top 13 of 2013

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Here at Nom Nom Cat, we certainly don’t have triskaidekaphobia because ’13 was a great year for us! We had plenty of nom adventures — in our shiny new kitchen, out and about in our beloved City of Angels, and during our trips to New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and California’s Central Coast. Now in our third year (we turned 2 this June), we have reached a larger audience than ever before and dedicated ourselves to bringing quality recipes and restaurant recaps to you, our dear readers.

Here is a round-up of the highlights – the top 13 posts of 2013:

13. Sticky USA – Hollywood, CA: A unique opportunity arrived in my inbox this May — an invitation for us to visit the new storefront for Aussie-based Sticky for a candy-making lesson with its friendly founder David King.

13 Sticky USA Kiwi Candy

12. Vietnamese-Style Stuffed Tomatoes (Ca Chua Nhoi Thit): One of many comfort dishes that we wrote about this year, stuffed tomatoes is one of Martin’s personal favorites. This post is our rendition which combines his mom’s recipe, my mom’s recipe, and years of experience eating.

12 Viet Stuffed Tomatoes

11. Friday Fun: Vodka Gummy Bears: We tried a new (sporadic) series this year called “Friday Fun” to showcase cocktail recipes and other party favorites. One big hit this year was our vodka gummy bears – they taste as fun as they look.

11 Vodka Gummy Bears

10. Mommie’s Blueberry Muffins with Streusel: In case you couldn’t tell from the title, this is my mom’s recipe. It is also an excellent version of Starbucks’ Bountiful Blueberry muffin, close enough to satisfy Gold Card carriers.

10 Blueberry Muffins

9. Copycat Recipe: The Office Burger: We love Father’s Office. While we’re no Sang Yoon, we did put a lot of love into that caramelized onion jam and Worcestershire-seasoned burger patty to replicate a delicious FO-inspired burger at home.

09 Copycat Office Burger

8. Kanom Jeen Nam Ya (Thai Fish Curry Soup): Just one of the many wonderful soups in my dad’s repertoire, namya is one of my personal favorites. With the help of Costco’s frozen catfish fillets, this recipe just can’t get any easier!

08 Namya

7. Limoncello & Semolina Cookies: A bright ray of sunshine, these cookies incorporate my favorite Italian liqueur to yield a crunchy-but-soft sweet treat worthy of mailing off in a care package.

07 Limoncello Cookies

6. Friday Fun: Soju Watermelon: What started as a curiosity after seeing a friend’s photo on Facebook turned into the perfect summer party cocktail. We like to keep some extra Chamisul on hand so guests can boost the booze level to their liking.

06 Soju Watermelon

5. Battle of the Cannoli: Mike’s vs. Maria’s – Boston, MA: When we visited Boston, we spent the majority of our time in the North End enjoying awesome Italian food, and the most important meal of the day, dessert, was not to be missed!

05 Mikes Pastry Cannoli

4. Meatless Monday: Remy’s Ratatouille (Version I): My first attempt of Thomas Keller’s confit byaldi definitely surprised me with how much it resembled the ratatouille from the movie Ratatouille and perhaps most importantly, how delicious it tasted. Bonus — it’s not only vegetarian, it’s vegan!

04 Ratatouille

3. 626 Night Market – July 2013: One of our favorite summer nights (well, afternoon) was the 626 Night Market at the Santa Anita Racetrack. We sampled many of the food offerings and couldn’t wait to share our experience.

03 626 Night Market

2. Vietnamese Stir-Fried Rice Noodles (Banh Lot Xao): Though the rice pin noodles are difficult to find here on the Westside, I love to pick up some fresh banh lot so I can make this at home. With the flavors of egg, “brown” sauce, and rice noodle, this dish is similar in taste and texture to pad see ew.

02 Banh Lot Xao

1. Vietnamese Caramelized Braised Pork (Thit Kho / Suon Kho): *fanfare* I was surprised to see that this was the most viewed post of the year! It seems that English language recipes of Vietnamese dishes are in high demand, and we are happy to deliver, so long as our parents continue to share the family secrets.

01 Thit Kho

From the bottom of our hearts, we’d like to thank you all for your support, and we wish you all a very happy holiday season. Here’s to a fabulous 2014!

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