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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sửa Soạn Cơm Tối Trong 30 Phút (30 Minutes Meal)

Great news! The Saucey Sauce Co contacted me to test out their products and I said yes!  It took me a couple weeks staring at these sauce bottles and conjuring up recipes for them.

One morning the idea came to me as my kids and I were harvesting eggplants in our vegetable garden.  After tasting all four bottle of sauces, I knew what I would create for dinner. Within 30 minutes, I was able to prepare 4 dishes using the 4 types of sauce they had sent me.

Having the pre-made sauces on-hand made cooking easier and quicker. For those who don't have much time to create your own sauces, I would invite you to look into The Saucey Sauce company as I think it's a great resource for your cooking and dinning needs.

So, if you want to purchase any product from Saucey Sauce after reading the post, click here and  use the discount code VIETSPICES for 25% off and VIETSPICES2 to get free shipping for any orders over $35.

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Spicy Garlic Sauce
Brown Sugar Ginger Glaze Sauce
Fresh Lemon Sauce
Sweet Ginger Sauce
Pork Chops
Romaine Lettuce
Tangerine Canned
Sesame Oil
Pan-Fried Spicy Garlic Pork Chops

I marinated the pork chops in two of the sauces: spice garlic and brown sugar ginger glaze.  The Spicy garlic pork chop is my husband's favorite. He loves the spicy, sweet, salty, and deep garlicky flavors that has penetrated the meat. The chops were really tender.


Marinate pork chops with a good amount of spicy garlic sauce.  It would be better if you can marinate it for at least an hour or better yet overnight, but in case you don't have enough time, 10 minutes of marinating is reasonable for a quick meal.

If frying, drizzle some oil in a frying pan and heat it up to medium heat. When oil is hot, add pork.

Cover the pan while frying except when it's time to flip. Remove the lid toward the end to clear the steam. Fry for another minute before removing the meat.

Pan-Fried Brown Sugar Ginger Glaze Pork Chops

Brown sugar ginger glaze sauce was used in the second dish of pork chops.  The pork chops turned out tasty as well.  My kids enjoyed it more than the spicy garlic flavor as it's not as spicy for them.


Marinate pork chops with a generous amount of brown sugar ginger glaze sauce.  Sprinkle a dash of ground pepper if preferred. Marinate as directed previously and proceed as instructed in the above recipe.  

If frying, drizzle some oil in a frying pan and heat it up at medium heat. When oil is hot, add pork.

Cover the pan while frying except when it's time to flip. Remove the lid toward the end to clear the steam. Fry for another minute before removing the meat.

Fruity Salad with Fresh Lemon Sauce

I didn't have time to go grocery shopping, so I used everything that I can find in my vegetable garden, pantry, and fridge to prepare for  this dinner. Fruity salad was made with canned tangerine, fresh strawberries, lettuce, sesame oil, and fresh lemon sauce. It was a wonderful delight. We enjoyed it so much that we had it again the next day.  

In a large bowl,  add chopped romaine lettuce, a can of tangerine (discard the syrup), chopped strawberries, half a tablespoon of sesame oil, and fresh lemon sauce. The sweet ginger sauce also makes a great salad dressing if so desired.   Toss and serve immediately.

sweet ginger sauce also makes great salad dressing
Baked Eggplants with Sweet Ginger Sauce

Eggplant is one of those vegetables in which being slightly under-cooked will not taste good. It has to be completely cooked until it's soft, smooth, and creamy.   My first attempt was to bake the eggplants in whole then peeled off the skin.  Drizzled the sweet ginger over the flesh of the eggpants.  This sweet ginger sauce goes really well with baked eggplants.  

My second attempt was cutting the eggplants into a half inch round pieces with skin on, then baked them. Although baking or grilling eggplants with skin-on will keep them intact, I didn't like the skin-on that much as it's kinda tough to chew. It took away the soft, smooth and creamy of the eggplants. So if you want the best texture of eggplant, peel it. You can also partially peeled them as well for a combo texture result.


Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

Slice eggplants into half inch slices. Place the cut eggplants on a baking sheet lined with paper towels.  Sprinkle a good amount of kosher salt on top of the eggplants. Salting helps draw out the extra water so the baked eggplants will turn out less watery and mushy. It also prevents the eggplants from soaking up too much oil. 

After 10 minutes. you will see beads of water forming. 

Discard the excess water then pat the eggplant slices with paper towels to dry. Be careful not to squeeze too hard and crush the eggplant.
You can skip this salting of the eggplants step if you're in a hurry. 

Place eggplant slices in a single layer on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Brush each slice with the olive oil.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until soft and golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool. When cool, drizzle with sweet ginger sauce.


It's time to bring out the food and enjoy an outdoor dinner before the Autumn arrives. Enjoy these dishes with the sauces on the side as dipping sauce.


  1. I wanted to order the Spicy Garlic and Brown Sugar Ginger Glaze sauces. But shipping came out to $22! Too bad, because those sauces looked yummy.

    1. I didn't know the shipping fee is that much. Let me email the owner to see if he can do anything about it.

    2. Good news! Please enter VIETSPICES2 to get free shipping for any orders over $35

    3. The code doesn't work. Can you ask the owner for the free shipping code and 25% off again please? I really want to try those sauces.

    4. free shipping for orders over $30 until the end of February for Vietspices readers. Use this code: VIETSPICES2