Friday, April 23, 2010

Pineapple Fried Rice by Tran Can Cook

Its safe to say that for a very, very long time, kitchen duties and cooking have been stereotyped as a job that belonged to women. Men were to break their back from 9-5, women were to be home makers, take care of the kids and have a nice cooked meal for their hubby's upon his arrival home from work. Well like it or not, times are changing and that mentality is a far cry from the society we live in today,...well in America at least. Women are C.E.O's and holding public offices, women are doing the great things that people like my grandmother could have only imagined doing when she was growing. With that being said, it leaves a void in an everyday aspect of life, for those of us who don't have a maid, or blessed to have Grandma or retired mother cook us a meal, it's a predicament that calls for a potential disaster! Help Houston we have problem, could you imagine having to live life eating fast food or microwavable dinners everyday???(SMH)

Of course not, here to bridge the gap, and to show the face to an ever changing cultural food revolution are Kevin and Viet Tran of Tran Can Cook. 6 videos in, a 2nd placing on a popular food network, and a glossary of Vietnamese influenced recipes, Kevin and Viet are here to bring sexy back to cooking. I am honored to be able to host a recipe courtesy of Kevin and Viet not to mention the interview transcript posted below, without further due, allow me to introduce you guys to TRAN CAN COOK

Tran Can Cook:Houston's up and coming Food Network Stars
Whats in a name? 
Well how about Tran can Cook. Native Houstonians, Viet and Kevin Tran are two Vietnamese foodies that want to pass down their family recipes, but pass it down in a fun, easy, and entertaining way.

Kevin and Viet had humble beginnings with just starting a cooking show on YouTube to represent home style Vietnamese cuisine May 9th 2009. They both work full time jobs, but have always aspired to release their entrepreneurial spirit and believed that "Tran can Cook" is the key to brewing success. They have won second place out of thousands of applicants across the U.S. in Food Network's sister website (Food2) summer challenge. Although they missed the opportunity to meet the Food Network stars in NYC for the Food and Wine Festival, Food2 continued to reach out to TCC which resulted in a deal to post their web series on their website.

With the third largest Vietnamese population in the nation, Houston has a plethora  of Vietnamese restaurants to express your inner kinky with food porn. From pan-Asian to Mo Mong, or hole in the wall restaurants like Que Huong, which are a few of TCC favorites, they have become devout connoisseurs of  Vietnamese cuisines in Houston. The goal of their show is to bring great Vietnamese cuisine  to your kitchen in an entertaining way like only Tran can Cook can....

What inspired you to do such a cooking show?
Kevin: Well when Viet told me about this idea of a cooking show, I immediately knew just the name for it. I remember watching Martin Yan's Can Cook in the early 90's and always admired his show. It just made sense to pay homage to my idol and use our same last names, follow his fun and educational cooking show

What can we look forward to from you guys in 2010?
After our success with the first contest we entered, we hope to get placed in our newest contest from NBC called "America's Next Great Restaurant where the grand prize is to have a restaurant chain in three different cities in which Bobby Flay will be the investor, judge, and mentor. We also plan to dish out 10 more episodes and finalize our website with a must have products such as TShirts,Aprons,and other unique TCC products.

Favorite cuisine and favorite dish?
Vietnamese cuisine of course! Not to be biased, but we believe it is a very unique cuisine that offers fresh and light ingredients that boasts a wide variety of flavors.
Kevin: My favorite dish is Mi Kho Xa Xiu(Dried noodle w/a side of chinese bbq pork)
Viet: My favorite dish is Mi Quang (Imperial Noodles)

Lucky ladies in any of your lives?
Viet answers for Kevin: All of his fans who are under 21 haha j/k eligible bachelor
Kevin answers for Viet: His fiance 

If you could be a superhero, which superhero would best define the both of you?
Kevin: Colossus cause I'm a metal tool
Viet: Ironman-Living the capitalist lifestyle of Tony Starks and builds his own stuff.

Final Thought:   
For the die hard foodies, we wouldn't mind making a career out of what we do, because we love what we do right? Eat, cook , show off and brag about how good it was. Living in the shadows of admiration for food network/travel channel stars like Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern both of whom have traveled to Vietnam numerous times. They represent an impeccable brand however, why isn't there a Food star that represents Vietnamese cuisine? Ming Tsai specializes in Chinese food, Iron Chef Morimoto specializes in Japanese, so where is the Vietnamese star?

Viet and Kevin Tran hope to bridge that gap, to be that star and continue to hand down their recipes one show at a time.
Special thanks to Kevin and Viet Tran for the opportunity and collaboration. 

Pineapple fried Rice:
3 cloves of Garlic
1/4 cup of onions
1/2 cup of Peas/carrots
2 links of sweet chinese sausage (Recommended,not required)
1 cooked chicken breast sliced
1-2 tbsp Brown sugar
one egg
1/4 cup of steamed green beans
1/2 cup of crushed pineapple in heavy syrup
1 tsp of Mushroom seasoning
1 tsp of Tumeric (Curry powder)
1/4 cup of raisins
4-5 cups of day old rice(recommended,but can be fresh steamed)

Method for cooking

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To Be continued........


  1. tasteofbeirutMay 6, 2010 09:57 PM
    Love that pineapple fried rice recipe and you guys sure know how to cook! No dispute there!


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