Christine Ha brings a taste of her signature Asian comfort food to the home kitchen

(Photo by Amy E. Price/Getty Images for SXSW)
(Photo by Amy E. Price/Getty Images for SXSW) /

After earning success on MasterChef, Christine Ha has become one of Houston’s most sought-after chefs. Her signature Asian comfort food has impressed a wide array of foodies. With a recent partnership with Tovala, those sought after flavors can be enjoyed in many people’s homes.

For those unfamiliar with Tovala, the brand combines a meal delivery with a countertop smart oven. While other brands might prep the food, Tovala simplifies the whole process through automation. Whether it is scanning the QR code or syncing with the app, the concept takes the guess work out of cooking. It might not be a shortcut to culinary school, but it brings fresh, flavorful food to the table with minimal effort.

Recently, Christine Ha partnered with Tovala to bring three of her signature dishes to the brand’s offerings. This limited time offer invites people to explore bolder flavors and some non-traditional ingredients.

Ha said, “I’m excited for people to experience some of the flavors and ingredients I grew up eating, and that have influenced my cooking philosophy over the years. As a child of Vietnamese immigrants, this means modernizing some of the more traditional Vietnamese and Southeast Asian meals my mother made, as well as dishes that have left an imprint on me through my travels. All three dishes I’ve made for Tovala evoke a sense of nostalgia for me, and my hope this fall is to bring more people together to connect over these meals I grew up loving, and that continue to inspire my cooking today.”

The three featured dishes are: Bò Kho with Udon, Cơm Sườn Nướng Xả, Thai-Style Yellow Curry with Shrimp. Although the names might be difficult to pronounce, the flavors will leave a lasting impression and could inspire home cooks to explore this cuisine.

These fall menus bring the comfort vibe through bold yet approachable combinations. From the hearty lemongrass beef stew to the yellow curry shrimp, these dishes appreciate layers of flavor which makes people go back bite after bite. From the vibrant colors to the enticing aroma, these recipes combine heritage and modernity on a plate. Chef Ha’s deft hand is celebrated with these offerings.

Even though these dishes might be difficult to prepare from scratch, the Tovala makes it easy for anyone to serve an impeccable Asian comfort food dinner efficiently. It serves as an invitation to explore cuisines and maybe embraces bolder combinations that are not part of the weekly recipes.

The specialty dishes from Christine Ha are available for a limited time. Tovala has a variety of options in its platform. The smart oven and meals are priced separately.