INDONESIAN STYLE GREEN SAMBAL
Each time I have this green sambal, I remember my mom. She always brought me some when she came to visit me. If you are not familiar with Indonesian culinary, sambal is one of the must-have to accompany many rice dishes, poultry, meats, seafood..well, lets put it this way….many dishes […]

MOM’S GREEN SAMBAL


PORK CHOPS WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR AND GORGONZOLA CHEESE
This pork chops with balsamic vinegar and gorgonzola cheese has become our family’s favorite dish. The recipe came from the cooking light magazine with some modifications. I don’t cook pork chops a whole lot, but I’m glad I gave this one a try. My husband’s favorite thing about this dish […]

PORK CHOPS WITH BALSAMIC VINEGAR AND GORGONZOLA CHEESE



STIR-FRIED FLAT RICE NOODLES WITH CHILI BEAN SAUCE 2
If you haven’t gotten tired of me saying “I love noodles”…well, I love noodles and flat wide rice noodles (or known as “fun” in Cantonese or “kwe tiau” in Hokkian dialect) are my most favorite. I like them serve with soup/stew or stir-fried. I really like this stir-fried flat rice […]

STIR-FRIED FLAT RICE NOODLES WITH CHILI BEAN SAUCE


PAN-FRIED LEEKS PANCAKES 2
What do you do when you have leeks in the fridge ? Well, my original pan was to do a stir-fry with it, but for whatever reason I didn’t get around to do it and I just wanted to use up the leeks. I was going to do some leeks […]

PAN-FRIED LEEKS PANCAKES



CURRY PUFF 9
I’ve made these a while back and I haven’t made them for a while and I decided to do so and did few updates to improve the recipe Curry Puff is one of the famous snacks in South East Asia. Curry Puff is almost like an empanadas, but Southeast Asian style […]

CURRY PUFF


BRAISED NOODLES WITH SEAFOOD
Let me share with you one of my favorite noodles recipes. Braising is a pretty common cooking method in the Asian kitchen. The noodles are braised in the sauce so they absorb the sauce. I love the combo of ginger, cooking wine, and sesame oil in a braising sauce. It’s […]

BRAISED NOODLES WITH SEAFOOD



EASY ROAST BEEF BANH MI
I’ve made banh mi from scratch before and it wasn’t terribly hard or complicated. But if I can make a “cheat” version… (With two young kids around and lots of other things to be done), well, why not ? I was inspired to make a cheat version when I saw these […]

EASY ROAST BEEF BANH MI


ZHA JIANG MIAN/ SWEET AND SPICY BEEF NOODLES
Talking about zha jiang mian, I’m taken back to my almost-once-a-week-date with my sister at the Crystal Jade Restaurant in Singapore. Zha jiang mian was always what we ordered. I really like the zha jiang mian noodle there. Zha jiang mian is originated from northern China. Zha jiang means bean […]

ZHA JIANG MIAN/ SWEET AND SPICY BEEF NOODLES



KOREAN SWEET POTATO NOODLES 2
I made this sweet potato noodles few years ago when I first got the Easy Korean Cooking cookbook by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee. I’ve made it several times since then because it’s our favorite noodle dish. Along the way I’ve modified it just because a dish like this is usually versatile […]

SWEET POTATO NOODLES/ JAPCHAE


CROCK POT PORK RIBS 2
I love cooking with slow cooker/crock pot. I mean..why wouldn’t I ? The crock pot does the work and you wake up with a dish ready for you. What is not to love about that ! When I made this crock pot pork ribs, the next morning, my father-in-law said […]

SLOW-COOKED PORK RIBS



ROASTED CHICKPEAS FRIED RICE 2
Chickpeas or known as garbanzo beans is one of my favorite beans. I’ve never had chickpeas before until I came to the U.S. almost 1.5 decades ago and I was hooked ever since. I like it on salad, curry dishes, and of course roasted. Not too long ago, a Burmese […]

ROASTED CHICKPEAS FRIED RICE


EASY STIR-FRIED SNAP PEAS 2
I love making stir-fried veggies. My kids like them too. This easy stir-fried snap peas is one of their favorites too. Asian likes to stir-fry their veggies with oyster sauce in most cases (not all!). Nowadays, we have more choices when it comes to oyster sauce. I remember few years […]

EASY STIR-FRIED SNAP PEAS



korean gamjatang
I know it’s not winter anymore, but I can have soup or stew anytime of the year. I often stocked up on pork neck bones and make some stock from them. We often have one noodle soup dish throughout the week. So one weekend my husband was telling me about […]

KOREAN PORK BONE SOUP / GAMJATANG


home made bak kut teh
  Pork ribs tea soup or in a hokkian dialect known as bak (meat) kut (bone) teh (tea) usually is made of meaty pork ribs simmered in a broth brewed with Chinese herbs for hours. The color of the soup may be darker or lighter, depending on the herbs used. The version I made […]

HOME MADE PORK RIBS TEA SOUP / BAK KUT TEH



BROWN RICE PORRIDGE 2
Brown rice has been one of the staples in our diet for the past 5 years or so. We hardly every cook white rice anymore. I even made fried rice with brown rice. I’m glad to say both of my kids do not care if they are fed brown rice or […]

BROWN RICE PORRIDGE


AYAM MASAK BUGIS 2
Buginese chicken or known as “ayam (chicken) masak (cook) bugis” is from the Southern part of Sulawesi island in Indonesia where the Buginese ethic is the majority there. Traditionally the whole chicken is stewed in coconut milk along with other ingredients commonly used in Indonesian kitchen such as: cinnamon, bay […]

BUGINESE CHICKEN



STIR-FRIED KALE 6
Wonder what you can cook with kale besides roasting them ? Try this stir-fried kale and you might find yourselves liking it. It’s my daughter’s favorite since she was one year old. Stir-frying vegetables is always my favorite thing to do anyway STIR-FRIED KALE (4 servings)   Print What you […]

STIR-FRIED KALE


COLORFUL MANTOU
Mantou or Chinese plain steamed bun was my childhood favorite and still is. I remember having that for afternoon tea snacks. It’s like steamed buns, but usually without any filling inside and has a half-circle shape, soft and fluffy. Mantou is a staple of the Chinese. It can be eaten […]

COLORFUL MANTOU



FLUFFY WHOLE WHEAT PANCAKES 2
Fiorina requested pancakes for breakfast. She usually never really requested specific food for breakfast. We have a pretty standard breakfast every morning. Usually one fried egg, refrigerated raw oatmeal with chia seeds, and sometimes she wants some unsweetened whole grain cheerios. Every now and then I may make some pancakes, […]

FLUFFY WHOLE WHEAT PANCAKES


ALMOND BUTTER COOKIES 3
I don’t bake as much as I want to, but I love cookies, pastries and breads. Unfortunately, I’m not a good baker too ha.ha..! I don’t have the patience to measure things out. Unlike cooking, I believe that when it comes to baking, precision is of paramount important. I could get by with just […]

ALMOND BUTTER COOKIES



EASY KIMCHI RAMEN
Only God knows how much I love noodle. I think it’s in the genes. My mom is another “noodle head” and both my kids are noodle heads 😉 I don’t know..I always have a soft spot for noodle. I’ve been craving for a ramen noodle AND kimchi badly the other […]

EASY KIMCHI RAMEN


PEKING DUCK WITH CHINESE PANCAKES
You know, there is always first time for everything. This was my first time roasting a whole duck in my entire natural life so far lol! The thought of roasting a big bird like that was a bit intimidating (to me at least!). But once you did it for that […]

PEKING DUCK WITH CHINESE PANCAKES



tauco udang
You may think that the combination of bean sauce (or sometime calls Preserved beans/Fermented beans) or tauco (in Indonesian) and shrimps sounds a bit absurd, however, this is another one of my favorite Indonesian dishes. We call it tauco udang in Indonesian and it is one of my mom’s signature dishes. It […]

SHRIMPS WITH BEAN SAUCE AND TEMPEH


SOUP DUMPLINGS / XIAO LONG BAO 4
If you have ever eaten xiao long bao before, I know your face will lighten up by just seeing the words For the few years I’ve lived in Singapore, I had been spoiled with wonderful xiao long bao from various Chinese restaurants. Thin skin and the soup gushes out when […]

SOUP DUMPLINGS / XIAO LONG BAO