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SPICY STIR-FRIED QUINOA WITH LOBSTER TAILS
Quinoa has been part of our diets for few years now. I started out just eating it plain as I would rice accompanied by other entrees and side dishes. But over the years, as food is getting more “exotic” (in a good way), the possibilities of cooking quinoa with other […]

SPICY STIR-FRIED QUINOA WITH LOBSTER TAILS


HONEY AND SOY SAUCE BAKED WINGS
It wasn’t until I was in college that I started to like chicken wings (before that I only like drumsticks LOL). I’m not sure why, but probably because it’s something that we ate so often and I had a roommate who loved to snack on chicken wings and that probably […]

HONEY AND SOY SAUCE BAKED WINGS


OXTAIL SHIO RAMEN
The mention of oxtail ramen makes me feeling a little nostalgic. It brings me back all the way to Oahu, Hawaii That’s where I had my first oxtail ramen. At Ramen Nakamura in Oahu. That little shop always has long queue. The Japanese and tourists from all over the world […]

OXTAIL SHIO RAMEN



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


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


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



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


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 Print STIR-FRIED KALE (4 servings)   What you […]

STIR-FRIED KALE


SPICY RICE, BEANS, AND AVOCADO WRAP
This recipe came up after scanning through the refrigerator and pantry one afternoon. I wanted something quick, healthy, spicy and delicious (not too much to ask I suppose 😉 ). I wasn’t in the mood for cooking that day (believe it or not!). Saw some leftover brown rice and immediately […]

SPICY RICE, BEANS, AND AVOCADO WRAP



SPICY AND TANGY NOODLE WITH BLACK GARLIC
I was super excited to see black garlic at Trader Joe’s last week. I seriously did not expect to see an exotic ingredient like black garlic at TJ, imported from Japan too. I was first introduced to black garlic when I was still working in Singapore 7 years ago. Black […]

SPICY AND TANGY NOODLE WITH BLACK GARLIC


STIR-FRIED QUINOA 6
I like making stir-fry. They are usually easy and it is a great way to used up leftovers of veggies or meats, seafood, here and there. Stir-fried quinoa can’t be healthier and satisfying. The idea is like making a fried rice, but instead of using white or brown rice, I […]

STIR-FRIED QUINOA


SHRIMPS WITH SRIRACHA SAUCE
I never knew about this sriracha chili sauce until I came to the U.S. for a college eons ago. I was introduced to the delicious Vietnamese Pho Noodles and they usually serve the noodle with sriracha chili sauce and hoisin sauce on the side. I got hooked immediately. I never […]

SHRIMPS WITH SRIRACHA SAUCE



LINGUINE WITH ANCHOVIES AND ONION SAUCE
Anchovies may not be everyone’s favorite food, but they certainly are mine. In Southeast Asian kitchen, anchovies are common ingredients too. From flavoring soup to being side dishes and anything in between. Using the anchovies in this pasta dish sure gives the dish that umami taste. And I love umami […]

LINGUINE WITH ANCHOVIES AND ONION SAUCE


LEMON GRASS PORK LOIN WITH RICE NOODLES
Lemon grass is one of my favorite herbs to cook with. These stalks are very commonly used in Southeast Asian kitchen. From just flavoring dishes to actually being eaten. This lemon grass pork loin with rice noodles uses chopped lemon grass. I know it’s a bit hard to imagine eating […]

LEMON GRASS PORK LOIN WITH RICE NOODLES


RICE PILAF WITH CARAMELIZED ONION
I got hooked with caramelized onion lately. Well, I’ve always enjoyed caramelized onion but recently, I’m not sure what it is, I’m craving for certain things (not pregnant! ha!) and this is one of them and trying to sneak it into certain dish and it complements this fluffy rice pilaf […]

RICE PILAF WITH CARAMELIZED ONION



PANKO-CRUSTED TOMATILLOS
I was always curious about these green-looking tomatoes or known as tomatillo in Spanish. Never had it before (at least not that I’m aware of) until these past 2 years probably. I never seen green tomatoes. My mom said she had never seen one before too until she came here. […]

PANKO-CRUSTED TOMATILLOS


GRILLED STEAK WITH TOSSED NOODLE
I’ve mentioned over and over before how much I liked the taste combination of sweet, spicy, sour, and salty in one dish. It’s like a party for the taste buds. I also have soft spots for medium rare grilled steak 😉 It’s kinda funny because I never grew up eating […]

GRILLED STEAK WITH TOSSED NOODLE


BLACK BEAN CHEESEBURGERS WITH GREEN CHILE
I was craving for a burger few weeks ago for whatever reason (no, not pregnant…again! Not funny I know), but I sure kept thinking about it. If you ever browsed through the recipes on this blog, I can tell you that I don’t have many recipes for burgers. Not because […]

BLACK BEAN CHEESEBURGERS WITH GREEN CHILE



OMELETTE SALAD
We love eggs! We start our morning with eggs. And I’m glad the two kiddos like eggs too. It’s just so easy to feed the family with eggs. They are cheap and nutritious. I often feel handicapped without eggs in the refrigerator. Days when I don’t want to deal with […]

OMELETTE SALAD


ZUCCHINI WITH QUINOA AND PEANUTS PANCAKE
Another reason why I love summer! Zucchini. It’s abundance and I love zucchini period. I’ve tried to incorporate zucchini into many dishes I can think of. This pancake, is really very yummy and it’s a complete meal on its own. Packed with nutrients and if you never tried quinoa before, […]

ZUCCHINI WITH QUINOA AND PEANUTS PANCAKE


SPICY FISH STEW
Fish is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with (Yes, I’ve said it thousands of times at least). Fish cooks quickly and when made into a stew like this, it feeds the whole family. My only concern about buying fish lately is where the fish comes from. I tried […]

SPICY FISH STEW



BULGOGI AND KIMCHI QUESADILLA
Honestly, this was made without much planning and I happened to have all the ingredients on hand and voila…. bulgogi and kimchi quesadilla. A while ago I made some seasoned sliced beef or known as bulgogi in Korean. Bulgogi is highly popular Korean beef dish. I was craving for something […]

BULGOGI AND KIMCHI QUESADILLA


OSYTER TEMPURA
We’re a family of seafood lover (minus the kids….at least for now!)..okay, so just me and hubby pretty much. I love tempura. This Japanese-style deep fried dishes (usually seafood and vegetables) has made its way into my favorite list and it’s not going anywhere. I enjoy the lightness and crispiness […]

OSYTER TEMPURA


ROASTED EGGPLANTS WITH BASIL
Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. Though, I have to admit that I haven’t been cooking it for a while. In Indonesia kitchen, eggplant is usually stir-fried with sambal/spicy chili sauce. The preparation is not very waist-friendly however. The eggplant is usually deep-fried before stir-frying. Oven is not a […]

ROASTED EGGPLANTS WITH BASIL



CHICKEN AND ALMOND STEW
Making a one-pot stew is my favorite thing now. It’s easy and it feeds the whole family. Chicken and almond stew is one of my favorite stews. Hearty and nutty. All the good stuff like kale and almond butter. The almond butter makes the stew tastes creamy and rich. This […]

CHICKEN AND ALMOND STEW


ALMOND-CRUSTED PAN-FRIED CHICKEN
Almond butter has kinda replaced peanut butter at our pantry. Ever since we discovered it at Costco several years ago. It’s healthier and my girl actually likes almond butter. We like it on our toasts. And now..on our chicken 😉 This almond-crusted pan-fried chicken is delicious and I love the […]

ALMOND-CRUSTED PAN-FRIED CHICKEN


PAN-FRIED FISH WITH SHALLOTS AND DILL
I am a little bit obsessed with dill lately ha! It’s funny that I never grew up having this herb before in our food. It’s not a common herb in Southeast Asian kitchen if I may say so. I learned of this herb while experimenting with some European and South […]

PAN-FRIED FISH WITH SWEET ONION AND DILL



FISH GOUJON WITH DILL MAYONNAISE
Goujon is a fancy French word for strips of fish or sometimes chicken being breaded and fried. I personally love fish dishes. I remember how my parents always make sure there were plenty of fish stocked up in the fridge when they know I would be home visiting Steam it, […]

FISH GOUJON WITH DILL MAYONNAISE


SHRIMP AND MANGO RED CURRY 2
I have to admit that I’m still in a “survival” mode. Meaning, I’m trying to survive motherhood with our 4 1/2-month old baby (as I’m typing this entry) and a 3-year old daughter. Fun ? yes. Exhausting ? yes. Hungry ? double yes!! I feel like I’m hungry all the […]

SHRIMP AND MANGO RED CURRY


SUPER QUICK QUESADILLAS
Time is not on my side lately and I guess you can tell because I haven’t been able to post much recipes. Things have been a little crazy but I know all these craziness will settle down a little bit and I will soon be able to experiment with more […]

SUPER QUICK QUESADILLAS



SHRIMP IN YELLOW SAUCE
This shrimp in yellow sauce was an inspiration of a Balinese dish that is usually prepared with lobster or what they called Udang Pantung (lobster) kuning. The sauce is made of coconut milk and other fragrant spices and herbs typically found in Indonesian cooking. The main bulk of the work […]

SHRIMP IN YELLOW SAUCE


ROASTED CHICKEN WITH GREEK YOGURT SAUCE 1
Chicken thighs and drumstick are my favorite parts to use in cooking 😉 Yes, they are dark meat, which means, moist and tender compare to the breast. I have to tell you though that most Asians (most, not all) do not like to cook with chicken breast. The meat is […]

ROASTED CHICKEN WITH GREEK YOGURT SAUCE