MEALS IN MINUTES


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


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


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



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


STIR-FRIED CHICKEN WITH GREEN TEA 2
This stir-fried chicken with green tea is inspired by a Taiwanese dish. Taiwan is a place flooded with creative energy when. Food is one of them. I only went to Taiwan once and that was also on a business trip many years ago. Though it was a short trip but […]

STIR-FRIED CHICKEN WITH GREEN TEA


KOREAN CHICKEN WITH LETTUCE WRAP
If you like something crunchy and healthy with your meal, what can be better than a lettuce ? (you would say….chips? ha..ha..). I’m not a big fan of eating lettuce on its own though. It’s healthy and super low calorie for sure, but to be realistic, I’m not a person […]

KOREAN CHICKEN WITH LETTUCE WRAP



CHEDDAR CORN PIE 2
I’ve been so blessed to meet so many wonderful people. Some I’ve met in person, some I’ve came to know through blogging and either way, I feel so grateful. Every time I made this cheddar corn pie, it reminds me of my good friend, Stef (not that she looks like […]

CHEDDAR CORN PIE


SALMON TERIYAKI
If you are running out of idea on what to do with salmon, try this salmon teriyaki. There are gazillion different types of teriyaki sauces out there, but mixing one up on your own is a no-brainer and it goes so well with the salmon. The teriyaki sauce in this […]

SALMON TERIYAKI


THAI-INSPIRED CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
Yes, I love Thai food. The sourness, they spicyness, the sweetness, the herbs and spices used in cooking…I mean….loads of taste and flavor working together to please my taste buds. You will find this Thai-inspired chicken noodle soup incredibly easy to make, especially if you have leftover chicken meat. You […]

THAI-INSPIRED CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP



EASY PEASY CHICKEN TERIYAKI
Teriyaki is probably one of the most common terms we hear in culinary world and see on restaurant menu that serves Japanese food. The term teriyaki itself refers to the cooking method in Japan by broiling or grilling and basted in a sauce typically made of sake, mirin, soy sauce […]

EASY PEASY CHICKEN TERIYAKI


MEAT STIR-FRY WITH GOCHUJANG
Gochujang or known as Korean hot bean paste is popular Korean condiment used in cooking. Gochujang is made of fermented soy beans along with red chili and glutinous rice that is being aged in a earthen pot for quite sometimes. Kinds like the same thing they do to age Kim […]

MEAT STIR-FRY WITH GOCHUJANG


STIR-FRIED SHREDDED PORK WITH SWEET BEAN PASTE
I have to admit that it does get a little hot to cook at the kitchen lately. I consider Minnesota’s summer as a “mild” one compare to that in Oklahoma, but still, the temperature inside the house rises quickly as soon as I do some cooking. But, I still need […]

STIR-FRIED SHREDDED PORK WITH SWEET BEAN PASTE



GYU DONBURI / BEEF BOWL
I always have a thing for Japanese food. Mention the word sashimi, and you can literally see me salivating like the Pavlov’s dog (not a pretty sight I know, but you get what I mean). I actually made my husband promised to bring me to eat lots and lots of […]

GYU DONBURI / BEEF BOWL


MEE KANGKUNG BELACAN / SPICY STIR-FRIED NOODLES WITH WATER SPINACH 1
Mee kangkung belacan is one of the very popular street food almost every Medanese loves. It is basically a stir fry noodles with chili, shrimp paste (belacan), water spinach and some seafood. The dish is spicy (but won’t burn or numb your tongue), then it has this wonderful flavor from […]

MEE KANGKUNG BELACAN / SPICY STIR-FRIED NOODLES WITH WATER SPINACH


INDONESIAN STYLE VEGETABLE STIR-FRY / CAP CHAY 3
Cap Chay in Hokkian language (one of many dialects spoken among Asian communities) means everything mixed together. Which is literally what this dish is all about. It’s a medley of vegetable stir-fry and you are welcome to throw any vegetable you want to make Cap Cay. Some seafood and meat […]

INDONESIAN STYLE VEGETABLE STIR-FRY / CAP CHAY



FISH SOUP 11
This fish soup recipe is one of the fish recipe that my family is crazy about. Honestly, I’m crazy about this dish myself if you ask me. We love fish to begin with. My daughter love sole and swai fish fillet because they are so tender and melt in your […]

QUICK AND FLAVORFUL FISH SOUP


CRAB CURRY
I’m one of those people who like to eat crab meat but absolutely hate to pick the meat out of the shells! I know…lazy bum! So, if you are on the same boat with me, then this crab curry recipe might just be the one for you It is absolutely […]

CRAB CURRY


STIR-FRIED CHICKEN WITH LEMONGRASS
Stir-fried chicken with lemongrass is a quick and delicious Vietnamese-inspired dish you can whip up at your very own kitchen for sure. With several recipes I’ve posted using lemongrass, I think you can see how versatile this herb actually is and never be afraid to cook with it anymore (if […]

STIR-FRIED CHICKEN WITH LEMONGRASS



LEMONGRASS PORK WITH NOODLE
Lemongrass pork with noodle is a Vietnamese-inspired dish that I really enjoy eating. I often ordered this dish when I was in college. The noodle isn’t served with a soup, but it is served with a flavored-fish sauce. Sounds weird but it does get addicting. It can be served with […]

LEMONGRASS PORK WITH NOODLE


AROMATIC CHICKEN SOUP
My daughter loves this soup. My husband and I love it too. I was a bit hesitant that she would considering there are ginger, turmeric, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves flavoring the soup, but she did. I name this soup aromatic chicken soup because it sure is highly aromatic. I […]

AROMATIC CHICKEN SOUP


PORK WITH LEMONGRASS SOUP
I grew up with the flavor of lemongrass in food. My favorite dish that my mom used to make is the shrimp with lemongrass. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. My dad used lemongrass as natural “scent” in the car. It worked. It smelled so fresh and lemony. […]

PORK WITH LEMONGRASS SOUP



EASY FISH STEW WITH HERB
Preparing a fish dish is also one of my favorite things to do at the kitchen. It usually doesn’t involve much messing around and long cooking time (as the case with all seafood). I grew up with fish cooked with ginger, garlic, and lime. These three are believed to help […]

EASY FISH STEW WITH HERB


SHRIMP STEW
Shrimp is one of my favorite seafood. I like to cook with seafood because they usually don’t take a long time to cook. In fact, it is very easy to overcook seafood like shrimp, fish, and crab. Once you overcook them, they turn tough and rubbery (especially with shrimps) and […]

SHRIMP STEW


EGGS WITH SAMBAL / SAMBAL TELUR 2
Eggs with sambal or what we call “sambal telur” in Indonesia is one of the classic I really like. Anything that is called “sambal” in Southeast Asia, pretty much involved some red chili paste. It’s my all time favorite and I loved it when my mom used to cooked it. […]

EGGS WITH SAMBAL / SAMBAL TELUR



THREE CUPS CHICKEN
If you are familiar with Taiwanese food, you probably heard of or ate three cups chicken before. It is so called “three’cup” or san bei qi (三杯鸡) because the sauce that is used in the dish is made of sesame oil, dark soy sauce, and wine. All the three ingredients […]

THREE CUPS CHICKEN


SPAGHETTI WITH SHRIMP AND WATERCRESS
Watercress has gained lots of popularity lately for its antioxidants properties. We grew up eating lots of watercress. My mom often made soup with watercress, tomatoes, garlic, and some pork bones. The soup was slowly cooked so the pork bones, tomatoes, and garlic release wonderful flavor to the soup. Everything […]

SPAGHETTI WITH SHRIMP AND WATERCRESS


FRIED RICE WITH SHALLOTS
Shallots are one of the important ingredients in Southeast Asian kitchen. Shallots are used in fresh cooking in addition to being pickled. Finely sliced, deep-fried shallots are used as a condiment in Asian cuisine on rice dishes, noodle dishes, etc. Shallot are somewhat taste like onion, but it is milder […]

FRIED RICE WITH SHALLOTS



TAHU TELOR / TOFU OMELETTES
Tahu Telor / Tofu Omelettes was one of the dishes that we often ordered whenever we went out to eat at Indonesian Restaurant. Such a simple recipe, yet very satisfying. I supposed the name of the dish itself is quite self-explanatory. Basically, it is a tofu omelette stacked with vegetable […]

TAHU TELUR / TOFU OMELETTES


STEAMED FISH AND TOFU STACKS
Tofu is one of the common dishes you will see on the table during meal time. It is definitely also one of my favorite ingredients to cook with. Not too much messing around with tofu because it is so delicate (especially if you are working the soft tofu), but combining […]

STEAMED FISH AND TOFU STACKS


STEAMED PIPA SHRIMPS
…and you wonder what in the world is pipa shrimps ? Well, the shrimps are definitely regular kinds, but because the dish itself resembles the shape of a pi pa, a musical instrument from China, and hence the name. The shrimps are shelled, cleaned and butterflied and laid on top […]

STEAMED PIPA SHRIMPS



BEEF WITH BLACK BEAN SAUCE
Black bean sauce is quite a popular ingredient in the Chinese kitchen. The black bean sauce is made by fermenting the black bean in salt and spices. When you taste it, it is quite salty and which is why it is often used in stir-fry meat dishes. You will find […]

BEEF WITH BLACK BEAN SAUCE


STEAMED LEMON CHICKEN WITH NOODLES
There is something comforting about warmed noodle dishes when you are dealing with cold weather. It’s one of my favorite dishes for the soul I’d call it Chicken itself is pretty economical and I can say pretty abundant and common in most kitchen anywhere in the world. If you haven’t […]

STEAMED LEMON CHICKEN WITH NOODLES