BY MAIN INGREDIENT


SHAKING BEEF WITH GARLIC SAUCE / BO LUC LAC
I’m always amazed when I saw a chef cooking with a large black wok and with one hand they can shake the wok and whatever that they are cooking in the wok will dance and flip over. That’s how they do “saute or stir-fry” and never really need a spatula. […]

SHAKING BEEF WITH GARLIC SAUCE / BO LUC LAC


VIETNAMESE GRILLED PORK WITH RICE NOODLES / BUN THIT NUONG
Bun Thit Nuong or known as grilled pork with rice noodles is one of my favorite Vietnamese noodle dishes. The noodles are usually served dry accompanied by the nuoc cham sauce along with other fresh herbs. The grilled pork can also be served with peanut sauce. I made the peanut […]

VIETNAMESE GRILLED PORK WITH RICE NOODLES / BUN THIT NUONG


KIMCHI STEW
This is such a perfect stew for the autumn weather that is getting cooler. I really enjoy the the piquancy and spiciness of this dish. It is so easy to make kimchi stew and it gives such a great comfort. Print KIMCHI STEW (4 servings)   What you will need: […]

KIMCHI STEW



DECADENT VANILLA BEANS ICE CREAM
When you bring the topic of ice cream up, you can see smile on most people’s faces. Even my daughter lights up the second she hears the word ice cream. Can’t I blame her though ? No, I’m a big fan of ice cream myself. Really.. who doesn’t ? (besides […]

DECADENT VANILLA BEANS ICE CREAM


THAI PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE
Fried rice is always my favorite thing to whip up because it’s easy and you have a meal in no time. You can pretty much throw whatever ingredients you like to include in your fried rice too. I decided to whip up this Thai-style pineapple fried rice. Love the savory […]

THAI PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE


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



SEAFOOD AND SCALLION PANCAKE
I enjoy eating savory pancake and this is one of my favorite. Crispy on the edge, moist and soft in the middle. We’re a seafood lover and to include it in a pancake is simply priceless. This seafood and scallion pancake makes a great snacks or appetizers. It seems pretty […]

SEAFOOD AND SCALLION PANCAKE


FRIED TEMPEH WITH SPICY SAUCE / SAMBAL GORENG TEMPEH
Tempeh or translated into soy bean cake is a very common food in Indonesia. It is considered a “cheap” source of protein. It wasn’t popular at all (outside of Indonesia) until recently. I’ve actually found some tempeh here in Minnesota. In Indonesia, tempeh is traditionally made by fermentation process that […]

FRIED TEMPEH WITH SPICY SAUCE / SAMBAL GORENG TEMPEH


MINCED DUCK SATAY / SATE LILIT BEBEK
Sate lilit is a popular dish from the Island of Bali. The word “lilit” roughly means “wrap around”. The meat is usually wrapped around the skewers. Traditionally, lemongrass stalks are used as skewers instead of bamboo skewers. I really think using lemongrass stalk as skewers makes sate lilit taste even […]

MINCED DUCK SATAY / SATE LILIT BEBEK



CHICKEN WITH GREEN TOMATOES 2
This chicken with green tomatoes was created with a little inspiration from Indonesia culinary, which often uses lots of herbs and spices. Some can be difficult to find especially if you are at the opposite end of the world. However, I use ingredients that can be found easily and more […]

CHICKEN WITH GREEN TOMATOES


VIETNAMESE-INSPIRED PORK NOODLE SOUP
If you want a satisfying noodle soup dish that can be whipped up in no time, look no further! This one will sure warm up that heart and soul (may be a bit too hot in summer, but you’ll appreciate it even more in winter). I’m also a big fan […]

VIETNAMESE-INSPIRED PORK NOODLE SOUP


BAKED BUNS
Yes, I know..more and more buns. I gotta satiate my cravings for buns. These are baked however, not steamed like the usual buns. Baked buns with meat fillings are also very popular as a matter of fact. It’s my favorite too. Baking makes the buns crispy on the outside and […]

CHINESE BAKED BUNS



BARBECUED PORK STEAMED BUN / CHAR SIU BAO 5
Char siu Bao or barbecued pork steamed buns is one of the most popular item when you go for dim sum. The pork is marinated and basting in savory and sweet sauce and roasted to perfection 😉 You’ll see most Chinese restaurants that serve authentic Chinese food will sell barbecued […]

BARBECUED PORK STEAMED BUNS / CHAR SIU BAO


VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLLS / CHA GIO
Spring rolls are almost everyone’s favorite I must say. These great appetizers are commonly seen in lots of different Asian cuisines. The variety is also countless. Some of them fried, some aren’t. These cha gio or known as Vietnamese spring rolls are the classic fried spring rolls or sometimes they […]

VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLLS / CHA GIO


GARLICKY BAKED CHICKEN
I know when you read the recipe and you see that there’s 4 heads of garlic in this recipe, you gonna think I’m a nutcase !! I’m a garlic lover !! and yes…too much garlic can really stink your breath and perhaps turn the dish into yucky instead of yummy. […]

GARLICKY BAKED CHICKEN



COOK AND SELL DUMPLINGS / SIU MAI
If you are wondering why it is called “cook and sell” dumplings, well, it is a direct translation from the Cantonese dialect siu mai. Siu 燒 means to cook and mai 賣 means to sell. Like I mentioned before, the Chinese like to name the dishes that convey good messages/meanings. […]

COOK AND SELL DUMPLINGS / SIU MAI


CRISPY PEANUT FRITTERS / REMPEYEK KACANG
Crispy peanut fritters or rempeyek kacang or what we usually call “peyek” in short at my home town is something that is good to eat on its own or usually will go with vegetable salad like gado gado and pecel. It is crispy, savory and fragrant (from the spices). Give […]

CRISPY PEANUT FRITTERS / REMPEYEK KACANG


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



PANAKUCHEN / DUTCH APPLE PANCAKE / GERMAN APPLE PANCAKE 2
Want to start your morning right ? well, panakuchen will do just that for you. I’ve heard of Panakuchen before but I never tried it. My husband came home with a recipe of panakuchen (or known as Dutch apple pancake or German apple pancake) one night. The recipe is from […]

PANAKUCHEN / DUTCH APPLE PANCAKE / GERMAN APPLE PANCAKE


ROASTED SEAFOOD
This roasted seafood dish can’t be more beautiful and appetizing. We love seafood in this house and to be throwing lots of things into the roasting pan and ended up with a complete meal makes thing even more beautiful don’t you think ? I mentioned it before over and over, […]

ROASTED SEAFOOD


GREEN WORM JELLY WITH COCONUT MILK AND PALM SUGAR / ES CENDOL 2
Cendol is a very popular drink/dessert in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand,Vietnam and If I’m not mistaken, Philippines too. The worm jelly do not have any taste at all. They are not to be eaten on their own. The Indonesian version of this dessert consists of coconut milk, worm-like jelly made […]

GREEN WORM JELLY WITH COCONUT MILK AND PALM SUGAR / ...



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


LAMB CHOPS WITH THAI PANANG CURRY
Lamb is one of our favorite meat dishes, including my 2 1/2-year old daughter. As you know, fusing different flavor into a dish is also a favorite thing of mine to do. Panang (phanaeng) curry is one of the variety of Thai curries. It is milder compare to Thai red […]

LAMB CHOPS WITH THAI PANANG CURRY


ARROZ CON GANDULES / RICE WITH PIGEON PEAS
Arroz con gandules or rice with pigeon peas is Puerto Rican signature dish. I’ve never had it before and decided to give it a try when I saw it in the Puerto Rican Cookery cookbook by Carmen Aboy Valldeyjuli. Arroz con gandules is usually served during holiday time or in […]

ARROZ CON GANDULES / RICE WITH PIGEON PEAS



OTAK OTAK / GRILLED FISH CAKE IN BANANA LEAVES
Otak otak was my favorite snacks from childhood. I remember how I always chose otak otak at the bakery shop when my dad asked what we wanted. My dad was a huge bread person. He loved bread, cakes, and pretty much anything sweet, which often explained our frequent visits to […]

OTAK OTAK / GRILLED FISH CAKE IN BANANA LEAVES


ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS CHICKEN WITH LEEKS AND DILL
I just have to name the dish as such because that’s how I truly feel about it. Absolutely delicious! I actually get pretty addicted with dill lately. It started after I made a rice with green peas and dill (recipe coming up soon) and from that point on, I can’t […]

ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS CHICKEN WITH LEEKS AND DILL


STEAMED TARO CAKE WITH DRIED SHRIMP TOPPINGS / O KUE
Steamed taro cake with dried shrimp toppings or what we call “o kue” in Medan, Indonesia, is one of our family’s favorite savory snacks. These delicious savory taro cake is commonly seen at the market or bakery/cake shop at our home town. I love home made steamed taro cake because […]

STEAMED TARO CAKE WITH DRIED SHRIMP TOPPINGS / O KUE



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


BUTTER OATS PRAWNS / 麥片蝦 2
Okay…I know what you are thinking. Oatmeal is for breakfast. You can probably see the combination of oatmeal and butter, but oatmeal and prawns ? Perhaps they sound anything but appealing to you if you are not familiar with this dish. Butter oats prawn or known as (mai phien xia) […]

BUTTER OATS PRAWNS / 麥片蝦


MARMALADE PUDDING CAKE
I’m not into decorating cakes and stuff like that. Or maybe I should say I don’t have much patience to do so. I always admire the professional patisserie with their creations. If I want something like that, I would go to the store or order a beautiful-looking cake and eat […]

MARMALADE PUDDING CAKE



PORK CHOPS WITH MUSHROOMS, ZUCCHINI, AND YOGURT-MINT SAUCE
Every now and then I can use some pork chops on our menu. In the past I often overcooked the pork chops. So tough and you can hit someone on the head with it and resulted in some injury (not a good thing!). So, now I tried to sear (I […]

PORK CHOPS WITH MUSHROOMS, ZUCCHINI, AND YOGURT-MINT SAUCE


CHICKEN WITH RED LENTILS
I never grew up having lentils before. It’s not something very common at our house or even at our hometown. But one thing I can tell you is that I always have soft spots for beans and legumes. My mom often cooked soup with beans and I don’t know if […]

CHICKEN WITH RED LENTILS


ONGOL ONGOL / INDONESIAN MUNG BEAN FLOUR CAKE WITH COCONUT 2
If you are familiar with Indonesian cuisine, you definitely heard of ongol ongol before. This street food/sweet treat is highly popular in Indonesia. I loosely translated it into Indonesian mung bean flour cake with coconut simply because I made it with mung bean flour or what we like to call […]

ONGOL ONGOL / INDONESIAN MUNG BEAN FLOUR CAKE WITH COCONUT



OYAKO UDON / UDON NOODLES WITH CHICKEN AND EGG
I’m always a big fan of Japanese home-style cooking. I found most of them are pretty simple with lots of flavor. Oyako udon is one of my favorite Japanese noodle dish. This noodle dish is so simple to make and very delicious. Oyako means parents and children in Japanese. The […]

OYAKO UDON / UDON NOODLES WITH CHICKEN AND EGG


COCONUT-FILLED STEAMED BUNS
I, of course, blame my recent cravings to different food on our second baby in the tummy (I know it’s not you, but still!). Though really, I don’t mind it too at the same time. I haven’t made steamed buns or what we called “bao” in Chinese for a long […]

COCONUT-FILLED STEAMED BUNS


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



POPIAH / FRESH THIN SPRING ROLLS
Popiah or loosely translated as fresh thin spring rolls are popular street food in Southeast Asia countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. I grew up eating these and love them so much. The main filling in popiah always include yam bean or known as bang kuang in a Hokkian dialect. […]

POPIAH / FRESH THIN SPRING ROLLS


CHOCOLATE BANANA MUFFINS
We always have bananas at home and sometime they do get overripe. I like bananas, but eating the over ripen bananas kinda gross me out though. However, these overripe bananas are excellent when you use them for baking, especially in bread and muffin. The smell of it along with the […]

CHOCOLATE BANANA MUFFINS


SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN LIVERS
I can’t even remember when I start to enjoy eating offal meats (or known as organ meats). Offal meats are not entirely alien in Asian cooking actually. Well, I’m not saying all Asians like to eat offal, but maybe majority of us do. I know it’s a turn-off to most […]

SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN LIVERS



PUERTO RICAN BEEF STEW / CARNE GUISADA
I like to prepare stew dishes (even during this hot summer day) because they are easy and you pretty much have complete meal in one pot. Majority of the work is pretty much on cutting the vegetables and meat. Usually can feed a large crowd or if you don’t have […]

PUERTO RICAN BEEF STEW / CARNE GUISADA


CARROT-COCONUT COOKIES
Yes, I do bake. Every now and then Simple things. This carrot-coconut cookies are easy drop cookies (meaning they don’t require me to beautify them like making a cake or something! because I’m not good at that part!). If you like carrot cake, this is almost something like that. I […]

CARROT-COCONUT COOKIES


PORK VINDALOO
Vindaloo is one of my favorite from Indian cuisine. Vindaloo is influenced by the Portuguese during their colonialism in the Goa region, located along the West coast of India. Sometimes also known as Goan Vindaloo. Vindaloo can be made with pork, lamb, seafood, and chicken. Vindaloo is characterized by its […]

PORK VINDALOO



DRUNKEN CHICKEN SOUP
Sesame oil, ginger, and cooking wine are three important ingredients in confinement recipes. If you are wondering what confinement is, you can read about it here. This drunken chicken soup or sometimes people like to call it “ke ciu” or loosely translated as chicken with wine is one of the […]

DRUNKEN CHICKEN SOUP


CRISPY TOFU CUBES WITH SWEET CHILI SAUCE
I was first introduced to this crispy tofu cubes with sweet chili sauce when we visited Singapore last year. We were at Crystal Jade and my sister ordered this dish. My then 23-month old daughter got hooked to this tofu dish (Yes, it’s fried, who won’t get hooked ). I […]

CRISPY TOFU CUBES WITH SWEET CHILI SAUCE


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