BY MAIN INGREDIENT


TARO PUFF / WOO KOK
Taro puff or known as woo kok in Cantonese language is one of my very favorite dim sum items to order whenever we go for a dim sum. I’ve always had soft spots for taro to begin with (or anything with high carbs lol). Making your own taro puff wasn’t […]

TARO PUFF / WOO KOK


CHICKEN NACHO SOUP
I think for 35 years of my life so far, I’ve only eaten nacho like maybe….once ? ha.ha..! I’m not a big fan of nacho itself, which is pretty much tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and jalapeno peppers. Some goes to the extend of adding some sort of meat […]

CHICKEN NACHO SOUP


SOUR CREAM SCONES
I’ve said it many many times that baking is definitely not my forte. However, bakery and pastry are my favorite things to eat The smell of the baking bread can make me very happy. This may sound a bit funny, but making scones had been one of my to-do things […]

SOUR CREAM SCONES



TAHU DAN TEMPEH BACEM / SPICED TOFU AND TEMPEH 5
The first time I learned of Tahu and Tempeh Bacem or loosely translated as spiced tofu and tempeh, was when I lived in Jakarta. Almost every day I had these for dinner. I’m a tofu and tempeh maniac to begin with. The tofu and tempeh are twiced-cooked. First, they are […]

TAHU DAN TEMPEH BACEM / SPICED TOFU AND TEMPEH


STIR-FRIED MEE TAI MAK / BEE TAI MAK 2
Mee Tai Mak / Bee Tai Mak is noodle made of rice flour. It is very similar to other type of noodle such as Flat Rice Noodles (Kwey Tiau) with an exception that mee thye mak are round, short and a little chewy (in a good way). Mee thye mak […]

STIR-FRIED MEE TAI MAK / BEE TAI MAK


DRIED ANCHOVIES WITH PEANUTS AND CHILI / SAMBAL IKAN TERI
Dried anchovies or knowns as Ikan teri in Indonesian language, play a big part in Indonesian kitchen and I believe other South East Asia countries like Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. More about dried anchovies can be read when I posted the dried anchovies powder recipe. The most common dish made […]

DRIED ANCHOVIES WITH PEANUTS AND CHILI / SAMBAL IKAN TERI



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


BUTTERMILK ROASTED CHICKEN WITH CREAMY SAUCE
My daughter loves chicken drumstick. I think it’s the fact that she can easily hold on to the “stick” and eat it makes it appealing to her when she was young. Now that she is much older (almost 3 1/2) and gotten lazy, she prefers that someone already have the […]

BUTTERMILK ROASTED CHICKEN WITH CREAMY SAUCE



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


SWEDISH MEATBALLS WITH SWEET POTATO MASH
Swedish meatballs was one of the thing we often ordered when we went to IKEA. It’s yummy and they always have it on a special and you can see almost every diner at IKEA ordered Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes. When I saw the Swedish meatballs recipe on Jamie Oliver’s […]

SWEDISH MEATBALLS WITH SWEET POTATO MASH


BUN RIEU / CRAB MEAT NOODLE SOUP
I like to cook with seafood because not only they usually don’t require much of your time, they are also delicious. This crab meat noodle soup has home-cooking written all over it. I tried it once and so inspired to make it. The crab meat mixed with the beaten eggs […]

BUN RIEU / CRAB MEAT NOODLE SOUP



RUSTIC CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP
I had tried several chicken tortilla soup and while they tasted pretty good, I thought something was kinda missing. Then I saw another tortilla soup recipe from Jamie’s America cookbook and I simply couldn’t pass on this one and went ahead and gave it a try. The verdict: SPECTACULAR! I […]

RUSTIC CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP


MOROCCAN CHICKEN SOUP WITH COUSCOUS
After becoming a Monday-to-Friday-and-occasionally-weekend-cook for the past 4 years, I’m getting more and more “relaxed” when it comes to cooking. Honestly speaking, I’m not a kind that like to follow recipes to the tee. That’s probably why I don’t bake much because you can’t do that with baking 😉 I […]

MOROCCAN CHICKEN SOUP WITH COUSCOUS


TEMPEH STEW / GULAI TEMPEH
If you have never heard of tempeh before, well, perhaps you should check it out. This nutritious food is one of my favorites. I talked more about tempeh here. It’s an excellent source of non-animal based protein. If you are wondering where to find tempeh here in the U.S., check […]

TEMPEH STEW / GULAI TEMPEH



SZECHUAN HOT POT FOR ASIAN NEW YEAR EVE 3
Chinese New Year falls on January 31,2014 this year. When I still lived in Singapore, this is the time of the year that I looked forward to the most. I usually booked my airplane ticket to go back home during this time 3-4 months before the new year. It’s the […]

HOT POT FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR EVE


STIR-FRIED BEAN SPROUTS WITH SALTED FISH
Bean sprouts or sometimes known as mung bean sprouts are one of my favorite ingredients in Asian cooking. They are very common in Southeast Asia and East Asia cooking. These sprouts are highly nutritious and couldn’t be easier to include in dishes. They do not require much cooking time. In […]

STIR-FRIED BEAN SPROUTS WITH SALTED FISH


SWEET STICKY RICE DUMPLINGS / LUPIS
Lupis or sweet sticky rice dumplings is one of my very favorite childhood snacks/dessert. This popular triangle-shape sweet dumplings in Indonesia is usually coated with grated coconut and smothered in the delicious dark palm sugar or known as gula Jawa/gula aren. There aren’t much ingredients involved in the making, but […]

SWEET STICKY RICE DUMPLINGS / LUPIS



SERUNDENG / SEASONED CRISPY COCONUT FLAKES
Serundeng is a seasoned crispy coconut flakes that you’ll find pretty common in Indonesian kitchen. Serundeng is used as a garnish to popular Indonesian dishes like nasi lemak and lontong sayur. My daughter loves serundeng because it is so crispy and fragrant Print SERUNDENG / SEASONED CRISPY COCONUT FLAKES (about […]

SERUNDENG / SEASONED CRISPY COCONUT FLAKES


GREEN TORTOISE CAKE WITH PEANUT FILLINGS / ANG KU KUEH
Last month my mom made the red tortoise cake with mung bean fillings again for Iven’s one month celebration and they were really good. This time around she made the green tortoise cake with peanut fillings. Let me tell you, the peanut fillings is my favorite one compare to the […]

GREEN TORTOISE CAKE WITH PEANUT FILLINGS / ANG KU KUEH


TAIWANESE MEAT PINWHEELS / ROU JIAN 4
I never had the rou jian or loosely translated as Chinese meat pinwheels until my mom made them few weeks ago. Apparently rou jian is a popular Taiwanese street food. It does look like a pinwheel with some meat and spring onion filling inside. The rou jian is pan-fried and […]

TAIWANESE MEAT PINWHEELS / ROU JIAN



KOREAN-STYLE CHICKEN STEW
In this cold wintry weather, I can’t stop thinking about something warm and somewhat spicy to ward off the cold. This vibrant-looking stew can’t be easier to make and very delicious. I resorted to Korean gochujang paste again to make this stew and it turned out wonderful. Print KOREAN-STYLE CHICKEN […]

KOREAN-STYLE CHICKEN STEW


GLUTINOUS RICE BALLS WITH PEANUT FILLING / TANG YUAN
Glutinous rice balls or known as tang yuan in Chinese is a traditional food that is eaten in special occasion. December 22 (or sometimes December 21) is one of the days that people eat tang yuan. It is a Dong Zhi Festival or known as Winter Solstice. It is one […]

GLUTINOUS RICE BALLS WITH PEANUT FILLING / TANG YUAN


RISSOLES 10
There are many kind of Rissoles from all over the world. Rissoles are one of the appetizers in Indonesia too. It is almost similar with croquette, filled with meat (we used chicken meat) and some veggies and then wrapped in Risoles skin/wrap and deep-fried. The presentation of Risoles in Indonesia […]

RISSOLES



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


PAN-FRIED KIMCHI FRITTERS 1
I have soft spots for kimchi lately, or perhaps I should say ever since I was pregnant with our second baby. Perhaps it’s the sourness ? I never really craved for things like pickles, but I did yearn for kimchi and I still am 7 weeks postpartum This pan-fried kimchi […]

PAN-FRIED KIMCHI FRITTERS


HANOI CHICKEN SOUP
After more than a month of absence, it feels good to be able to get back to some routine. I finally kinda feel like myself a little bit after giving birth. It’s been exhausting since October 14, but it’s rewarding at the same time. I can’t imagine it any other […]

HANOI CHICKEN SOUP / BUN THANG



Confinement Diet / Confinement Period 8
It is a dejavu to be talking about “confinement” again. 35 months ago I had my confinement for the first time after giving birth to our daughter. If you ask me what is confinement ? I will tell you “Lots of ginger, sesame oil, Chinese herbs, Chinese wine” and also […]

I WILL NOT SEE THE WORLD FOR ONE MONTH


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


SEARED SCALLOP WITH CREAMY RED CURRY SAUCE / CHOO CHEE CURRY 1
I’m a big fan of scallops, jumbo scallops to be specific. When dealing with jumbo scallops, I love searing them. It is so easy to overcook seafood and scallops are no exception. When you sear them right, it brings out the sweetness of the scallops, slightly crispy on the outside […]

SEARED SCALLOP WITH CREAMY RED CURRY SAUCE / CHOO CHEE ...



KOREAN-STYLE SPICY NOODLE SOUP / JAMPONG
Jampong is one of my favorite Korean noodle soup. Perfect for the cooler weather and if it’s not obvious enough, anything that involves seafood, has a higher chance of getting my vote Jampong is pretty easy and quick to prepare and can’t be more satisfying. If udon is not your […]

KOREAN-STYLE SPICY NOODLE SOUP / JAMPONG


SOTO BANJAR / SOUTH BORNEO CHICKEN SOUP
Soto is a popular Indonesian-style chicken soup. Can be easily found as street food or in the restaurants pretty much anywhere you go in Indonesia. Of course with that said, the varieties of soto are also countless. I’ve made soto ayam before and this version was what I grew up […]

SOTO BANJAR / SOUTH BORNEO CHICKEN SOUP