BY MAIN INGREDIENT


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


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



BEEF AND PORK KNUCKLE NOODLE SOUP / BUN BO GIO HEO
When we talk about Oriental food, noodles are often part of the talk. Soupy, stir-fried, or deep-fried, noodles are favorites among Asians. I, personally is a noodle head (my daughter follow suit). I can eat noodles for every meal and every day without ever getting bored. Thinking about it, my […]

BEEF AND PORK KNUCKLE NOODLE SOUP / BUN BO GIO ...


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