BY MAIN INGREDIENT


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


VIBRANT CARROT SALAD
I’m not a big fan of eating raw carrots. This probably had been the case ever since I was young. The habit of eating raw vegetable was simply not there in our family tradition. I’m always amazed by toddlers who are munching raw baby carrots so deliciously! (good for them). […]

VIBRANT CARROT SALAD



GROUND BEEF STEW WITH POTATOES
Yes, I’ve been making quite a bit of stew and soup dishes lately. But can you blame me ? I have subzero temperature to deal with for the past two months (not sure if it will get better or worse!) and when it is that brutally cold out there, stew […]

GROUND BEEF STEW WITH POTATOES


GRAPEFRUIT SALAD
If you think dressing the grapefruit with some fish sauce, dried shrimps, and shallots are going to taste like SUPER WEIRD!! well, I can tell you, it’s not! I’m not lying! I have to admit that I have been putting fish sauce, dried shrimps, shallots, and peanuts sometimes on salad […]

GRAPEFRUIT SALAD


EASY SLOW-COOKED CHICKEN
I know most people get tired of eating chicken because that’s most common meat people have for meals. Fried chicken, baked chicken, grill chicken, chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, chicken rotisserie, chicken soup, chicken stew, geez…what else ? As much as my daughter enjoys eating pork, I can’t tell her that […]

EASY SLOW-COOKED CHICKEN



CHICKEN SALAD
If you google “chicken salad” you will get an overwhelming response of how many chicken salad recipes there are out there. As usual, I prepared this chicken salad with some Asian “touch” Simple enough but the use of the the herb like Vietnamese Coriander/rau ram and other seasonings really bring […]

CHICKEN SALAD


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 SALAD WITH ENGLISH CUCUMBER
Actually this was the first time I ever had English cucumber and I love it. English cucumber somehow taste “milder” compare to the regular cucumber. To be using English cucumber in the shrimp salad is simply delicious. Since the shrimp is the star of the dish, make sure you use […]

SHRIMP SALAD WITH ENGLISH CUCUMBER



AROMATIC CHOPPED BEEF
This aromatic chopped beef is my husband’s super favorite beef dish. I actually didn’t know that he would like it that much at the beginning. I think what really perk up this dish, besides the tender beef, is the highly aromatic Vietnamese coriander/ rau ram used in this dish. It […]

AROMATIC CHOPPED BEEF


EGGPLANT SALAD
Eggplant is so underused in our kitchen. It’s not because I don’t like them, but most of the time, I’m not sure what to do with them. I have posted several recipes with eggplants before and they were wonderful. So, I decided to dress the eggplant almost in the same […]

EGGPLANT SALAD


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



GREEN BEAN SALAD WITH PEANUTS
This green bean salad can’t be easier to make. The seasonings and toppings I used here are very similar to the Tomato and Spinach Salad I made in my last post. The key is not to overcook the beans. So you still have that crunch. Top it with this toppings […]

GREEN BEAN SALAD WITH PEANUTS


INDONESIAN FRIED SHALLOTS CRISP / BAWANG GORENG 6
Shallots are important ingredients in Southeast Asia kitchen. They are called for in almost majority of Indonesian recipes if I can put it that way. They are used for stir-fry, stew, deep-fried as toppings, and also eaten raw too. It’s one of my favorite ingredient to cook with as well. […]

INDONESIAN FRIED SHALLOTS CRISP / BAWANG GORENG (UPDATED)


MEXICAN WEDDING COOKIE 2
Recently my 2-year old daughter has also learned about the simple pleasure of having cookies (yes, blame the mama!). It’s a once-in-a-while treat for her. I’d rather be the one who introduce her to cookies then other people do and she’ll go crazy and binge on cookies. I had this […]

MEXICAN WEDDING COOKIES



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


CHICKEN AND POTATO STEW
This chicken and potato stew is one of my favorite dishes to fix. Pretty simple and amazingly flavorful. A little chopping involved, but really, you won’t be spending too much time in the kitchen. My goal lately is to create dishes that’s easily made and fusing different flavors to make […]

CHICKEN AND POTATO STEW


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


WHITE BEAN CHILI
I’m not usually a “chili” eater. Before I even continues, let me clarify that the chili I refer to over here is the American-style chili usually made of bean and some ground meat and some peppers like jalapeno. Not “hot” spicy, but usually spices like cumin, oregano, coriander seeds, etc […]

WHITE BEAN CHILI


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



BRAISED MEATBALLS
Braising is also one of my favorite cooking methods besides steaming and stir-frying. Braising is also pretty common in the Chinese kitchen, especially when it comes to meat and vegetable dishes. Like in typical braising, these meatballs are browned by pan-fried and then braising sauce is poured in to let […]

BRAISED MEATBALLS


DUCK NOODLE SOUP
The past few days had been really cold. Not so much snow out there, it’s just pure cold. ICE! It always freaks me out seeing the shiny sheen on the pavement or streets. Well, you get the idea. I’m not so much of a winter person but again, there’s nothing […]

DUCK NOODLE SOUP


SWEET POTATOES STUFFED CHICKEN WINGS
Sounds weird doesn’t it ? But these sweet potatoes stuffed chicken wings will leave you licking your fingers non-stop. The slightly spicy and tangy chicken wings with some sweetness from the sweet potatoes certainly do not disappoint. I bake the wings instead of deep-frying them. The chicken pieces are then […]

SWEET POTATOES STUFFED CHICKEN WINGS



INDONESIAN RED CURRY CHICKEN/ KARI AYAM
Indonesian red curry or known as kari ayam is one of my very favorite curry dishes. Unlike rendang (thick curry), Indonesian red curry is “soupy” and often prepared to serve with noodles or rice. Some people prepare red curry with beef, which is equally delicious. The red luscious color of […]

INDONESIAN RED CURRY CHICKEN/ KARI AYAM


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



BANDREK / INDONESIAN WARM SPICED DRINK 2
Bandrek (pronounced as BUN DRAG) brings sweet memory of my dad to me. My dad was the one who introduced me to this drink calls bandrek. I used to go for a jogging with my dad on weekend morning when I was probably around 10 or so. Super early as […]

BANDREK / INDONESIAN WARM SPICED DRINK


BASIL OMELETTE
Basil omelette is one of my favorite omelettes. I’ve always love eggs to begin with and often finding ways to utilize this cheap and amazing protein source into our meals. Using basil to make omelette is simply delicious (well, if you enjoy basil that is). I love basil and this […]

BASIL OMELETTE


GOLDEN SAND CHICKEN
Golden sand is quite a title for a dish, isn’t it ? I must tell you first though, there is no sand involved in the process, so don’t worry, I haven’t gone crazy! We’re still staying within edible ingredients. The term golden sand is often used in restaurant menu to […]

GOLDEN SAND CHICKEN



CHICKEN AND POTATO LAYERS
Some people find chicken is boring. Well, maybe I’m one of those people to be honest. Not that I don’t like chicken, I do actually. We never order chicken dishes when we dine out however. Maybe it’s the mentality of “I can prepare chicken at home” that makes me think […]

CHICKEN AND POTATO LAYERS


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


GINGERBREAD TREES WITH LEMON ICING
I’m a big fan of ginger and gingerbread cookies are always one of my favorite cookies during this holiday time. Something about ginger that makes you think of “warmth” right ? Bite into these little goodies, not only you’ll find them delicious, that lemon icing is such a bonus. I […]

GINGERBREAD TREES WITH LEMON ICING



SNOW-COVERED CHOCOLATE COOKIES
The inspiration to make these cookies came from Martha Stewart’s website. There was espresso in the original recipe and I didn’t use that in mine. I like how the cookies are rolled in confectioners sugar before baking and when you bake them, they crack open making them look like a […]

SNOW-COVERED CHOCOLATE COOKIES


DOUBLE-FROSTED CHOCOLATE SANDWICH COOKIES
The holiday spirit always gets me into making something sweet. This double-frosted chocolate sandwich cookies are perfect for holiday season. They are perfect as gifts for your family, friends, neighbors, etc. I mean.. who doesn’t love chocolate (my mom doesn’t, but the rest of us do, don’t we?). It looks […]

DOUBLE-FROSTED CHOCOLATE SANDWICH COOKIES


SHRIMP PASTE FRIED CHICKEN
There are two people on this earth I would like to blame for my recent addiction to shrimp paste fried chicken or they call it prawn paste fried chicken in Singapore. They are my sister and brother in law ! (I would like to thank them at the same time […]

SHRIMP PASTE FRIED CHICKEN



CREAMY CORN CASSEROLE
I made this creamy corn casserole for a Thanksgiving get-together with friends and it was quite a big hit! I personally adore corn, especially the sweet corn here in North America. They are incredibly sweet. Love it! The creamy corn casserole is so easy to whip up too and simply […]

CREAMY CORN CASSEROLE


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



RICE NOODLE WITH PEANUT SAUCE/ SATAY BEE HOON
Rice noodle with peanut sauce or commonly known as satay bee hoon is one of a popular hawker/street food I learned about when I lived in Singapore. The rice noodles or known as bee hoon (in Hokkian dialect) is served with a delicious peanut sauce, similar to the one of […]

RICE NOODLE WITH PEANUT SAUCE / SATAY BEE HOON


CRISPY KALE CHIPS
Kale is one of my daughter’s favorite green vegetable to eat. I had always stir-fry it with some garlic and soy sauce, sometimes oyster sauce and she’ll polish it clean. The past few years, I’ve been hearing about this baked kale chips and even seen it being sold as chips […]

CRISPY KALE CHIPS


RICE AND BEEF POCKETS
I always love the idea of wrapped food that is steamed, or fried or baked. It’s like discovering something amazing within. This rice and beef pockets are ones of example how rice and beef wrapped in phyllo pastry can be absolutely delicious. When you bite into the crunchy phyllo pastry, […]

RICE AND BEEF POCKETS



SHRIMP BHUNA
This shrimp bhuna is one of my favorite seafood dishes. The sourness, the hot spicyness and flavorful spice makes this simple dish elegantly sophisticated in taste. The spices used to cook this dish doesn’t take over the dish. The shrimps are still the star of the dish and hence, it’s […]

SHRIMP BHUNA


BEEF WITH ARTICHOKE HEARTS
After preparing chicken with artichokes a while ago, I no longer put artichoke on my “not-to-eat list” 😀 (durian still on the list and I’m pretty sure will be there for as long as I live). The beef with artichoke hearts is another absolutely delicious and hearty dish I prepared […]

BEEF WITH ARTICHOKE HEARTS


STIR-FRY CHICKEN WITH GINGER 1
This stir-fry chicken with ginger was created with few things mind; color, flavor and ease of preparation. I do realize that not everyone like to spend much time at the kitchen preparing dishes. Some days you will find me wanting to make everything from scratch, challenging myself. But there are […]

STIR-FRY CHICKEN WITH GINGER