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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


RICE WITH CRABS / ARROZ CON JUEYES
Arroz con Jueyes or known as rice with crabs is one of the one-pot dish that our family really enjoy. This classic Puerto Rican rice dish is rich orange-red in color thanks to the achiote seeds or also known as annato seeds. Achiote seeds are widely used in Filipinos, Spanish, […]

RICE WITH CRABS / ARROZ CON JUEYES


ANTS CLIMBING A TREE / MA YI SHANG SHU
Chinese sure does like to name their dishes in a unique way. Most of the time it’s a “literal” translation of what it visually looks like. This ants climbing a tree dish is one of the example. Fret not, there is no ants involved. This classic Szechuan dish is named […]

ANTS CLIMBING A TREE / MA YI SHANG SHU



BEEF STIR-FRY IN SA-TSA BBQ SAUCE
This delicious beef stir-fry in sa-tsa bbq sauce was something I learned how to make back in college eons ago. My Taiwanese friend actually introduced the sa-tsa bbq sauce (or what she called Taiwanese bbq sauce) to me. Honestly, I didn’t like it as much initially. But, the more I […]

BEEF STIR-FRY IN SA-TSA BBQ SAUCE


SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS POTATO CURRY
If you never make a curry dishes before, the thought of whipping one up from your own can be a little intimidating, especially when it comes to the spices used in the curry. There are probably over hundreds different varieties of curries around the world. The kinda spices used in […]

SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS POTATO CURRY


NEPALI CHICKEN CHOW CHOW
I have never had chicken chow chow before and so when I saw it on the Nepali cookbook, I decided I need to try it out and I’m glad I did. I made this because it involves noodle and it was my husband’s birthday that day and noodle must be […]

NEPALI CHICKEN CHOW CHOW



MUTTON SOUP / SUP KAMBING
Mention mutton soup or known as sup kambing at the town where I grew up, you can see some horrors in my parents’ face. Not because they taste horrible. In fact, this is one very delicious soup. My parents and many older generations believe that when you consume mutton soup, […]

MUTTON SOUP / SUP KAMBING


CREAMY POTATO GRATIN
From what I understand is that Gratin is originated in French Cuisine. Gratin usually represented with browned crust on top of the dish. What I’m sharing here is creamy potato gratin from Nigella Lawson’s cookbook: Nigella Bites. You will find that the recipe is definitely not the orthodox way of […]

CREAMY POTATO GRATIN


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



FRIED NORI ROLLS
Seaweed is very commonly used in East Asia’s cooking. Nori is the Japanese term for edible seaweed .You will mostly see it being used as a wrap (like in sushi roll) and also as snack. My daughter loves roasted nori seaweed. I actually have to hide the seaweed from her […]

FRIED NORI ROLLS


OX TAIL IN WINE SAUCE
I can’t remember when I started to enjoy eating ox tail. I never grew up eating one and it was never in the menu when my mom cooked. There are famous Indonesian dish that featured ox tail, and it is Javanese ox tail soup or known as sop buntut (my […]

OX TAIL IN WINE SAUCE


SOUR FISH SOUP WITH NOODLES / ASAM LAKSA
Asam laksa is a sour fish-based soup. Asam is the Malay word for tamarind, which is commonly used to give the stock its sour flavor. Asam Gelugur (dried Tamarind Peel) is also added for extra tartness. The main ingredients for asam laksa include shredded mackerel fish, finely sliced vegetables including […]

SOUR FISH SOUP WITH NOODLES / ASAM LAKSA



ASIAN MUSTARD GREENS RICE / KUA CHAI PUI
Asian mustard greens rice or known as kua chai pui, is quite a popular rice dish at my hometown, Medan in Indonesia. My mom made kua chai pui quite often. What I love about this dish is the Asian Mustard Green itself. It’s the stalk of the Mustard Green that […]

ASIAN MUSTARD GREENS RICE / KUA CHAI PUI


HOKKIAN-STYLE NOODLE 3
Hokkien originated in the Southern regions of Fujian province, an important centre for trade and migration, and has since been spread beyond China, being one of the most common Chinese languages overseas. Hokkian is one of the dialects spoken in Taiwan and many overseas Chinese throughout Southeast Asia. In Hokkian […]

HOKKIAN-STYLE NOODLE


BEEF STEW WITH WHITE RADISH
I have a thing for white radish (also known as daikon or Asian radish). I love to use it to cook soup and stew. I know the Japanese loves to use it as part of presentation in the dishes and guess what, I eat those shredded white radish that sit […]

BEEF STEW WITH WHITE RADISH



CHINESE EGG DUMPLINGS / DAN JIAO
I first learned about the Chinese egg dumplings or known as dan jiao, from Taiwanese friends. The egg dumplings are commonly seen when they serve hot pot or during Chinese New Year. The origin of this dish though, was said to be from Peking. The skin of the dumplings are […]

CHINESE EGG DUMPLINGS / DAN JIAO


CHEE CHEONG FUN / STEAMED RICE ROLLS 10
Chee Cheong Fun is one of my favorite Dim Sum items to order. I never ever have Dim Sum without Chee Cheong Fun. Dim sum is the Cantonese term for a type of Chinese dish that involves small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or […]

CHEE CHEONG FUN / STEAMED RICE ROLLS


APPLE AND PORK RIBS SOUP 2
My dad was a traditional man who liked traditional Chinese meal like rice with dishes like meat, fish, and a soup. A soup was always in a meal. Honestly, soup is not something comforting only to my dad, but many Asians as well. I find it comforting too. Whipping up […]

APPLE AND PORK RIBS SOUP



KHAU YUK / TWICE-COOKED PORK BELLY
This is another sinful affair that I had when I was home. Mom whipped up this wonderful twice-cooked pork belly or in one of the chinese dialects, called Khau Yuk. The meat is deep-fried and then double-boiled to fork tender. We will have this every year for Chinese new year […]

KHAU YUK / TWICE-COOKED PORK BELLY


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