RICE / GRAINS


Turmeric rice / Nasi Kuning
Turmeric rice is a popular rice dish in Southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia we call it Nasi Kuning. The rich golden yellow color is perfect to celebrate special occasion such as birthday, wedding, baby shower, etc. The turmeric rice is usually stuffed into a cone-shape mould. So, it’s not unusual […]

Turmeric rice / Nasi Kuning


ROASTED CHICKPEAS FRIED RICE 4
Chickpeas or known as garbanzo beans is one of my favorite beans. I’ve never had chickpeas before until I came to the U.S. almost 1.5 decades ago and I was hooked ever since. I like it on salad, curry dishes, and of course roasted. Not too long ago, a Burmese […]

ROASTED CHICKPEAS FRIED RICE


KIMCHI FRIED RICE/GIMCHI BOKKEUM BAP
When I said that you could put anything you want in your fried rice, this is another example, kimchi fried rice. I often have kimchi in the fridge. And we almost always have left over rice in our house. Sometimes, I intentionally cook more so that I can resort to fried […]

KIMCHI FRIED RICE/GIMCHI BOKKEUM BAP



INDONESIAN-STYLE FRIED RICE/ NASI GORENG INDONESIA
Most Asians will agree with me that fried rice is pretty much the lazy fix and also a comfort food. You pretty much put what you like in your fried rice. The one I often made was more of the fusion between Chinese and Indonesian. This time around I made […]

INDONESIAN-STYLE FRIED RICE/ NASI GORENG INDONESIA


SPICY RICE, BEANS, AND AVOCADO WRAP
This recipe came up after scanning through the refrigerator and pantry one afternoon. I wanted something quick, healthy, spicy and delicious (not too much to ask I suppose 😉 ). I wasn’t in the mood for cooking that day (believe it or not!). Saw some leftover brown rice and immediately […]

SPICY RICE, BEANS, AND AVOCADO WRAP


thai rice soup khao tom
Rice soup or khao tom in Thai language is a very common Thai dish for breakfast or late night snack. This also holds true in other Southeast Asia countries and East Asia for porridge/congee. I remember back in college time when I was in Jakarta, Indonesia for a very short while, […]

THAI RICE SOUP/ KHAO TOM



STIR-FRIED QUINOA 6
I like making stir-fry. They are usually easy and it is a great way to used up leftovers of veggies or meats, seafood, here and there. Stir-fried quinoa can’t be healthier and satisfying. The idea is like making a fried rice, but instead of using white or brown rice, I […]

STIR-FRIED QUINOA


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


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


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


NASI LEMAK/COCONUT MILK RICE
Nasi lemak or coconut milk rice is a popular breakfast food in Indonesia and I believe also at its neighboring countries like Malaysia and Singapore. Nasi means rice in Indonesian language, and lemak means fat (the fat from the coconut milk). The rice is cooked with coconut milk, and flavored […]

NASI LEMAK/COCONUT MILK RICE



KIBBEH BALLS
The kibbeh balls are one of the well-known dish from the Middle East. The shell/skin of the kibbeh is made of mixture of bulgur, onion, and beef, lamb or goat meat. The filling also contains some meat with fried pine nuts. It is usually shaped like a torpedo, but some […]

KIBBEH BALLS


ASIAN-STYLE RISOTTO
It took me few rounds of eating risotto before I can say “I kinda like risotto”. The first time I cooked it, it didn’t turn out too good. The texture was off and I thought gosh…risotto can’t be that bad. Well, I didn’t get it right. Then few more rounds […]

ASIAN-STYLE RISOTTO


CLAYPOT CHICKEN RICE 9
Claypot chicken rice is usually a dinner dish in the southern regions of China, Singapore and Malaysia. It is typically served with Chinese sausage and vegetables. More often than not, the rice is cooked in the claypot first and cooked ingredients like diced chicken and Chinese sausage are added in […]

CLAYPOT CHICKEN RICE



CHECK RICE
Check rice is a Liberian specialty that is often served in special occasion to accompany other dishes. The rice is usually prepared with greens called jute leaf. Jute leaf is an edible leaf from certain types of jute plants and often used to thicken soups, stews and sauces. Jute leaf […]

CHECK RICE


JOLLOF RICE WITH CHICKEN, BEEF AND HAM
Jollof rice is a popular dish in many parts of West Africa. The word jollof means “one pot”. It is thought to have originated in Senegal but has since spread to the whole of West Africa, especially Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia. There are many varieties of Jollof rice, however the […]

JOLLOF RICE WITH CHICKEN, BEEF AND HAM


INDONESIAN STEAMED RICE WITH CHICKEN / NASI TIM AYAM
This Indonesian-style steamed rice with chicken is another one of our family’s recipe and my all-time favorite that I’d love to share with you. Known as nasi tim ayam at my home town, this famous dish is favorite among the local and commonly sold at the Chinese eatery places in […]

INDONESIAN STEAMED RICE WITH CHICKEN / NASI TIM AYAM



YANG ZHOU FRIED RICE / 揚 洲 炒 飯
Oh geez..another fried rice ha ha! I just have to post this Yang Zhou fried rice because it was something that I learned about when I was still in middle school. Yang Zhou fried rice or often called Yang Zhou chao fan is said to be originated in China…dated all […]

YANG ZHOU FRIED RICE / 揚 洲 炒 飯


RICE CONES/ ZONG ZI (USING JASMINE RICE)
After making glutinous rice cones or zong zi, I decided to make more using jasmine rice instead of glutinous rice. They are equally delicious for people who do not like to consume glutinous rice. The Chinese believe that glutinous rice is more “heaty” compare to jasmine rice. So older people […]

RICE CONES/ ZONG ZI/ BAK CHANG (USING JASMINE RICE)


GLUTINOUS RICE CONES / ZONG ZI
I’ve never imagined making glutinous rice cones or known as zong zi in Chinese or bak cang in Hokkian dialect, on my own. I mean this was something I took for granted. Either my mom would make them or my aunt would make some or my dad would buy some. […]

GLUTINOUS RICE CONES / ZONG ZI / BAK CANG



RICH GRITS
You are probably thinking how rich in taste this grits must be when you read the title. Well, it is super wonderful in taste for sure, however the word rich actually refers to the cost of adding shrimp to the grits during a recession. If you ever wonder what grits […]

RICH GRITS


HAKKA GROUND TEA RICE 2
I couldn’t be anymore excited to see Hakka ground tea rice (Lei Cha Fan) recipe in Relishing A Taste of Home cookbook by Pang Nyuk Yoon. I have always love..love..love this dish! okay..enough of the love! This is my comfort food. I never had this dish growing up. My first […]

HAKKA GROUND TEA RICE


NASI KEBULI/ BIRYANI RICE WITH FRIED CHICKEN
Nasi kebuli is Indonesian style rice cooked in broth along with spices and often served with meat or chicken. The dish is said to have the influenced from Middle Eastern cooking and Indian’s biryani. Nasi kebuli is particularly popular among the Arab community in Indonesia and Betawi people who lives […]

NASI KEBULI/ BIRYANI RICE WITH FRIED CHICKEN



SHRIMP AND CHICKEN ANKAKE DONBURI
This shrimp and chicken ankake donburi was one of my most favorite dishes prepared this week from Everyday Harumi cookbook by Harumi Kurihara. You know me, I am always bought into the idea of “something” served on top of rice, which is what the word donburi means, on rice. Quoting […]

SHRIMP AND CHICKEN ANKAKE DONBURI


GREEN PEA RICE
This green pea rice recipe is a great way to season your rice. Traditionally as shared by Harumi Kurihara in her Everyday Harumi cookbook, this rice is prepared with dashi stock, however, she made some modification by replacing the dashi stock with a mixture of sake, water and salt. As […]

GREEN PEA RICE


CAVIAR FRIED RICE
I know..I know…! Somebody was trying to get creative. Apparently after watching the Iron Chef show few weeks ago, I got inspired lol! If you catch Iron Chef show at Food Network, you know that it involves secret ingredient. The secret ingredient was caviar (how lucky were those people!). They […]

CAVIAR FRIED RICE



TSAMPA
Barley is all over Tibetan-inhabited landscapes and it has became the staple in Tibet instead of rice. Barley can survive the short growing season, cold winters, and relatively dry summers of Tibet. According to the Beyond The Great Wall cookbook, They weren’t sure when tsampa was first made, but tsampa […]

TSAMPA


BEEF AND PICKLED VEGETABLE RICE IN A CLAY POT
I have always wanted to make beef and pickled vegetable patty cooked in a clay pot for the longest time. This is a classic dish from Hong Kong. I have a thing with clay pot cooking. Not only clay pot is a wonderful vessel to cook in for this dish, […]

BEEF AND PICKLED VEGETABLE RICE IN A CLAY POT


MIXED RICE BOWL/BIBIMBAP
Okay, so after you made Boolgogi/Bulgogi, you gotta make bibimbap If you don’t know already, this is another signature Korean dish. Bibimbap literally means mixed rice bowl. Lots of vegetables in the dish and choice of meat, usually will be bulgogi, topped with fried egg and seasoned chili paste. I […]

MIXED RICE BOWL/BIBIMBAP



RENDANG FRIED RICE/NASI GORENG RENDANG 2
My mom shared with me the other day that there is this new popular fried rice emerges at my hometown, Medan in Indonesia. So, I was like “what else can be new?” I mean..you can pretty much throw anything you like to eat in your fried rice. She said “It’s […]

RENDANG FRIED RICE/ NASI GORENG BUMBU RENDANG


CREAMY PARMESAN POLENTA
So, I have been seeing quite a bit of polenta recipe in different cookbooks, however, I hadn’t had a chance to try it. I decided to give it a try the other day while flipping through Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? cookbook. If you like cream of […]

FEED MY BABY: CREAMY PARMESAN POLENTA


Fish and Rice / Chep Bu Jen
Chep Bu Jen which literally means fish and rice is commonly served in Senegal, a country south of the Senegal River in western Africa. It is usually prepared with inexpensive fish as a humble dish and served with broken jasmine rice. The Chep Bu Jen recipe in The Soul of […]

FISH AND RICE/ CHEP BU JEN



BIRYANI RICE
Biryani, biriani, or beriani is a set of rice-based foods made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and sometimes meat, seafood, eggs or vegetables. The Biryani originated in the South Asia in the kitchens of Muslim rulers. Biryani is popular not only in South Asia but also in Arabia and within […]

BIRYANI RICE


Lo Mai Gai/ Sticky Rice
My mom made this for the 12th day celebration after giving birth to Fiorina. Most Chinese likes to consume this on a regular basis as well. Lor Mai Gai is also a common dish you see when you go for dim sum at Chinese Restaurant. Print LO MAI GAI (3-4 […]

LO MAI GAI


Cilantro and Lime rice 2
I made this rice to accompany the Thai Green Curry dish that I made and they went REALLY well together and so easy to make too. CILANTRO AND LIME RICE (2 servings) 2 C cooked Jasmine Rice (the amount depends on how much you eat per serving ) 1 handful […]

CILANTRO AND LIME RICE



PAELLA 2
Today is the day that I feel like cooking a one-pot dish. I had never made Paella before and saw this recipe from Better Homes and Garden’s cooking book. So, I thought…let’s switch gear a bit and make this Spanish-inspired dish. We like it. Not to mention how simple, colorful […]

PAELLA


RICE CAKE WITH MIXED VEGETABLES IN COCONUT MILK / LONTONG SAYUR
My mouth literally drool whenever I think of Rice Cake served with many many other dishes/Lontong Sayur. Whenever my mom makes Lontong Sayur, we both know we sure will gain at least a pound or two that week lol! It is so good that we can’t stop eating. It is […]

RICE CAKE WITH MIXED VEGETABLES IN COCONUT MILK / LONTONG ...


LONTONG / RICE CAKE 15
Lontong or loosely translated as Rice Cake is very popular in South East Asia especially Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It is made of rice wrapped and cooked in banana leaves. It is slightly greenish in color (color transferred from the banana leaves) and it goes with many dishes such as […]

LONTONG / RICE CAKE