SEAFOOD


CRAB AND SHRIMP NOODLE SOUP/ BANH CANH CUA
Whenever I travel to other places, looking for different and exotic food is always on top of my list. I enjoy sightseeing too, but food always comes first ha!! The existence of this blog has given me many opportunities to try so many different global cuisines. Though, I hate to […]

CRAB AND SHRIMP NOODLE SOUP/ BANH CANH CUA


SPICY STIR-FRIED QUINOA WITH LOBSTER TAILS
Quinoa has been part of our diets for few years now. I started out just eating it plain as I would rice accompanied by other entrees and side dishes. But over the years, as food is getting more “exotic” (in a good way), the possibilities of cooking quinoa with other […]

SPICY STIR-FRIED QUINOA WITH LOBSTER TAILS


tauco udang
You may think that the combination of bean sauce (or sometime calls Preserved beans/Fermented beans) or tauco (in Indonesian) and shrimps sounds a bit absurd, however, this is another one of my favorite Indonesian dishes. We call it tauco udang in Indonesian and it is one of my mom’s signature dishes. It […]

SHRIMPS WITH BEAN SAUCE AND TEMPEH



SZECHUAN WATER-BOILED FISH
I didn’t have much exposure to Szechuan food when I lived in Asia. Probably because Szechuan cuisine wasn’t as popular back then, but it sure has gained lots of popularity in recent years. Since I moved to Minnesota, I’ve love love..Szechuan dishes (hint: hot spicy food). But of course, not […]

SZECHUAN WATER-BOILED FISH


LINGUINE FRUTTI DI MARE
My first Italian meal when I first set feet on Minnesota was linguine frutti di mare or known as seafood pasta at Buca di Beppo and I can tell you it has been my all-time favorite ever since. Every time we go to Buca, that’s pretty much what we order […]

LINGUINE FRUTTI DI MARE


SALT AND PEPPER SHRIMP
This salt and pepper shrimp is one of my absolute favorite shrimp recipes. The salt and pepper combination is highly addicting (to me) and if you add a bit of jalapeno peppers, OMG, So..so..good. Not burning spicy, but enough to give you that heat sensation. In fact, this salt and […]

SALT AND PEPPER SHRIMP



SHRIMPS WITH SRIRACHA SAUCE
I never knew about this sriracha chili sauce until I came to the U.S. for a college eons ago. I was introduced to the delicious Vietnamese Pho Noodles and they usually serve the noodle with sriracha chili sauce and hoisin sauce on the side. I got hooked immediately. I never […]

SHRIMPS WITH SRIRACHA SAUCE


BROILED LOBSTER TAILS
There is always first time to everything. Last weekend was my first time cooking lobster tails at home (certainly less intimidating than having to handle the whole crustacean). Both my husband and are seafood lovers. The original plan was to get some fresh jumbo scallops and then seared them, but […]

BROILED LOBSTER TAILS


CRAB CAKES WITH CREAMY RANCH
Nothing screams my name louder than a thick scrumptious crab cakes. Seriously. It’s written all over my face that I love this thing. When I saw one on the menu, I always ordered one. It only makes sense if at least I tried to make crab cakes once in my […]

CRAB CAKES WITH CREAMY RANCH



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


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


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



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


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 ...


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



ROASTED SEAFOOD
This roasted seafood dish can’t be more beautiful and appetizing. We love seafood in this house and to be throwing lots of things into the roasting pan and ended up with a complete meal makes thing even more beautiful don’t you think ? I mentioned it before over and over, […]

ROASTED SEAFOOD


OTAK OTAK / GRILLED FISH CAKE IN BANANA LEAVES
Otak otak was my favorite snacks from childhood. I remember how I always chose otak otak at the bakery shop when my dad asked what we wanted. My dad was a huge bread person. He loved bread, cakes, and pretty much anything sweet, which often explained our frequent visits to […]

OTAK OTAK / GRILLED FISH CAKE IN BANANA LEAVES


BUTTER OATS PRAWNS / 麥片蝦 2
Okay…I know what you are thinking. Oatmeal is for breakfast. You can probably see the combination of oatmeal and butter, but oatmeal and prawns ? Perhaps they sound anything but appealing to you if you are not familiar with this dish. Butter oats prawn or known as (mai phien xia) […]

BUTTER OATS PRAWNS / 麥片蝦



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


CRAB CURRY
I’m one of those people who like to eat crab meat but absolutely hate to pick the meat out of the shells! I know…lazy bum! So, if you are on the same boat with me, then this crab curry recipe might just be the one for you It is absolutely […]

CRAB CURRY


SWEET AND SPICY LEMONGRASS SHRIMP
Yes, I’m still cooking with lemongrass. This is to show you how versatile lemongrass is. I absolutely love this sweet and spicy lemongrass shrimp. The thought of actually eating the lemongrass stalk itself was kinda scary to me at first. But after you minced it up, it’s really nice. The […]

SWEET AND SPICY LEMONGRASS SHRIMP



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


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



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


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


FISHERMAN'S SHRIMP WITH CHIVES/ 漁 家 炒 蝦 球
When I’m looking for an easy and tasty recipe, I somehow always resort to stir-fry type of dish. Stir-frying is not only a type of cooking method done on vegetables. In Asian cooking, stir-frying can be done on meat, seafood, rice, noodles, pretty much anything if you ask me. You […]

STIR-FRIED SHRIMP WITH CHIVES



PAN-FRIED FISH WITH SAMBAL / SAMBAL IKAN
Fried fish with sambal or known as sambal ikan is a popular home-style dish in Indonesia. My mom used to make this quite often and I could just eat the sambal and plain steamed rice without anything else. Sambal in Indonesia means a paste made of red chili to accompany […]

PAN-FRIED FISH WITH SAMBAL / SAMBAL IKAN


SHRIMP STIR-FRY WITH PEPPERS AND SWEET PEAS
Shrimp stir-fry with peppers and sweet peas is absolutely a perfect dish to prepare on a busy day. It’s a no-brainer to whip up and not to mention tasty and healthy at the same time. I love preparing dish like this. It looks colorful and sort of “fancy”, however, it’s […]

SHRIMP STIR-FRY WITH PEPPERS AND SWEET PEAS


SEAFOOD FRICASSEE
The second recipe I tried after a success of making sous vide chicken by Korean celebrity chef Edward Kwon, was this seafood fricassee. Fricassee is a French term for stew. The popular fricassee is usually made with chicken, however, it’s not limited to just that. The meat and the sauce […]

SEAFOOD FRICASSEE



seafood
Thai steamed fish cake or known as ha mok pla in Thai language is another one of my favorite Thai food. The fish fillet is finely chopped and seasoned with Thai red curry paste and herbs like basil and kaffir lime leaves and then steamed in a cup made of […]

THAI STEAMED FISH CAKE/ HA MOK PLA


SZECHUAN PIAO XIANG CHILI FISH FILLET 2
I learned about this Szechuan piao xiang chili fish fillet from the Grand Szechuan restaurant. Ever since we were introduced to the piao xiang chili fish fillet, it has become our favorite ever since and still is. For the longest time, I’m trying to make this at home but it […]

SZECHUAN PIAO XIANG CHILI FISH FILLET


SWEET MAYONNAISE PRAWNS 4
This sweet mayonnaise prawns are absolutely our family’s favorite. Traditionally served as one of the Chinese cold-plate appetizers in special occasion like wedding banquet, parties, etc, this sweet mayonnaise prawns are popular in Asia. The prawns are coated with batter and then deep-fried. That one isn’t all that special. Once […]

SWEET MAYONNAISE PRAWNS



CAJUN GRILLED FISH 1
Cajun is an ethic group who mainly lives in Louisiana. Their existence have indeed influence the culture there in Louisiana and that includes the cuisine. The cooking tends to use more seasonings and tastes spicier too. This cajun grilled fish is so easy to prepare and the rub can’t be […]

CAJUN GRILLED FISH


CRISPY FISH AND CORN SALSA
As I continued my journey with Jamie’s America cookbook to the South part of U.S., I found more comfort food and some are more sinful. “Deep fried”. The thing about this crispy fish and corn salsa though, even though it is deep-fried, I’m surprised by how non-greasy it can be. […]

CRISPY FISH AND CORN SALSA


FIERY SHRIMP COCKTAIL
First of all, don’t let the word “fiery” scares you away because it’s always up to you how “fiery” you want this cocktail to be. I can’t say enough good things of this fiery shrimp cocktail recipe I made the other day. I’ve never really a big “fan” of shrimp […]

FIERY SHRIMP COCKTAIL



SURF AND TURF GUMBO
Gumbo is one of my all-time favorite dishes. Dishing out something from a pot of gumbo is always exciting because it doesn’t matter which angle you go, you will always get something good Gumbo is sort of a stew that was originated in Louisiana with some French influence in it. […]

SURF AND TURF GUMBO


BLACK PEPPER CRAB
I think I really got into this crab-eating thing after living in Singapore for a short while. Singaporeans are proud of their chili crabs and black pepper crabs. When I went to seminars few years ago here in the U.S, the guy shared with us that he loved the chili […]

BLACK PEPPER CRAB


FRIED OYSTER OMELETTE
This fried oyster omelette was another variety I tried after making Easy oyster omellete. The easy oyster omelette was made with just eggs, oysters and seasonings. This fried oyster omellete’s recipe actually incorporate batter that is made of tapioca flour, all-purpose flour and rice flour that kinda bind everything together […]

FRIED OYSTER OMELETTE



EASY OYSTER OMELETTE
Oyster omelette is popular street food in Asia. We call it “oh jien” in Hokkian language. The fresh oyster is usually cooked with beaten eggs, like how you would normally make an omelette. Now, I made two different kind of oyster omelettes. I call it “easy” because it’s really easy […]

EASY OYSTER OMELETTE


HAKKA RED VINASSE PRAWN
This is another one of the recipe that uses the red yeast rice/red fermented rice/ red vinasse (many ways to call it but they all means the same). The usage of red yeast rice is commonly seen in the Hakka community. So, as soon as my hubby saw the photo […]

HAKKA RED PRAWN


MOROCCAN-STYLE HOT FISH
I am so glad that I gave Moroccan-style hot fish a try. It was so..so..good. If you like hot spicy food, you will absolutely love it. I had a favorite fish dish at our favorite Szechuan restaurant here and when I made this Moroccan-style hot fish, it just reminded me […]

MOROCCAN-STYLE HOT FISH



HONG KONG STYLE STEAMED FISH
Chinese food enthusiasts who visit Chinese restaurants would often order steamed live fish to assess the culinary standards of the restaurant. It is common for Chinese restaurants to display their live fish in water tanks for the patrons to select. The fresh fish will then be killed and cooked on […]

HONG KONG STYLE STEAMED FISH


BRAISED FISH WITH PRESERVED VEGETABLES
It is a tradition in our family that we have a whole-fish dish during new year. Why fish ? The Chinese have this saying “Nian Nian You Yu (年年有余)”. Nian nian means year by year, you means have, yu means abundance/prosperity. The word fish 魚 in Chinese has the same […]

BRAISED FISH WITH PRESERVED VEGETABLES


TUNA TATAKI SALAD
I think tuna tataki was pretty much how far I would go in terms of preparing 98% raw fish. It always makes me a bit nervous, preparing a raw fish at home. Tataki is Japanese method of cooking tuna and beef that involves searing the outside, leaving the inside rare. […]

TUNA TATAKI SALAD