SOUP & STEW


FOUR HERBS CHINESE SOUP
My mom made this four herbs Chinese soup for me as a in-between “snack” during Confinement time. I like this four herbs Chinese soup because it is easy to make and mild in terms of flavor from the herbs. The four herbs normally include: Fragrant Solomonseal Rhizome, Dong Quay, Goji […]

FOUR HERBS CHINESE SOUP


OXTAIL SHIO RAMEN
The mention of oxtail ramen makes me feeling a little nostalgic. It brings me back all the way to Oahu, Hawaii That’s where I had my first oxtail ramen. At Ramen Nakamura in Oahu. That little shop always has long queue. The Japanese and tourists from all over the world […]

OXTAIL SHIO RAMEN


korean gamjatang
I know it’s not winter anymore, but I can have soup or stew anytime of the year. I often stocked up on pork neck bones and make some stock from them. We often have one noodle soup dish throughout the week. So one weekend my husband was telling me about […]

KOREAN PORK BONE SOUP / GAMJATANG



home made bak kut teh
  Pork ribs tea soup or in a hokkian dialect known as bak (meat) kut (bone) teh (tea) usually is made of meaty pork ribs simmered in a broth brewed with Chinese herbs for hours. The color of the soup may be darker or lighter, depending on the herbs used. The version I made […]

HOME MADE PORK RIBS TEA SOUP / BAK KUT TEH


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


CHICKEN NACHO SOUP
I think for 35 years of my life so far, I’ve only eaten nacho like maybe….once ? ha.ha..! I’m not a big fan of nacho itself, which is pretty much tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and jalapeno peppers. Some goes to the extend of adding some sort of meat […]

CHICKEN NACHO 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


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



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


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


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



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


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


CRAB WONTON SOUP
I know lots of people think of wontons when they think of Chinese food. Of course Chinese food is beyond just wontons. But, I can’t agree more that wontons are very commonly made as part of home-style meal and the varieties of wontons are limitless too. They are not difficult […]

CRAB WONTON SOUP



FISH SOUP 11
This fish soup recipe is one of the fish recipe that my family is crazy about. Honestly, I’m crazy about this dish myself if you ask me. We love fish to begin with. My daughter love sole and swai fish fillet because they are so tender and melt in your […]

QUICK AND FLAVORFUL FISH SOUP


DOUBLE-BOILED PORK RIBS WITH BITTER MELON SOUP 2
Double boiling is a preferred cooking method when it comes to soup in the Chinese kitchen. The idea is to “gently” cook the ingredients so that they can release all the good stuff and flavor to the soup. The soup is usually cooked in “indirect” heat. It usually take a […]

DOUBLE-BOILED PORK RIBS WITH BITTER MELON SOUP


JAVANESE OXTAIL SOUP / SOP BUNTUT
Buntut in Indonesian language means Tail, hence the name just like in English…Sop Buntut. This was a popular street food that has made its way to restaurant menu. I love the tenderness of the oxtail after being cooked for such long hours and the spice-rich tasting soup. The chunky vegetables […]

JAVANESE OXTAIL SOUP / SOP BUNTUT



VERMICELLI SOUP WITH CLOUD EAR FUNGUS / KYASAN CHET
Okay, First of all, I know that title is a mouthful. Second of all… cloud ear fungus ? What in heaven’s name is that ? and am I suppose to eat that ? Cloud ear fungus is very common in Asian kitchen and it is also known by many names […]

VERMICELLI SOUP WITH CLOUD EAR FUNGUS / KYASAN CHET


PEPPE' SOUP
If you are in a mood for something spicy, then peppe’ soup might suit what you are looking for. From Nigeria to Senegal, peppe’ soup is eaten super spicy (habanero, sounds familiar ?). Peppe’ soup is also known as “partygoer’s breakfast”. The soup will definitely wake up that taste buds […]

PEPPE’ SOUP


INDONESIAN VEGETABLE TAMARIND SOUP / SAYUR ASAM
The origin of this Indonesian vegetable tamarind soup or known as sayur asam can be traced to Sundanese people of West Java, Banten and Jakarta region. This Indonesian vegetable tamarind soup, needless to say, is a favorite among many locals. Whenever we went to restaurants that serve native Indonesian cuisines, […]

INDONESIAN VEGETABLE TAMARIND SOUP / SAYUR ASAM



EGUSI WITH BEEF
Egusi seeds are melon seeds that are popular in West African cooking. Egusi seeds are used to add a nut-like texture to a dish and also to thicken the dish. The lady I bought this egusi seeds from told me that the seeds are common in Nigerian kitchen and it […]

EGUSI WITH BEEF


LEEK SOUP / PURRESUPPE
My mom likes to use leeks in cooking, not as main ingredient, but to flavor things up. When leeks are the main ingredient though, she doesn’t like it as much. I used to be that way too. In fact, it frightened me just thinking about having a full plate of […]

LEEK SOUP / PURRESUPPE


FISH AND SHRIMP SOUP WITH BASIL AND LEMON
Fish and shrimp soup with basil and lemon was one of the soups that when I had it, it put a huge smile on my face. While the root of this soup is somewhat almost like Thai’s tom yum gong, it doesn’t entirely tom yum soup at the same time. […]

FISH AND SHRIMP SOUP WITH BASIL AND LEMON



COCONUT AND CHICKEN SOUP
Coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut drink, coconut meat…seriously…how versatile can coconut be! Apparently, very versatile. Coconut milk comes in very handy in Southeast Asian kitchen. The milk is usually squeezed from the older coconut flesh. Fresh coconut drink is also very common in Southeast Asia countries. The young coconuts are […]

COCONUT AND CHICKEN SOUP


feed my baby & toddler 3
I had almost decided that my at-that-time-10-month-old daughter was a picky eater. She rejected almost anything I was trying to feed her for a certain period of time. Even things that she used to enjoy like avocado, bananas, rice, etc, she spitted them out. It’s like she’s screening through everything […]

GOLDFISH CHOWDER


TONJIRU/ PORK AND VEGETABLE MISO SOUP
I’m ending my journey with Everyday Harumi cookbook by Harumi Kurihara with this tonjiru, a standard dish in Japan. Each household in Japan has its own version of tonjiru. The traditional tonjiru is made with tofu, miso, and dashi stock, combines pork with vegetables such as daikon, burdock, sweet potato, […]

TONJIRU/ PORK AND VEGETABLE MISO SOUP



LUANG PRABANG PORK STEW WITH BITTER GREENS/ OAW' MOO SAI PAKKAT
Laos is another Southeast Asian country that is bordered by Vietnam, China, Burma, Thailand and Cambodia. Its cooking has lots of influence from Thailand and Cambodia. Luang Prabang is one of the large cities in Laos. Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid shared that there’s a certain acid-bitter aroma and taste […]

LUANG PRABANG PORK STEW WITH BITTER GREENS/ OAW’ MOO SAI ...


SAMLA' METCHOU PENG PA/KHMER FISH STEW WITH LEMONGRASS
In Southeast Asia, most dishes are prepared to accompany the rice. Whether it is sticky rice/glutinous rice or jasmine rice. In most cases, it is the jasmine rice. Though I must say noodles are also the other important ingredients used widely in Southeast Asian cooking. This is also the case […]

SAMLA’ METCHOU PENG PA/KHMER FISH STEW WITH LEMONGRASS


DONG CHICKEN HOT POT
Dong chicken hot pot gets its name from the Dong village of Zhaoxing, in eastern Guizhou, China. As shared in the Beyond The Great Wall cookbook by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid, it is taken for granted that every evening meal includes a soup or stew. That’s pretty much how […]

DONG CHICKEN HOT POT



TSAMPA SOUP/TSAM-THUK
I love soup or stew dishes in this arctic-like weather. Tsampa soup was the first thing I saw after the Tibetan bone broth and I just had to make this. This soup can be a full meal itself. Tsampa is the roasted barley ground into flour, which is a Tibetan […]

TSAMPA SOUP/TSAM-THUK


TIBETAN BONE BROTH
I saw this Beyond The Great Wall cookbook by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid and I flipped through it to see what was it all about. It’s an interesting cookbook to me because it covers the other part of China. China is definitely not just about Shanghai or Beijing. Those […]

TIBETAN BONE BROTH