AYAM MASAK BUGIS 2
Buginese chicken or known as “ayam (chicken) masak (cook) bugis” is from the Southern part of Sulawesi island in Indonesia where the Buginese ethic is the majority there. Traditionally the whole chicken is stewed in coconut milk along with other ingredients commonly used in Indonesian kitchen such as: cinnamon, bay […]

BUGINESE CHICKEN


STIR-FRIED KALE 8
Wonder what you can cook with kale besides roasting them ? Try this stir-fried kale and you might find yourselves liking it. It’s my daughter’s favorite since she was one year old. Stir-frying vegetables is always my favorite thing to do anyway Print STIR-FRIED KALE (4 servings)   What you […]

STIR-FRIED KALE


COLORFUL MANTOU
Mantou or Chinese plain steamed bun was my childhood favorite and still is. I remember having that for afternoon tea snacks. It’s like steamed buns, but usually without any filling inside and has a half-circle shape, soft and fluffy. Mantou is a staple of the Chinese. It can be eaten […]

COLORFUL MANTOU



FLUFFY WHOLE WHEAT PANCAKES 2
Fiorina requested pancakes for breakfast. She usually never really requested specific food for breakfast. We have a pretty standard breakfast every morning. Usually one fried egg, refrigerated raw oatmeal with chia seeds, and sometimes she wants some unsweetened whole grain cheerios. Every now and then I may make some pancakes, […]

FLUFFY WHOLE WHEAT PANCAKES


ALMOND BUTTER COOKIES 3
I don’t bake as much as I want to, but I love cookies, pastries and breads. Unfortunately, I’m not a good baker too ha.ha..! I don’t have the patience to measure things out. Unlike cooking, I believe that when it comes to baking, precision is of paramount important. I could get by with just […]

ALMOND BUTTER COOKIES


EASY KIMCHI RAMEN 1
Only God knows how much I love noodle. I think it’s in the genes. My mom is another “noodle head” and both my kids are noodle heads 😉 I don’t know..I always have a soft spot for noodle. I’ve been craving for a ramen noodle AND kimchi badly the other […]

EASY KIMCHI RAMEN



PEKING DUCK WITH CHINESE PANCAKES
You know, there is always first time for everything. This was my first time roasting a whole duck in my entire natural life so far lol! The thought of roasting a big bird like that was a bit intimidating (to me at least!). But once you did it for that […]

PEKING DUCK WITH CHINESE PANCAKES


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


SOUP DUMPLINGS / XIAO LONG BAO 4
If you have ever eaten xiao long bao before, I know your face will lighten up by just seeing the words For the few years I’ve lived in Singapore, I had been spoiled with wonderful xiao long bao from various Chinese restaurants. Thin skin and the soup gushes out when […]

SOUP DUMPLINGS / XIAO LONG BAO



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


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


HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN TEMPEH AT HOME
Making my own tempeh is another one of the projects that has been on my list for few years now and finally I’ve gotten a chance to do it. Tempeh is considered a “street food” in Indonesia. It wasn’t popular outside Indonesia before. It’s sold at the market and considered […]

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN TEMPEH AT HOME



EASY SAVORY MARTABAK INDIA
Originated from the Indian population who lived in the Middle East, murtabak or martabak also made its way to the Southeast Asia. The word martabak itself means “folded” in Arabic. In Indonesia, we call it martabak. I call it a folded stuffed pancake. You’ll find different types of martabak depending on […]

EASY SAVORY MARTABAK INDIA


STIR-FRIED CHICKEN WITH GREEN TEA 2
This stir-fried chicken with green tea is inspired by a Taiwanese dish. Taiwan is a place flooded with creative energy when. Food is one of them. I only went to Taiwan once and that was also on a business trip many years ago. Though it was a short trip but […]

STIR-FRIED CHICKEN WITH GREEN TEA


GOJI BERRY TEA
Goji berry or known as wolfberry is an important ingredient in my mom’s pantry and so is mine (and I believe many other Asians). My mom uses goji berry for tea, soup, stir-fry veggies, or just munch them like raisins. This berry is originated from China and usually comes in dried […]

GOJI BERRY TEA



MATCHA SESAME SEEDS SHORTBREAD COOKIES
Snowy day is always good to stay indoor and be warm (to me anyway). With that said, the kids need things to do something though. Baking some cookies is always a big hit 😉 I was able to get some good quality matcha powder from Japan. I’ve always love the […]

MATCHA SESAME SEEDS SHORTBREAD COOKIES


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


Chinese steamed chicken
Steamed chicken is one of our favorites. Not only it’s easy, but it’s tasty (regardless of the pale-looking color). It’s my to-go recipe when I need to fix a meal quickly and always popular with out two kids too. The meat is always soft and tender. Our other favorite steamed […]

STEAMED CHICKEN WITH GINGER AND SCALLION



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


TURKEY LAAP WITH TOASTED BROWN RICE POWDER
Turkey laap or sometimes you’ll see written as larb is a Thai-inspired minced-meat salad. I’ve fallen in love with Thai cuisine for a long long time now. I love the robust flavor and taste from Thai cuisine. There are many different kind of laap and usually it does involve some […]

TURKEY LAAP WITH TOASTED BROWN RICE POWDER


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



ROASTED FRENCH BEANS WITH ASIAN FLARE
French beans get lots of love here in our house. Or maybe I should say after cooking them this way. My two kiddos never really care much for French beans or green beans. They’ll eat them but not too crazy about them. But everytime I made this roasted French beans, […]

ROASTED FRENCH BEANS WITH ASIAN FLARE


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


SPICY AND TANGY NOODLE WITH BLACK GARLIC
I was super excited to see black garlic at Trader Joe’s last week. I seriously did not expect to see an exotic ingredient like black garlic at TJ, imported from Japan too. I was first introduced to black garlic when I was still working in Singapore 7 years ago. Black […]

SPICY AND TANGY NOODLE WITH BLACK GARLIC



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


REFRESHING KOMBUCHA TEA
Finally….I have a chance to actually photographed my kombucha tea and now typing something out (kids are napping! Heaven!). You probably don’t need me to tell you about the health benefits of Kombucha. If you found this page, I’m sure you’ve done some research on your own. If you by […]

REFRESHING KOMBUCHA TEA


CHICKEN ADOBO (VINEGAR-BRAISED CHICKEN)
This national dish of The Philippines was originally from the Mexico. I’ve had it before but never made it at home. I decided to whip it up since I had all the ingredients on hand. It’s one of the easiest one-pot dishes I must say. You gotta experiment to get […]

CHICKEN ADOBO (VINEGAR-BRAISED CHICKEN)



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


KOREAN CHICKEN WITH LETTUCE WRAP
If you like something crunchy and healthy with your meal, what can be better than a lettuce ? (you would say….chips? ha..ha..). I’m not a big fan of eating lettuce on its own though. It’s healthy and super low calorie for sure, but to be realistic, I’m not a person […]

KOREAN CHICKEN WITH LETTUCE WRAP


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



BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES
Happy New Year everyone The year sure is short. I can’t believe here we are on the first day of 2015. It was a cold morning as expected here in the frozen tundra (though much better than when it was -1 F. At least it is 20 degrees today. We […]

BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES


SQUASH STEW WITH AVOCADO SALSA
When the weather was 4 F outside, all I could think of was something hearty and warm and it just sounded like stew fitted perfectly into that category. This is a great hearty and nutritious stew. It’s perfect if you don’t want any meat in your meal. This is packed […]

SQUASH STEW WITH AVOCADO SALSA


SPINACH WITH POTATOES / ALOO PALAK
Aloo palak is one of my favorite Indian vegetarian dishes. It’s such a simple dish and I learned about this dish when we ate at an Indian Restaurant and really like it. The spices used are not too overwhelming, yet flavorful enough. This is a fairly quick dish to make […]

SPINACH WITH POTATOES / ALOO PALAK



COLORFUL SUGAR COOKIES
So, it is one week before Christmas. Last year around this time, baking cookies was the last thing on my mind. Well, it didn’t even make it to my to-do list. The very one thing that was high on the top of the list was “BREASTFEEDING” and sleep (which I […]

COLORFUL SUGAR COOKIES


Gingerbread house
Can you imagine living in a house that you can actually eat ? ha..ha..I know..the house will crumble one day from all the eating But, there’s nothing wrong with having fantasy dream like that 😉 If Hollywood makes movies like that, why can’t I dream of living in one right […]

A COLORFUL EDIBLE HOUSE I WANT TO LIVE IN


LINGUINE WITH ANCHOVIES AND ONION SAUCE
Anchovies may not be everyone’s favorite food, but they certainly are mine. In Southeast Asian kitchen, anchovies are common ingredients too. From flavoring soup to being side dishes and anything in between. Using the anchovies in this pasta dish sure gives the dish that umami taste. And I love umami […]

LINGUINE WITH ANCHOVIES AND ONION SAUCE



PINEAPPLE COMPOTE
Pineapples were on sale few weeks ago and with 4 pineapples at home, I thought I would made a compote or what we usually call pineapple jam (though I was tempted to make some cookies and cakes with them). They were easy to make but just take a bit longer […]

PINEAPPLE COMPOTE


CHICKEN SCHNITZEL
I’m a HUGE fan of schnitzel. Actually the whole family of ours are too. The first time I made it several years ago, we all got hooked. I made the Veal cutlet that time and it was a big hit ! Recently I tried it on the chicken and as […]

CHICKEN SCHNITZEL


CHEDDAR CORN PIE 2
I’ve been so blessed to meet so many wonderful people. Some I’ve met in person, some I’ve came to know through blogging and either way, I feel so grateful. Every time I made this cheddar corn pie, it reminds me of my good friend, Stef (not that she looks like […]

CHEDDAR CORN PIE



BACON AND APPLE SANDWICH
I hardly fixed sandwich for either lunch or dinner. I guess it’s not part of the culture I grew up in to have sandwiches for meals (at least not at the time when I was little kid eons ago). I like sandwiches though. I know most Americans fix sandwich for […]

BACON AND APPLE SANDWICH


EASY BANANA FRITTERS 2
Banana fritters or what we call Pisang Goreng in Indonesian language is one of my favorite street foods. You can see this being sold almost anywhere on the street. This, though is not the traditional Pisang Goreng you’ll find in Indonesia however. Preparation wise is slightly different. The Banana fritters […]

EASY BANANA FRITTERS


LEEKS OMELETTE
Leeks is one of my favorite vegetables to cook with. In the same genus with onion and garlic (also my two favorite ingredients to cook with). My mom likes to use leeks in stir-fry noodles, stew, and to make egg omelette. It flavors the dish pretty nicely. This leeks omelette […]

LEEKS OMELETTE



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


OYSTER VERMICELLI NOODLE
I learnt of oyster vermicelli noodle or known as oyster mee sua when I visited Taiwan few years ago. I had this bowl of gooey looking noodle this at the famous Shilin night market. If you google Taiwan Shilin night market, you can see the photos and read about it. […]

OYSTER VERMICELLI NOODLE


LEMON GRASS PORK LOIN WITH RICE NOODLES
Lemon grass is one of my favorite herbs to cook with. These stalks are very commonly used in Southeast Asian kitchen. From just flavoring dishes to actually being eaten. This lemon grass pork loin with rice noodles uses chopped lemon grass. I know it’s a bit hard to imagine eating […]

LEMON GRASS PORK LOIN WITH RICE NOODLES