Carrots


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


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



INDONESIAN STEAMED VEGETABLE WRAP/ CHAI PAO
I never knew I could love food this much until I’m far away from home. Lots of comfort food I took for granted because I never had to cook them. Food sure brings lots of sweet memories to most people and I am no exception. I also never knew that […]

INDONESIAN STEAMED VEGETABLE WRAP/ CHAI PAO


POT-STICKER CARROTS WITH BAY LEAVES
I’m guilty of using carrots mostly just for stews, soups when it comes to cooking. Honestly, that’s because I didn’t really know what to do with them on their own. I love carrots though. They are so sweet on their own. This pot sticker carrots with bay leaves is an […]

POT-STICKER CARROTS WITH BAY LEAVES


VIBRANT CARROT SALAD
I’m not a big fan of eating raw carrots. This probably had been the case ever since I was young. The habit of eating raw vegetable was simply not there in our family tradition. I’m always amazed by toddlers who are munching raw baby carrots so deliciously! (good for them). […]

VIBRANT CARROT SALAD



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


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


STIR-FRIED MONGOLIAN STEAK WITH CHILI-CHIVE CREPES
I often heard about the Mongolian steak, especially here in North America, however, honestly speaking, never had one before. So, I decided to give it a try when I flipped through A Taste of Hawaii cookbook by Jean-Marie Josselin. After cooking with several of his recipes now, I know by […]

STIR-FRIED MONGOLIAN STEAK WITH CHILI-CHIVE CREPES



VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS WITH COCONUT AND PEANUT DIP
Most people are probably familiar with the Vietnamese rice paper or known as bahn trang. They are sold in dried form in round packages. When the dried rice paper comes in contact with water, it will soften and hence allow you to use it for wrapping. I really like using […]

VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS WITH COCONUT AND PEANUT DIP


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


EGG FOO YONG
Egg foo yong (芙 蓉 蛋)/ Fu Rong Dan is an egg omelette dish said to be originated from China. However this dish is also being enjoyed a lot in other parts of Asia. Let’s take Indonesia for example. This dish is known as foo yong hai in Indonesia. I […]

OMELETTE WITH GRAVY / EGG FOO YONG



VEGETABLE TEMPURA
I’m sure every now and then you heard of this word “tempura” or perhaps seen it on the menu at Japanese restaurants. While reading through the history of tempura from Takashi’s noodle cookbook by Takashi Yagihashi, I just found out that the cooking method was introduced by the Portuguese in […]

VEGETABLE TEMPURA


RAMEN CHICKEN STOCK
This is the beginning of something good folks! One of the most important things in preparing a wonderful noodle soup dish (IMHO) is getting the soup right. I love Japanese ramen noodles. If you are not familiar with Japanese ramen noodles, I’ll elaborate more on the ramen noodles recipes I’ve […]

RAMEN CHICKEN STOCK


PTITIM CASSEROLE WITH CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES
I add this ptitim casserole with chicken and vegetables to the “feed my baby/toddler” category because Fiorina (now a 14-month old toddler) loves this dish. I’m always excited if I fixed something that she likes. She ate more than her usual portion. I guess she must have really liked the […]

PTITIM CASSEROLE WITH CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES



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


MAZESUSHI
Mazesushi or known as mixed sushi is a common dish prepared at home in Japan. To me, mazesushi is like a deconstructed sushi roll. I find this very tasty, as I’m also a sushi fan. There are two stages to this recipe. First you gotta prepare the rice with the […]

MAZESUSHI



BANH MI/ VIETNAMESE SANDWICH
In their Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet cookbook, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid shared that Banh Mi or also often referred to as Mekong subs are standard street fare from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Phnom Penh to Vientiane. The French introduced bakery-produced baguettes to their Southeast Asian colonies (Vietname, […]

BANH MI/ MEKONG SUBS


DAU CHUA/ CARROT AND DAIKON PICKLED SALAD
This dau chua or carrot and daikon pickled salad is a versatile condiment to keep in Vietnamese cooking. It goes with banh mi (which was why I made it) and also for your goi cuon/Vietnamese spring roll. If you have leftovers, they will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. […]

DAU CHUA/ CARROT AND DAIKON PICKLED SALAD


GOI CUON/ VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLL
I am happy to say that there are lots of great Vietnamese restaurants here in the U.S. When we go to Vietnamese restaurants, there are only two things that we eat most of the time. Pho noodles and the Vietnamese spring rolls. I told my hubby if it didn’t seem […]

GOI CUON/ VIETNAMESE SPRING/SUMMER ROLL



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


VEGETABLE MIXED NOODLES/YACHAE GOOKSU
Vegetable mixed noodles is another one of my favorite from this Korean week. I like how Korean incorporate a lot of vegetables in their dishes. Healthy and yet giving you that sense of satisfaction when you are done.This recipe doesn’t use any meat, but as you perhaps already know that […]

VEGETABLE MIXED NOODLES/YACHAE GOOKSU


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



SEASONED SLICED BEEF/BOOLGOGI
Seasoned sliced beef or boolgogi or often seen as bulgogi on the menu is a thinly sliced beef that is seasoned and then traditionally cooked on an open fire, which is what the term boolgogi literally means “fire meat”. Bulgogi is also available to order from the barbecue menu if […]

SEASONED SLICED BEEF/BOOLGOGI


CHICKEN IN RED CURRY WITH RICE BALLS
Chicken in red curry with rice balls is another great Thai recipe that I will keep. It’s fairly easy to make and delicious, especially served with glutinous/sticky rice balls. The fragrant jasmine rice reign supreme in Southeast Asia and many parts of Thailand too, however, in northern part of Thailand, […]

CHICKEN IN RED CURRY WITH RICE BALLS


POT AU FEU
I decided to give another big classic of French dish a try – Pot Au Feu. According to Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles cookbook, Pot Au Feu is soul food for socialists. And if you want to make a Frenchman cry ? Make him a nice bowl of Pot Au Feu. […]

POT AU FEU



WARM FRENCH LENTILS
Another recipe I tried from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? cookbook. She has this lentils in the bistro in Paris and loved it so much. Warm French lentils is a classic French peasant food. In summer time, they’re served like this-slightly warm with a drizzle of olive […]

WARM FRENCH LENTILS


CHIANTI MARINATED BEEF STEW
If you are looking for a one-pot meal, this will be a perfect one for that. You get your meat, your starch and your veggies all in one pot. This Chianti marinated beef stew is a reminiscent of the stews in Tuscany and Umbria. I made this big pot of […]

CHIANTI MARINATED BEEF STEW


SHRIMP AND SCALLOP STEW WITH COUSCOUS PILAF
I never really know what to cook with Scallop, but I love eating them. The flesh is so sweet and meaty. When I see this Shrimp and Scallop Stew serve with Couscous Pilaf in Martha Stewart Living cookbook, I went ahead and give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed. The […]

SHRIMP AND SCALLOP STEW WITH COUSCOUS PILAF



Bento Lunch
So this Bento lunch making things do get addicting. The best part of this all is that they are all edible. Too cute to be eaten as a matter of fact! So, here’s the pig series. The happy pigs enjoying their day out, enjoying the spring weather, beautiful tulips (my […]

BENTO LUNCH PART 2


Bento Lunch 2
First of all, what is Bento ? It is a home-packed meal that is very common in Japanese tradition. It is normally consists of rice, veggies and some sort of protein that are then packed into a lunch box. I love to see what people create for their Bento. In […]

BENTO LUNCH


CARROT CAKE
First of all I would like to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE (as written on the cake 祝你生日快乐亲爱的). I made this carrot cake for hubby’s birthday this year. It is one of his favorite cakes. Western carrot cake is definitely different from Chinese carrot cake/turnip cake The term carrot is […]

CARROT CAKE



Japanese Curry
Curry is also a popular dish in Japan. Curry was introduced to Japan during the Meiji era (1869–1913) by the British, at a time when India was under the administration of the British. The dish became popular and available for purchase in supermarkets and restaurants in the late 1960s. It […]

JAPANESE CURRY


Yin Yang Vegetable Pockets 5
I grew up watching Martin Yan’s show Yan Can Cook. I’ve adored him even before I was old enough to be in the kitchen, cooking. He is a legend to me. I learned how to make this Yin Yang Vegetable Pockets, as he named it, from him. In Chinese culture, […]

YIN YANG VEGETABLE POCKETS


VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS 3
The other day I flipped through a cook book “1000 classic recipe” and saw this vegetable spring rolls. Well, spring roll is pretty common I know, however, I’ve never really made one myself and I thought this one looks really simple and sound tasty too. So, I made this with […]

VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS



Chicken soup
I’ve made this several times and yet this very simple chicken soup for your soul never fail to amaze me each time. I name it as such because I mean…what’s more comforting than having a chicken soup ? Not only it’s simple and you can use ingredients that you commonly […]

CHICKEN SOUP FOR YOUR SOUL


sayur lodeh
Sayur Lodeh is a very famous Vegetable dish cooked in coconut milk and spices in Indonesia and also other parts of South East Asia. It goes well with rice and lontong. Print VEGETABLE IN COCONUT MILK / SAYUR LODEH (4-5 servings)   What you will need: 100 g of zucchinis/ […]

VEGETABLE IN COCONUT MILK / SAYUR LODEH