Chili


PULLED PORK WITH BLACK PEPPER VINEGAR SAUCE AND GREEN ONION SLAW
It is hard for me to walk away from pulled pork. Not only they taste good, but they are pretty versatile. You can use pulled pork on burgers, wraps, rice (yes…we can make everything work with rice), and of course noodles too, and any other starches you like! Summer is […]

PULLED PORK WITH BLACK PEPPER VINEGAR SAUCE AND GREEN ONION ...


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


SINGAPOREAN MEE SIAM/ SINGAPOREAN SPICY VERMICELLI NOODLES
I’ve learned a lot about the local food during my short stay in Singapore. Mee siam is one of the food that has become my favorite ever since. Mee siam or often called Siamese noodles are very popular noodle dish in Singapore. In Indonesia, this is simply known as stir-fried […]

MEE SIAM/ SINGAPOREAN STIR-FRIED RICE NOODLES



INDONESIAN STYLE GREEN SAMBAL
Each time I have this green sambal, I remember my mom. She always brought me some when she came to visit me. If you are not familiar with Indonesian culinary, sambal is one of the must-have to accompany many rice dishes, poultry, meats, seafood..well, lets put it this way….many dishes […]

MOM’S GREEN SAMBAL


ZHA JIANG MIAN/ SWEET AND SPICY BEEF NOODLES
Talking about zha jiang mian, I’m taken back to my almost-once-a-week-date with my sister at the Crystal Jade Restaurant in Singapore. Zha jiang mian was always what we ordered. I really like the zha jiang mian noodle there. Zha jiang mian is originated from northern China. Zha jiang means bean […]

ZHA JIANG MIAN/ SWEET AND SPICY BEEF NOODLES


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


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


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



OMELETTE SALAD
We love eggs! We start our morning with eggs. And I’m glad the two kiddos like eggs too. It’s just so easy to feed the family with eggs. They are cheap and nutritious. I often feel handicapped without eggs in the refrigerator. Days when I don’t want to deal with […]

OMELETTE SALAD


SPICY FISH STEW
Fish is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with (Yes, I’ve said it thousands of times at least). Fish cooks quickly and when made into a stew like this, it feeds the whole family. My only concern about buying fish lately is where the fish comes from. I tried […]

SPICY FISH STEW


ROASTED EGGPLANTS WITH BASIL
Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. Though, I have to admit that I haven’t been cooking it for a while. In Indonesia kitchen, eggplant is usually stir-fried with sambal/spicy chili sauce. The preparation is not very waist-friendly however. The eggplant is usually deep-fried before stir-frying. Oven is not a […]

ROASTED EGGPLANTS WITH BASIL



DRIED ANCHOVIES WITH PEANUTS AND CHILI / SAMBAL IKAN TERI
Dried anchovies or knowns as Ikan teri in Indonesian language, play a big part in Indonesian kitchen and I believe other South East Asia countries like Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. More about dried anchovies can be read when I posted the dried anchovies powder recipe. The most common dish made […]

DRIED ANCHOVIES WITH PEANUTS AND CHILI / SAMBAL IKAN TERI


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



KOREAN-STYLE SPICY NOODLE SOUP / JAMPONG
Jampong is one of my favorite Korean noodle soup. Perfect for the cooler weather and if it’s not obvious enough, anything that involves seafood, has a higher chance of getting my vote Jampong is pretty easy and quick to prepare and can’t be more satisfying. If udon is not your […]

KOREAN-STYLE SPICY NOODLE SOUP / JAMPONG


SEAFOOD AND SCALLION PANCAKE
I enjoy eating savory pancake and this is one of my favorite. Crispy on the edge, moist and soft in the middle. We’re a seafood lover and to include it in a pancake is simply priceless. This seafood and scallion pancake makes a great snacks or appetizers. It seems pretty […]

SEAFOOD AND SCALLION PANCAKE


FRIED TEMPEH WITH SPICY SAUCE / SAMBAL GORENG TEMPEH
Tempeh or translated into soy bean cake is a very common food in Indonesia. It is considered a “cheap” source of protein. It wasn’t popular at all (outside of Indonesia) until recently. I’ve actually found some tempeh here in Minnesota. In Indonesia, tempeh is traditionally made by fermentation process that […]

FRIED TEMPEH WITH SPICY SAUCE / SAMBAL GORENG TEMPEH



MINCED DUCK SATAY / SATE LILIT BEBEK
Sate lilit is a popular dish from the Island of Bali. The word “lilit” roughly means “wrap around”. The meat is usually wrapped around the skewers. Traditionally, lemongrass stalks are used as skewers instead of bamboo skewers. I really think using lemongrass stalk as skewers makes sate lilit taste even […]

MINCED DUCK SATAY / SATE LILIT BEBEK


VIETNAMESE-INSPIRED PORK NOODLE SOUP
If you want a satisfying noodle soup dish that can be whipped up in no time, look no further! This one will sure warm up that heart and soul (may be a bit too hot in summer, but you’ll appreciate it even more in winter). I’m also a big fan […]

VIETNAMESE-INSPIRED PORK NOODLE SOUP


KAREDOK / WEST JAVANESE VEGETABLE SALAD WITH SWEET AND SOUR DRESSING
I have to admit it can be challenging to prepare some of the Indonesian dishes because of the different uncommon spices and herbs being used. Take “kencur” for example. Kencur is a very common spice used in Indonesia, especially among the Javanese and Balinese. However, it is not easy to […]

KAREDOK / WEST JAVANESE VEGETABLE SALAD WITH SWEET AND SOUR ...



THAI-INSPIRED CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
Yes, I love Thai food. The sourness, they spicyness, the sweetness, the herbs and spices used in cooking…I mean….loads of taste and flavor working together to please my taste buds. You will find this Thai-inspired chicken noodle soup incredibly easy to make, especially if you have leftover chicken meat. You […]

THAI-INSPIRED CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP


SPICY WATER SPINACH SALAD / LOMBOK PLECING KANGKUNG
Lombok is one of the beautiful islands of Indonesia in case you have never heard of it. I know many people heard of Bali, but many have no clue about all the other islands in Indonesia unfortunately. I’ve heard about the beauty of Lombok, but I’ve never been there myself. […]

SPICY WATER SPINACH SALAD / LOMBOK PLECING KANGKUNG


STEAMED TARO CAKE WITH DRIED SHRIMP TOPPINGS / O KUE
Steamed taro cake with dried shrimp toppings or what we call “o kue” in Medan, Indonesia, is one of our family’s favorite savory snacks. These delicious savory taro cake is commonly seen at the market or bakery/cake shop at our home town. I love home made steamed taro cake because […]

STEAMED TARO CAKE WITH DRIED SHRIMP TOPPINGS / O KUE



CHICKEN WITH RED LENTILS
I never grew up having lentils before. It’s not something very common at our house or even at our hometown. But one thing I can tell you is that I always have soft spots for beans and legumes. My mom often cooked soup with beans and I don’t know if […]

CHICKEN WITH RED LENTILS


PORK VINDALOO
Vindaloo is one of my favorite from Indian cuisine. Vindaloo is influenced by the Portuguese during their colonialism in the Goa region, located along the West coast of India. Sometimes also known as Goan Vindaloo. Vindaloo can be made with pork, lamb, seafood, and chicken. Vindaloo is characterized by its […]

PORK VINDALOO


CRISPY TOFU CUBES WITH SWEET CHILI SAUCE
I was first introduced to this crispy tofu cubes with sweet chili sauce when we visited Singapore last year. We were at Crystal Jade and my sister ordered this dish. My then 23-month old daughter got hooked to this tofu dish (Yes, it’s fried, who won’t get hooked ). I […]

CRISPY TOFU CUBES WITH SWEET CHILI SAUCE



ANTS CLIMBING A TREE / MA YI SHANG SHU
Chinese sure does like to name their dishes in a unique way. Most of the time it’s a “literal” translation of what it visually looks like. This ants climbing a tree dish is one of the example. Fret not, there is no ants involved. This classic Szechuan dish is named […]

ANTS CLIMBING A TREE / MA YI SHANG SHU


NEPALI CHICKEN CHOW CHOW
I have never had chicken chow chow before and so when I saw it on the Nepali cookbook, I decided I need to try it out and I’m glad I did. I made this because it involves noodle and it was my husband’s birthday that day and noodle must be […]

NEPALI CHICKEN CHOW CHOW


CURRY LAKSA
Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup from the Peranakan culture. Peranakan is a merger of Chinese and Malay elements found in Malaysia and Singapore, and to a lesser extent Indonesia. There are two different types of Laksa: curry Laksa and asam Laksa (sour fish soup with noodles) In Indonesia, […]

CURRY LAKSA



FRIED TARO CLUSTER / TALAS GORENG / UYEN 6
Uyen is my most favorite snack ever since childhood. I’m not exactly sure where the word Uyen came about, but my mom said, this snack belongs to the Hakka community. The Indonesian language is called Talas goreng. Talas is basically a Taro. I called it fried taro cluster because the […]

FRIED TARO CLUSTER / TALAS GORENG / UYEN


STIR-FRIED ZUCCHINI WITH LEMON
Who would have thought that adding a squeeze of lemon juice into this stir-fried zucchini can give this dish such a great taste. I find it hard to believe to but you gotta try it out to know what I mean. This stir-fried zucchini with lemon is incredibly easy to […]

STIR-FRIED ZUCCHINI WITH LEMON