Dried Shrimps


STIR-FRIED SHREDDED ZUCCHINI WITH DRIED SHRIMPS
Zucchini is abundance in summer time and I love zucchini. My kids… not so much unless I made some breads, pancakes, or fritters with it. I was trying to use up all the zucchinis that we had around before they went bad. I decided to shred them and stir-frying them. […]

STIR-FRIED SHREDDED ZUCCHINI WITH DRIED SHRIMPS


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


ASIAN MUSTARD GREENS RICE / KUA CHAI PUI
Asian mustard greens rice or known as kua chai pui, is quite a popular rice dish at my hometown, Medan in Indonesia. My mom made kua chai pui quite often. What I love about this dish is the Asian Mustard Green itself. It’s the stalk of the Mustard Green that […]

ASIAN MUSTARD GREENS RICE / KUA CHAI PUI



KHAU YUK / TWICE-COOKED PORK BELLY
This is another sinful affair that I had when I was home. Mom whipped up this wonderful twice-cooked pork belly or in one of the chinese dialects, called Khau Yuk. The meat is deep-fried and then double-boiled to fork tender. We will have this every year for Chinese new year […]

KHAU YUK / TWICE-COOKED PORK BELLY


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


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



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


GRAPEFRUIT SALAD
If you think dressing the grapefruit with some fish sauce, dried shrimps, and shallots are going to taste like SUPER WEIRD!! well, I can tell you, it’s not! I’m not lying! I have to admit that I have been putting fish sauce, dried shrimps, shallots, and peanuts sometimes on salad […]

GRAPEFRUIT SALAD


TOMATO AND SPINACH SALAD
As much as I like to stir-fry vegetables, it can get old some days. Spinach is always in our refrigerator and I just need some new idea to make it refreshing and yet delicious at the same time. I grew up eating a lot of cooked vegetables and that’s common […]

TOMATO AND SPINACH SALAD



INDONESIAN BOILED NOODLES WITH GRAVY / MEE REBUS / E MIE 4
My favorite thing to eat for supper when we were young was this Indonesian boiled noodles with gravy or famously known as e mie or mee rebus. I remembered I often walked to the nearby street food vendor nearby our house for this mee rebus. Indonesian style E mie/ Mee […]

INDONESIAN BOILED NOODLES WITH GRAVY / MEE REBUS / E ...


RICE CONES/ ZONG ZI (USING JASMINE RICE)
After making glutinous rice cones or zong zi, I decided to make more using jasmine rice instead of glutinous rice. They are equally delicious for people who do not like to consume glutinous rice. The Chinese believe that glutinous rice is more “heaty” compare to jasmine rice. So older people […]

RICE CONES/ ZONG ZI/ BAK CHANG (USING JASMINE RICE)


SPICY OKRA/ LADY'S FINGER STIR-FRY
Of course you know that every now and then I gotta throw in some vegetable stir-fry recipe Just bear with me please. It’s a pretty tasty one though. I like okra, or often called lady’s finger in Asia. The sticky substance when you cut the okra can be a turn […]

SPICY OKRA/ LADY’S FINGER STIR-FRY



appetizers/snacks
One of my favorite things about Thailand, besides the wonderful culture, people, shopping (I’m a woman, what can I say) is the food. I love the sweet, sour, salty, and spicy flavor that are often incorporated in Thai cooking. It’s like your taste buds are so busy to be pleased […]

THAI SAVORY CREPES/ PAEN NA GOONG


SPICY EGGPLANTS WITH CURRY LEAVES
This spicy eggplants with curry leaves is my aunt’s recipe that my mom recently shared with me. I love it so much. I usually cook eggplants in curry, or sometimes grill it and make a sambal (chili-based sauce popular in Southeast Asia, typically red in color) and pour on top […]

SPICY EGGPLANTS WITH CURRY LEAVES


CABBAGE MEATBALLS
Asian cooking incorporates quite a fair bit of steaming in the process. From vegetables to cooking meat. Steaming is obviously a healthier way of cooking. But just because it is healthy, it doesn’t mean it taste like cardboard. This is a healthy yet tasty recipe for meatballs. The steamed giant […]

CABBAGE MEATBALLS



PHAD THAI
I don’t think I can complete my recipe archive for Thailand without making phad thai. If you ever go to a Thai restaurant, you will for sure see phad thai on the menu. I can guarantee you that. After all, phad thai is Thailand’s national dish. If you ever got […]

PHAD THAI


PUMPKIN WITH DRIED SHRIMPS
I think the most common usage of Pumpkin I’ve seen is in soup. I personally liked to just steam the pumpkin with its skin on and eat them as a snack. Weird perhaps you think, but I just love it. Pumpkin is nutrient-rich vegetable, packed with Vitamin A, Beta-carotene, Calcium, […]

PUMPKIN WITH DRIED SHRIMPS


THAI GREEN PAPAYA SALAD / SOM TUM
Thai Green papaya salad or som tum is a spicy salad made from shredded unripened papaya. The dish combines the four main tastes of Thai cuisine: sour lime, hot chili, salty fish sauce, and sweetness added by palm sugar. In Thailand, it is customary that a customer ask the preparer […]

THAI GREEN PAPAYA SALAD / SOM TUM



Braised Pork Hocks with Black Vinegar 2
It seems like Fiorina was just born yesterday. It has been 12 days since our bundle of joy arrives. The 12th day of confinement is also marked by a small celebration by preparing a Braised Pork Hocks with black vinegar and Lo Mai Gai/ Glutinous Rice with Chicken. I asked my […]

BRAISED PORK HOCKS WITH BLACK VINEGAR


SAVORY DAIKON CAKE
Savory daikon/turnip cake is especially popular in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The daikon is usually cooked with dried shrimps, shiitake mushrooms and Chinese sausages and then mixed with rice flour concoction. The mixture is then steamed and the rice flour helps everything to congeal into cake. I […]

SAVORY DAIKON CAKE/ LOH PAK KOH