Herbs


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


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


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



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


JERK CHICKEN WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA
I heard of Jerk chicken so often but I’ve never actually had one before. Jerk is a method of cooking from Jamaica. The meats are usually rubbed with spices mixture (usually hot). The spices can be dry rub or wet kind. The meat is then traditionally roasted over charcoal grill. […]

JERK CHICKEN WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA


GRILLED PORK SALAD
If you have your grill our there this summer (A grill pan will work too, not the best, but will work), well, give this one a try. This delicious grilled pork salad is one of my favorite. The tender juicy pork paired with the fragrant lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves […]

GRILLED PORK SALAD



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


PAN-FRIED FISH WITH SHALLOTS AND DILL
I am a little bit obsessed with dill lately ha! It’s funny that I never grew up having this herb before in our food. It’s not a common herb in Southeast Asian kitchen if I may say so. I learned of this herb while experimenting with some European and South […]

PAN-FRIED FISH WITH SWEET ONION AND DILL


FISH GOUJON WITH DILL MAYONNAISE
Goujon is a fancy French word for strips of fish or sometimes chicken being breaded and fried. I personally love fish dishes. I remember how my parents always make sure there were plenty of fish stocked up in the fridge when they know I would be home visiting Steam it, […]

FISH GOUJON WITH DILL MAYONNAISE



ROASTED CHICKEN WITH GREEK YOGURT SAUCE 1
Chicken thighs and drumstick are my favorite parts to use in cooking 😉 Yes, they are dark meat, which means, moist and tender compare to the breast. I have to tell you though that most Asians (most, not all) do not like to cook with chicken breast. The meat is […]

ROASTED CHICKEN WITH GREEK YOGURT SAUCE


BEEF AND PORK KNUCKLE NOODLE SOUP / BUN BO GIO HEO
When we talk about Oriental food, noodles are often part of the talk. Soupy, stir-fried, or deep-fried, noodles are favorites among Asians. I, personally is a noodle head (my daughter follow suit). I can eat noodles for every meal and every day without ever getting bored. Thinking about it, my […]

BEEF AND PORK KNUCKLE NOODLE SOUP / BUN BO GIO ...


CHICKEN WITH GREEN TOMATOES 2
This chicken with green tomatoes was created with a little inspiration from Indonesia culinary, which often uses lots of herbs and spices. Some can be difficult to find especially if you are at the opposite end of the world. However, I use ingredients that can be found easily and more […]

CHICKEN WITH GREEN TOMATOES



CRISPY PEANUT FRITTERS / REMPEYEK KACANG
Crispy peanut fritters or rempeyek kacang or what we usually call “peyek” in short at my home town is something that is good to eat on its own or usually will go with vegetable salad like gado gado and pecel. It is crispy, savory and fragrant (from the spices). Give […]

CRISPY PEANUT FRITTERS / REMPEYEK KACANG


LAMB CHOPS WITH THAI PANANG CURRY
Lamb is one of our favorite meat dishes, including my 2 1/2-year old daughter. As you know, fusing different flavor into a dish is also a favorite thing of mine to do. Panang (phanaeng) curry is one of the variety of Thai curries. It is milder compare to Thai red […]

LAMB CHOPS WITH THAI PANANG CURRY


ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS CHICKEN WITH LEEKS AND DILL
I just have to name the dish as such because that’s how I truly feel about it. Absolutely delicious! I actually get pretty addicted with dill lately. It started after I made a rice with green peas and dill (recipe coming up soon) and from that point on, I can’t […]

ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS CHICKEN WITH LEEKS AND DILL



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


BEEF STEW WITH WHITE RADISH
I have a thing for white radish (also known as daikon or Asian radish). I love to use it to cook soup and stew. I know the Japanese loves to use it as part of presentation in the dishes and guess what, I eat those shredded white radish that sit […]

BEEF STEW WITH WHITE RADISH


OVEN-ROASTED BEEF STEW
This is probably one of the easiest beef stew recipes I’ve ever prepared so far. The oven pretty much does all the cooking for you and trust me, it does a good job. The beef is so tender because it is slowly cooked and very flavorful when you have the […]

OVEN-ROASTED BEEF STEW



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


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


POT-ROASTED CORNISH GAME HEN
The idea of cooking a whole chicken can be intimidating to some people. Well, I was one of those people (at the beginning of my journey into the kitchen). I still kinda get overwhelmed sometimes when it comes to handling a big bird like that. Cornish game hen or known […]

POT-ROASTED CORNISH GAME HEN



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


CRAB CURRY
I’m one of those people who like to eat crab meat but absolutely hate to pick the meat out of the shells! I know…lazy bum! So, if you are on the same boat with me, then this crab curry recipe might just be the one for you It is absolutely […]

CRAB CURRY


STIR-FRIED CHICKEN WITH LEMONGRASS
Stir-fried chicken with lemongrass is a quick and delicious Vietnamese-inspired dish you can whip up at your very own kitchen for sure. With several recipes I’ve posted using lemongrass, I think you can see how versatile this herb actually is and never be afraid to cook with it anymore (if […]

STIR-FRIED CHICKEN WITH LEMONGRASS



SWEET AND SPICY LEMONGRASS SHRIMP
Yes, I’m still cooking with lemongrass. This is to show you how versatile lemongrass is. I absolutely love this sweet and spicy lemongrass shrimp. The thought of actually eating the lemongrass stalk itself was kinda scary to me at first. But after you minced it up, it’s really nice. The […]

SWEET AND SPICY LEMONGRASS SHRIMP


LEMONGRASS PORK WITH NOODLE
Lemongrass pork with noodle is a Vietnamese-inspired dish that I really enjoy eating. I often ordered this dish when I was in college. The noodle isn’t served with a soup, but it is served with a flavored-fish sauce. Sounds weird but it does get addicting. It can be served with […]

LEMONGRASS PORK WITH NOODLE


AROMATIC CHICKEN SOUP
My daughter loves this soup. My husband and I love it too. I was a bit hesitant that she would considering there are ginger, turmeric, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves flavoring the soup, but she did. I name this soup aromatic chicken soup because it sure is highly aromatic. I […]

AROMATIC CHICKEN SOUP



PORK WITH LEMONGRASS SOUP
I grew up with the flavor of lemongrass in food. My favorite dish that my mom used to make is the shrimp with lemongrass. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. My dad used lemongrass as natural “scent” in the car. It worked. It smelled so fresh and lemony. […]

PORK WITH LEMONGRASS SOUP


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


EASY SLOW-COOKED CHICKEN
I know most people get tired of eating chicken because that’s most common meat people have for meals. Fried chicken, baked chicken, grill chicken, chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, chicken rotisserie, chicken soup, chicken stew, geez…what else ? As much as my daughter enjoys eating pork, I can’t tell her that […]

EASY SLOW-COOKED CHICKEN



CHICKEN SALAD
If you google “chicken salad” you will get an overwhelming response of how many chicken salad recipes there are out there. As usual, I prepared this chicken salad with some Asian “touch” Simple enough but the use of the the herb like Vietnamese Coriander/rau ram and other seasonings really bring […]

CHICKEN SALAD


EASY FISH STEW WITH HERB
Preparing a fish dish is also one of my favorite things to do at the kitchen. It usually doesn’t involve much messing around and long cooking time (as the case with all seafood). I grew up with fish cooked with ginger, garlic, and lime. These three are believed to help […]

EASY FISH STEW WITH HERB