Prawns


CORN FRITTERS / PERKEDEL JAGUNG
Corn Fritters or Perkedel Jagung in Indonesian language is a popular street food I grew up with. I am already crazy about corn itself. Made it into fritters and I’m out of control! lol! It’s so easy to overeat these little things, but trust me it’s really good. My mom’s […]

CORN FRITTERS / PERKEDEL JAGUNG


SPICY SURF AND TURF TACO WITH KIMCHI
Marrying flavors from different background is my favorite thing to do in cooking. I think it’s a brilliant thing to do !! That’s one of the reasons why I adore Jamie Oliver so much. I think he’s one of the masters when it comes to fusing flavors and ingredients. I’ve […]

SPICY SURF AND TURF TACO WITH KIMCHI


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



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


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



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


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


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



SHRIMP AND MANGO RED CURRY 2
I have to admit that I’m still in a “survival” mode. Meaning, I’m trying to survive motherhood with our 4 1/2-month old baby (as I’m typing this entry) and a 3-year old daughter. Fun ? yes. Exhausting ? yes. Hungry ? double yes!! I feel like I’m hungry all the […]

SHRIMP AND MANGO RED CURRY


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


THAI PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE
Fried rice is always my favorite thing to whip up because it’s easy and you have a meal in no time. You can pretty much throw whatever ingredients you like to include in your fried rice too. I decided to whip up this Thai-style pineapple fried rice. Love the savory […]

THAI PINEAPPLE FRIED RICE



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


VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLLS / CHA GIO
Spring rolls are almost everyone’s favorite I must say. These great appetizers are commonly seen in lots of different Asian cuisines. The variety is also countless. Some of them fried, some aren’t. These cha gio or known as Vietnamese spring rolls are the classic fried spring rolls or sometimes they […]

VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLLS / CHA GIO


COOK AND SELL DUMPLINGS / SIU MAI
If you are wondering why it is called “cook and sell” dumplings, well, it is a direct translation from the Cantonese dialect siu mai. Siu 燒 means to cook and mai 賣 means to sell. Like I mentioned before, the Chinese like to name the dishes that convey good messages/meanings. […]

COOK AND SELL DUMPLINGS / SIU MAI



ROASTED SEAFOOD
This roasted seafood dish can’t be more beautiful and appetizing. We love seafood in this house and to be throwing lots of things into the roasting pan and ended up with a complete meal makes thing even more beautiful don’t you think ? I mentioned it before over and over, […]

ROASTED SEAFOOD


BUTTER OATS PRAWNS / 麥片蝦 2
Okay…I know what you are thinking. Oatmeal is for breakfast. You can probably see the combination of oatmeal and butter, but oatmeal and prawns ? Perhaps they sound anything but appealing to you if you are not familiar with this dish. Butter oats prawn or known as (mai phien xia) […]

BUTTER OATS PRAWNS / 麥片蝦


POPIAH / FRESH THIN SPRING ROLLS
Popiah or loosely translated as fresh thin spring rolls are popular street food in Southeast Asia countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. I grew up eating these and love them so much. The main filling in popiah always include yam bean or known as bang kuang in a Hokkian dialect. […]

POPIAH / FRESH THIN SPRING ROLLS



MEE KANGKUNG BELACAN / SPICY STIR-FRIED NOODLES WITH WATER SPINACH 1
Mee kangkung belacan is one of the very popular street food almost every Medanese loves. It is basically a stir fry noodles with chili, shrimp paste (belacan), water spinach and some seafood. The dish is spicy (but won’t burn or numb your tongue), then it has this wonderful flavor from […]

MEE KANGKUNG BELACAN / SPICY STIR-FRIED NOODLES WITH WATER SPINACH


FRIED NORI ROLLS
Seaweed is very commonly used in East Asia’s cooking. Nori is the Japanese term for edible seaweed .You will mostly see it being used as a wrap (like in sushi roll) and also as snack. My daughter loves roasted nori seaweed. I actually have to hide the seaweed from her […]

FRIED NORI ROLLS


HOKKIAN-STYLE NOODLE 3
Hokkien originated in the Southern regions of Fujian province, an important centre for trade and migration, and has since been spread beyond China, being one of the most common Chinese languages overseas. Hokkian is one of the dialects spoken in Taiwan and many overseas Chinese throughout Southeast Asia. In Hokkian […]

HOKKIAN-STYLE NOODLE



CHEE CHEONG FUN / STEAMED RICE ROLLS 10
Chee Cheong Fun is one of my favorite Dim Sum items to order. I never ever have Dim Sum without Chee Cheong Fun. Dim sum is the Cantonese term for a type of Chinese dish that involves small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or […]

CHEE CHEONG FUN / STEAMED RICE ROLLS


PRAWN NOODLE SOUP WITH PORK RIBS
Every once a week or sometimes every two weeks I would “pamper” myself by having a bowl of prawn noodle soup with ribs during lunch time near this place I used to work at in Singapore. I said pamper because I normally spend about $2.50 to $3.00 for lunch. A […]

PRAWN NOODLE SOUP WITH PORK RIBS


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



SHRIMP SALAD WITH ENGLISH CUCUMBER
Actually this was the first time I ever had English cucumber and I love it. English cucumber somehow taste “milder” compare to the regular cucumber. To be using English cucumber in the shrimp salad is simply delicious. Since the shrimp is the star of the dish, make sure you use […]

SHRIMP SALAD WITH ENGLISH CUCUMBER


SHRIMP STEW
Shrimp is one of my favorite seafood. I like to cook with seafood because they usually don’t take a long time to cook. In fact, it is very easy to overcook seafood like shrimp, fish, and crab. Once you overcook them, they turn tough and rubbery (especially with shrimps) and […]

SHRIMP STEW


SPAGHETTI WITH SHRIMP AND WATERCRESS
Watercress has gained lots of popularity lately for its antioxidants properties. We grew up eating lots of watercress. My mom often made soup with watercress, tomatoes, garlic, and some pork bones. The soup was slowly cooked so the pork bones, tomatoes, and garlic release wonderful flavor to the soup. Everything […]

SPAGHETTI WITH SHRIMP AND WATERCRESS



STEAMED PIPA SHRIMPS
…and you wonder what in the world is pipa shrimps ? Well, the shrimps are definitely regular kinds, but because the dish itself resembles the shape of a pi pa, a musical instrument from China, and hence the name. The shrimps are shelled, cleaned and butterflied and laid on top […]

STEAMED PIPA SHRIMPS


POTATO WITH SAMBAL / SAMBAL GORENG KENTANG
This potato with sambal or we call it sambal goreng kentang in Indonesia, is one of my very favorite side dish to accompany our multi-course meal. My mom made this very often when we were young and call me bias, but hers is always my favorite and I consider it […]

POTATO WITH SAMBAL / SAMBAL GORENG KENTANG


SHRIMP BHUNA
This shrimp bhuna is one of my favorite seafood dishes. The sourness, the hot spicyness and flavorful spice makes this simple dish elegantly sophisticated in taste. The spices used to cook this dish doesn’t take over the dish. The shrimps are still the star of the dish and hence, it’s […]

SHRIMP BHUNA



SHRIMP ROLLS
If you google the word “shrimp rolls”, you will get over 5 millions images of shrimp rolls. Speaking of variety! These shrimp rolls are not wrapped in spring roll wrappers, wonton wrappers, rice, seaweed, or any other common wrappers. The shrimp rolls are wrapped using roasted bell peppers. I love […]

SHRIMP ROLLS


SHRIMP, SPINACH AND WASABI MASH ROLLS
If you think you need sushi rice to make rolls, well, I gotta tell you that you don’t have to have sushi rice. This shrimp, spinach and wasabi mash rolls definitely are not traditional sushi rolls you imagine. The sushi rice that is typically used is replaced with mashed potato […]

SHRIMP, SPINACH AND WASABI MASH ROLLS


SHRIMPS WITH BEAN-THREAD NOODLES
Yes, another noodle dish. I wonder if I’ll ever get tired of eating noodles (very unlikely). I somehow think this noodle-eating thing runs in the family. My mom is also another noodle head. She actually prefers to eat noodles over rice, just like I do. My daughter is another noodle […]

SHRIMPS WITH BEAN-THREAD NOODLES



FISHERMAN'S SHRIMP WITH CHIVES/ 漁 家 炒 蝦 球
When I’m looking for an easy and tasty recipe, I somehow always resort to stir-fry type of dish. Stir-frying is not only a type of cooking method done on vegetables. In Asian cooking, stir-frying can be done on meat, seafood, rice, noodles, pretty much anything if you ask me. You […]

STIR-FRIED SHRIMP WITH CHIVES


SHRIMP STIR-FRY WITH PEPPERS AND SWEET PEAS
Shrimp stir-fry with peppers and sweet peas is absolutely a perfect dish to prepare on a busy day. It’s a no-brainer to whip up and not to mention tasty and healthy at the same time. I love preparing dish like this. It looks colorful and sort of “fancy”, however, it’s […]

SHRIMP STIR-FRY WITH PEPPERS AND SWEET PEAS


FISH AND SHRIMP SOUP WITH BASIL AND LEMON
Fish and shrimp soup with basil and lemon was one of the soups that when I had it, it put a huge smile on my face. While the root of this soup is somewhat almost like Thai’s tom yum gong, it doesn’t entirely tom yum soup at the same time. […]

FISH AND SHRIMP SOUP WITH BASIL AND LEMON



SOBA NOODLES SALAD WITH SWEET SHRIMP ROLLS
Mention soba noodles and you will immediately think of Japan. Soba noodles are made of buckwheat flour and in Japanese language, soba does mean buckwheat. My mom and I are both noodle heads, however, she doesn’t care much for soba noodles. I, on the other hand, like all kind of […]

SOBA NOODLES SALAD WITH SWEET SHRIMP ROLLS


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



CHINESE COLD APPETIZER 2
I’m not exactly sure how to name this dish. This is called 冷 盤 (len phan) at my home town, which literally means cold plate in Chinese. This cold plate appetizer is a popular dish in Asia. Usually serves during wedding banquet or even for celebration like Chinese new year. […]

COLD PLATE APPETIZER


SWEET MAYONNAISE PRAWNS 4
This sweet mayonnaise prawns are absolutely our family’s favorite. Traditionally served as one of the Chinese cold-plate appetizers in special occasion like wedding banquet, parties, etc, this sweet mayonnaise prawns are popular in Asia. The prawns are coated with batter and then deep-fried. That one isn’t all that special. Once […]

SWEET MAYONNAISE PRAWNS