Rice


Turmeric rice / Nasi Kuning
Turmeric rice is a popular rice dish in Southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia we call it Nasi Kuning. The rich golden yellow color is perfect to celebrate special occasion such as birthday, wedding, baby shower, etc. The turmeric rice is usually stuffed into a cone-shape mould. So, it’s not unusual […]

Turmeric rice / Nasi Kuning


LEMPER AYAM / STICKY RICE CAKE WITH CHICKEN
Lemper Ayam is one of Indonesia’s popular snacks, one of my favorites !!! It is made of Sticky Rice/ Glutinous rice with shredded chicken meat wrapped in it. Usually they are individually wrapped in banana leaves and then pan-fried to impart that leaves flavor into the cake. The chicken meat and […]

LEMPER AYAM / STICKY RICE CAKE WITH CHICKEN


ROASTED CHICKPEAS FRIED RICE 4
Chickpeas or known as garbanzo beans is one of my favorite beans. I’ve never had chickpeas before until I came to the U.S. almost 1.5 decades ago and I was hooked ever since. I like it on salad, curry dishes, and of course roasted. Not too long ago, a Burmese […]

ROASTED CHICKPEAS FRIED RICE



KIMCHI FRIED RICE/GIMCHI BOKKEUM BAP
When I said that you could put anything you want in your fried rice, this is another example, kimchi fried rice. I often have kimchi in the fridge. And we almost always have left over rice in our house. Sometimes, I intentionally cook more so that I can resort to fried […]

KIMCHI FRIED RICE/GIMCHI BOKKEUM BAP


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


SPICY RICE, BEANS, AND AVOCADO WRAP
This recipe came up after scanning through the refrigerator and pantry one afternoon. I wanted something quick, healthy, spicy and delicious (not too much to ask I suppose 😉 ). I wasn’t in the mood for cooking that day (believe it or not!). Saw some leftover brown rice and immediately […]

SPICY RICE, BEANS, AND AVOCADO WRAP



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


SWEET STICKY RICE DUMPLINGS / LUPIS
Lupis or sweet sticky rice dumplings is one of my very favorite childhood snacks/dessert. This popular triangle-shape sweet dumplings in Indonesia is usually coated with grated coconut and smothered in the delicious dark palm sugar or known as gula Jawa/gula aren. There aren’t much ingredients involved in the making, but […]

SWEET STICKY RICE DUMPLINGS / LUPIS


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



ARROZ CON GANDULES / RICE WITH PIGEON PEAS
Arroz con gandules or rice with pigeon peas is Puerto Rican signature dish. I’ve never had it before and decided to give it a try when I saw it in the Puerto Rican Cookery cookbook by Carmen Aboy Valldeyjuli. Arroz con gandules is usually served during holiday time or in […]

ARROZ CON GANDULES / RICE WITH PIGEON PEAS


GYU DONBURI / BEEF BOWL
I always have a thing for Japanese food. Mention the word sashimi, and you can literally see me salivating like the Pavlov’s dog (not a pretty sight I know, but you get what I mean). I actually made my husband promised to bring me to eat lots and lots of […]

GYU DONBURI / BEEF BOWL


RICE WITH CRABS / ARROZ CON JUEYES
Arroz con Jueyes or known as rice with crabs is one of the one-pot dish that our family really enjoy. This classic Puerto Rican rice dish is rich orange-red in color thanks to the achiote seeds or also known as annato seeds. Achiote seeds are widely used in Filipinos, Spanish, […]

RICE WITH CRABS / ARROZ CON JUEYES



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


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


NASI LEMAK/COCONUT MILK RICE
Nasi lemak or coconut milk rice is a popular breakfast food in Indonesia and I believe also at its neighboring countries like Malaysia and Singapore. Nasi means rice in Indonesian language, and lemak means fat (the fat from the coconut milk). The rice is cooked with coconut milk, and flavored […]

NASI LEMAK/COCONUT MILK RICE



FRIED RICE WITH SHALLOTS
Shallots are one of the important ingredients in Southeast Asian kitchen. Shallots are used in fresh cooking in addition to being pickled. Finely sliced, deep-fried shallots are used as a condiment in Asian cuisine on rice dishes, noodle dishes, etc. Shallot are somewhat taste like onion, but it is milder […]

FRIED RICE WITH SHALLOTS


RICE AND BEEF POCKETS
I always love the idea of wrapped food that is steamed, or fried or baked. It’s like discovering something amazing within. This rice and beef pockets are ones of example how rice and beef wrapped in phyllo pastry can be absolutely delicious. When you bite into the crunchy phyllo pastry, […]

RICE AND BEEF POCKETS


ASIAN-STYLE RISOTTO
It took me few rounds of eating risotto before I can say “I kinda like risotto”. The first time I cooked it, it didn’t turn out too good. The texture was off and I thought gosh…risotto can’t be that bad. Well, I didn’t get it right. Then few more rounds […]

ASIAN-STYLE RISOTTO



PRESSED CALIFORNIA SUSHI
Enough sushi already you would say ? Well, please bear with me while I’m sharing with you this last one sushi that I made, pressed California sushi. No rolling of sushi in involved on this one. The sushi rice is pressed into a pan instead. In Japan, an Oshi waku […]

PRESSED CALIFORNIA SUSHI


CHICKEN TERIYAKI ROLLS
The fun part about making sushi is you can pretty much roll in (or roll out) whatever you wish. These chicken teriyaki rolls are just one of the example. I also rolled in some avocados and spinach leaves. These rolls can be a complete meal on its own. These will […]

CHICKEN TERIYAKI ROLLS


INARI SUSHI
Inari sushi is one of my favorite sushi that is very simple to make. Inari sushi is typically made of a deep-fried tofu skin pouch, called aburaage in Japanese, stuffed with seasoned sushi rice. Aburaage are skins made by lifting the skin off soy milk and drying it. The aburaage […]

INARI SUSHI



TONKATSU INSIDE-OUT ROLLS
The other fun part about making sushi is you can pretty much roll them with whatever ingredient you like. Sushi doesn’t always have to come with fishes, at least not to me. The typical sushi roll is made with the seaweed expose to the outside. With the inside-out rolls, the […]

INSIDE-OUT TONKATSU ROLLS


LEMON PEPPER CRAB SUSHI BOATS
Before I say anything else, this lemon pepper crab sushi boats has definitely become one of my favorites. The first bite into the sushi and I think the nerves on my tongue immediately sent signals to my brain and I my respond was like “WOW! The sweetness of the crab […]

LEMON PEPPER CRAB SUSHI BOATS


CLAYPOT CHICKEN RICE 9
Claypot chicken rice is usually a dinner dish in the southern regions of China, Singapore and Malaysia. It is typically served with Chinese sausage and vegetables. More often than not, the rice is cooked in the claypot first and cooked ingredients like diced chicken and Chinese sausage are added in […]

CLAYPOT CHICKEN RICE



HOW TO MAKE PORRIDGE 4
Making porridge is pretty common in our household. I often make it for breakfast. I decided to write this post because I used to not sure how much water I needed to add in to get the result I wanted. The consistency of the porridge though can vary depending on […]

HOW TO MAKE RICE PORRIDGE (UPDATED)


CHECK RICE
Check rice is a Liberian specialty that is often served in special occasion to accompany other dishes. The rice is usually prepared with greens called jute leaf. Jute leaf is an edible leaf from certain types of jute plants and often used to thicken soups, stews and sauces. Jute leaf […]

CHECK RICE


INDONESIAN STEAMED RICE WITH CHICKEN / NASI TIM AYAM
This Indonesian-style steamed rice with chicken is another one of our family’s recipe and my all-time favorite that I’d love to share with you. Known as nasi tim ayam at my home town, this famous dish is favorite among the local and commonly sold at the Chinese eatery places in […]

INDONESIAN STEAMED RICE WITH CHICKEN / NASI TIM AYAM



CABBAGE ROLLS / KAALIKAARYLEET
Cabbage rolls are pretty common dish across Europe (from my own observation anyway). I’ve seen cabbage rolls recipe in several different European cookbooks. Like many other cabbage rolls, this Finnish cabbage rolls or known as kaalikaaryleet are stuffed with rice, cabbage and ground beef. The filling is then wrapped with […]

CABBAGE ROLLS / KAALIKAARYLEET


MACADAMIA AND PINEAPPLE RICE PILAF
Pilaf is always one of my favorite things to make. Why ? It’s a one-pot dish and I just love that when I don’t have much time at the kitchen. This macadamia and pineapple rice pilaf couldn’t be any happier and merrier in color and taste. I mean, there were […]

MACADAMIA AND PINEAPPLE RICE PILAF


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



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)


GLUTINOUS RICE CONES / ZONG ZI
I’ve never imagined making glutinous rice cones or known as zong zi in Chinese or bak cang in Hokkian dialect, on my own. I mean this was something I took for granted. Either my mom would make them or my aunt would make some or my dad would buy some. […]

GLUTINOUS RICE CONES / ZONG ZI / BAK CANG


30-MINUTE MEALS: PAN-FRIED SCALLOPS WITH SWEET CHILLI RICE AND GREENS 2
I always have a thing for jumbo scallops. They are so meaty and sweet on their own without having to put any other seasonings. I just love them so much. They are quick to prepare, however, it’s very easy to overcook them. Once you overcook them, they lost their tenderness […]

30-MINUTE MEAL: PAN-FRIED SCALLOPS WITH SWEET CHILLI RICE AND GREENS



SWEET STICKY RICE WITH COCONUT AND MANGO/ KHAO NIAW MAMUANG
I have linked sweet sticky rice with coconut and mango to Thailand almost immediately. It’s like one of the things you must try if you have not when you are in Thailand. This very simple dessert which also known as kaho niaw mamuang in Thai, is simply awesome. Sticky rice […]

SWEET STICKY RICE WITH COCONUT AND MANGO/ KHAO NIAW MAMUANG


ARROZ CON POLLO / RICE WITH CHICKEN
Arroz con pollo or rice with chicken is my kind of favorite dish to cook. Why ? It’s one-pot meal! Originated in Spain in the form of pilaf, arroz con polo has become staples in Latin America and throughout the Carribean. The chicken is infused with flavor from adobo rub. […]

ARROZ CON POLLO / RICE WITH CHICKEN


CINNAMON ORCHATA / CINNAMON RICE MILK 2
Horchata or some people call it orchata is a milk beverage usually made with rice, barley, sesame seeds and nuts like almond. Although they may share the same name, but they may vary in taste depending on what are used to prepare the beverage. Throughout Latin America and Europe, lots […]

CINNAMON HORCHATA / CINNAMON RICE MILK



CHICKEN, SAUSAGE AND SHRIMP JAMBALAYA
The word Jambalaya means “jumbled” or “mixed up” in French. I just actually learned of this too. Louisiana has some French influence which reflected in the cooking. The idea of Jambalaya is believed to be in the same philosophy with paella, kedgeree, and risotto. I always enjoyed Louisiana dish because […]

CHICKEN, SAUSAGE AND SHRIMP JAMBALAYA


HAKKA GROUND TEA RICE 2
I couldn’t be anymore excited to see Hakka ground tea rice (Lei Cha Fan) recipe in Relishing A Taste of Home cookbook by Pang Nyuk Yoon. I have always love..love..love this dish! okay..enough of the love! This is my comfort food. I never had this dish growing up. My first […]

HAKKA GROUND TEA RICE


NASI KEBULI/ BIRYANI RICE WITH FRIED CHICKEN
Nasi kebuli is Indonesian style rice cooked in broth along with spices and often served with meat or chicken. The dish is said to have the influenced from Middle Eastern cooking and Indian’s biryani. Nasi kebuli is particularly popular among the Arab community in Indonesia and Betawi people who lives […]

NASI KEBULI/ BIRYANI RICE WITH FRIED CHICKEN



MANSAF 4
Mansaf is a national dish of Jordan. This traditional lamb casserole is served at celebration such as wedding banquet, graduation party, etc and holiday festive like Eid El-Fitr (or what we called Idul Fitri in Indonesia) feast. The dish is cooked in monstrous portion to serve big crowds. I did […]

MANSAF


CHICKEN AND KALE RISOTTO WITH PINE NUTS AND BACON
I got this chicken and kale risotto with pine nuts and bacon recipe from Start Fresh cookbook by Tyler Florence. A friend asked me to share recipes that Fiorina likes. It can be challenging cooking for toddlers (at least mine). Overall, she has gotten better. She eats pretty much most […]

CHICKEN AND KALE RISOTTO WITH PINE NUTS AND BACON


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



SHRIMP AND CHICKEN ANKAKE DONBURI
This shrimp and chicken ankake donburi was one of my most favorite dishes prepared this week from Everyday Harumi cookbook by Harumi Kurihara. You know me, I am always bought into the idea of “something” served on top of rice, which is what the word donburi means, on rice. Quoting […]

SHRIMP AND CHICKEN ANKAKE DONBURI


KATSUDON
In Everyday Harumi cookbook by Harumi Kurihara, she shared that the word katsudon comes from katsudon, a deep-fried pork steak, and donburi, the word for a bowl of rice with an added ingredient on top. A typical katsudon is a bowl of hot rice with a tonkatsu steak on top […]

KATSUDON


GREEN PEA RICE
This green pea rice recipe is a great way to season your rice. Traditionally as shared by Harumi Kurihara in her Everyday Harumi cookbook, this rice is prepared with dashi stock, however, she made some modification by replacing the dashi stock with a mixture of sake, water and salt. As […]

GREEN PEA RICE