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Pad See Ew (Thai Fried Rice Noodles)

Pad See Ew (Thai Fried Rice Noodles)

An extremely popular dish at just about every Thai restaurant in the US, pad see ew (translated to soy sauce noodles) is a humble street food that is now globally loved. I became enamoured with pad see ew at Pookie’s Thai Westlake, a popular restaurant […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey & Mint

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey & Mint

  A few years ago, I met up with my food-obsessed friends to try out a fairly new restaurant in Southern California. We decided to order a bunch of dishes to share and one of which was a roasted Brussels sprouts appetizer. One bite of […]

Roasted Za’atar Spiced Eggplant with Labneh

Roasted Za’atar Spiced Eggplant with Labneh

My friend Wuen has a natural talent for creating improvised dishes that always turn out beautiful and delicious. She invited us over for a Middle Eastern food fest at her place and I helped her cook a couple of dishes, one of which was grilled […]

Baked Malaysian Spicy Whole Fish

Baked Malaysian Spicy Whole Fish

  If you love spicy food, you’ll love this spicy baked fish! My friend Anita (queen of spices!) made this dish for me along with other deliciously spicy food. The marinade is a perfect blend of hot and sour, and infuses the fish with a […]

Oven Roasted Veggie Stack

Oven Roasted Veggie Stack

I’ve been thinking a lot about food plating lately. Taste is of utmost importance of course, and I’m happy to eat a plate of ugly food if it’s delicious. But lately I’ve been thinking of how we can get that fancy restaurant plating at home […]

Spicy Omelette Inspired by The Hundred Foot Journey

Spicy Omelette Inspired by The Hundred Foot Journey

Food-centered books and movies take our minds on culinary adventures to India, France, Italy, China and many more amazing food destinations. One of my favorite books, The Hundred Foot Journey, does just that by melding the food cultures of India and France into a delectable […]

Anita’s Gulai Lemak Udang (Malaysian Prawn Curry)

Anita’s Gulai Lemak Udang (Malaysian Prawn Curry)

My friend Anita grew up in a small village in Pahang, Malaysia and learned how to cook many amazing Malaysian and Indonesian dishes from her multi-talented parents. Her family descended from a Minang clan from Sumatra, Indonesia and they often improvise and substitute ingredients to […]

Anita’s Sambal Petai Sotong (Spicy Stink Beans & Squid)

Anita’s Sambal Petai Sotong (Spicy Stink Beans & Squid)

The shining star of this spicy Malay dish is petai, also known as the stink bean. It may be an acquired taste but I’m proof that one can actually learn to love it after years of turning my nose up at it! Yes, it is […]

Vegetarian Japchae: Korean glass noodles

Vegetarian Japchae: Korean glass noodles

I first discovered Japchae ages ago at an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ restaurant in Los Angeles. The side dish consisted of sweet potato “glass” noodles that were perfectly coated with soy sauce and sesame oil and tossed with an array of vegetables. I was hooked. I […]

Malaysian Festive Leftovers Stew

Malaysian Festive Leftovers Stew

  Every Chinese-Malaysian or Singaporean Peranakan family has their own version of Kiam Chye Boey (translated to salted vegetable leftovers). It’s basically a stew with leftover meats boiled with salted mustard greens, other fresh vegetables and assam (tamarind), and it will be cooked after a […]