Recipes

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 […]

Chinese Roast Pork Belly

Chinese Roast Pork Belly

  I had to post this recipe ASAP because it’s just that good and so easy to make! Chinese roast pork belly is one of my favorite dishes to eat, but I always thought it was difficult to make. Crispy skin and succulent meat? How […]

Roasted Lemongrass Chicken Thighs

Roasted Lemongrass Chicken Thighs

This has become my go-to dish when I want a twist to the usual roast chicken recipes. It’s a culmination of Southeast Asian flavors such as lemongrass, fish sauce and soy sauce, with the sweetness of honey and a dash of tart lemon. Enjoy with […]

Thai Pumpkin & Chicken Curry

Thai Pumpkin & Chicken Curry

There’s something comforting about a hot steaming bowl of Thai curry when the weather gets cooler. These curries are loaded with sweet, salty, spicy and fresh flavors that ignite your taste buds. Pumpkin in particular adds a kick of natural sweetness and lots of nutrition […]

Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower

Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower

I have to confess, I’m not a huge cauliflower fan especially when it’s served raw or steamed without any other flavoring. However, a beachside café in Australia served up a roasted cauliflower dish that knocked my socks off! This may not be an exact recreation […]

Tuna Salad with a Zing

Tuna Salad with a Zing

Years ago, I used to go to a deli that made extremely flavorful tuna salads. You may eat it on its own or create a sandwich or a wrap with it. I don’t live in that city anymore so I dug deep into my taste […]

Cold Ramen (Hiyashi Chuka)

Cold Ramen (Hiyashi Chuka)

When summer hits and the weather becomes unbearably hot, we all want to eat something cold to refresh the body. In Japan, hiyashi chuka (chilled Chinese) is an incredibly popular cold ramen dish that everyone craves in summer. It’s not only easy to put together, […]

Spicy Steamed Otak-Otak (Fishcake)

Spicy Steamed Otak-Otak (Fishcake)

Found in various food establishments in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, otak-otak is a dish of chopped up fish or fish paste combined with spices, tapioca starch or eggs, and wrapped in banana leaves to be grilled or steamed. The name comes from the Malay and […]

Black Bean Veggie Patties

Black Bean Veggie Patties

My friend Maria is a genius at throwing things together and coming up with delicious dishes. A few years ago, she made black bean burger patties with flavors that were seared into my memory. This recipe is very much inspired by her addictive dish. To […]