Starters

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Joyce’s Spicy Thai Pomelo Salad

Joyce’s Spicy Thai Pomelo Salad

One of the best things about traveling is the opportunity to invigorate the taste buds with a myriad of flavors, textures and sensations. When it comes to having food that is not only scrumptious but also incredibly exciting, Thailand can’t be beat. My friend Wuen […]

Wuen’s Smoked Salmon Salad

Wuen’s Smoked Salmon Salad

  My friend Wuen should be a contestant on one of those cooking competition TV shows. She can think up a dish on the spot and create something that is not only visually stunning but is also incredibly delicious. I watched as she put together this dish and […]

Potato Parsnip Soup

Potato Parsnip Soup

Ten years ago, my friend and I had lunch at an Italian restaurant near our workplace. It was a cold, possibly rainy day and we just wanted something hot and filling. The daily special was potato parsnip soup and while we thought that it sounded […]

Pan-Fried Potstickers

Pan-Fried Potstickers

Impress your friends and family by making your own potstickers for your next potluck or dinner party! Better yet, make it a potsticker party and have your friends over to help you make them. The dough and filling are incredibly easy to make but it […]

Green Apple & Carrot Salad

Green Apple & Carrot Salad

  Years ago, one of my best friends visited me from England and made this amazing salad for dinner. She learned how to make this dish from her good friend from Oman, so this recipe has inadvertently traveled around the globe! I was unfamiliar with […]

Indonesian Corn Fritters

Indonesian Corn Fritters

Anyone who knows me well can attest to my obsession with corn. I like it in all preparations – grilled, in salads, in soups, as ice cream (sweet corn ice cream can’t be beat!), cooked in Japanese potato croquettes and sprinkled on top of pizza. […]