Starters

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. […]

Baked Curry Puffs

Baked Curry Puffs

When I made Argentinian empanadas, I was thinking how perfect the pastry would be for curry puffs, a street snack that’s popular in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. They are typically deep fried but I find the baked version to be just as tasty. There is […]

Stir-Fried Cuttlefish with Mixed Veggies

Stir-Fried Cuttlefish with Mixed Veggies

A stir-fried dish that originated in Penang, Malaysia, jiu hu char consists of dried cuttlefish (jiu hu), jicama, cabbage, carrots and leeks. It’s considered a Peranakan dish, created by descendants of Chinese immigrants from the Fujian province who combined the flavors of Chinese and Malay fare […]

Vietnamese Chicken & Banana Flower Salad

Vietnamese Chicken & Banana Flower Salad

When I first came across banana flowers at a market, I had no idea what they were. They were large, purplish-red in color and kind of heavy. Fast forward a few months later, I was invited to a potluck at my friends’ home and one of the […]

Argentinian Chicken Empanadas

Argentinian Chicken Empanadas

A few days ago, the World Cup hoopla was at a fever pitch. Mind you, I’m not a sports fan but everyone else around me seems to be one. All I heard for days was about Argentina and Germany, and who’s going to win. I […]

Dongbei (Northeast China) Noodle Salad Recipe

Dongbei (Northeast China) Noodle Salad Recipe

When I was in the Yunnan province, I went to a restaurant that specializes in cuisine from northeast China (Dongbei region). Amidst the heavy meat dishes, the vegetarian sweet potato glass noodle salad really stood out to me. Every bite had the perfect balance of sweet, salty […]

Portuguese Calamari Salad Recipe

Portuguese Calamari Salad Recipe

My friends and I took a 4-day trip to Faro, Portugal, and spent a day at Deserta Island. It’s a gorgeous island with 11 km of white sand and a pretty deserted beach in October. There’s only one restaurant on the island which makes the […]