After coming home from a trip, I like to make a dish that reminds me of the place I visited, just so I can keep the vacation buzz lasting months after my return.
So when I recently finished processing the 2,000 images I took from my recent Australian adventure, I felt I wanted more to […]Read the full post →
This weekend’s Super Bowl will be played in chilly New Jersey. So for my friends in the Northeast, I’m prescribing a nice hot bowl of chili.
But when deciding to cook up a pot of chili, I decided to add a twist and use one of my favorite new beef cut – beef cheeks.
I […]Read the full post →
It’s officially winter, so it makes sense to drink winter melon soup.
Winter melon, known as “dong gua” in Cantonese, is actually a fruit (similar to watermelon) but eaten as a vegetable like squash. Originating from Southern China, it’s popular in a lot of Southeast Asian cuisine like Vietnamese and Filipino. Of course, my Mom […]Read the full post →
I can be pretty “bah humbug” around the holidays, but I can’t escape all the delicious-looking baking that happens around this time. So earlier this week when I needed to make something for our office holiday party, I decided to try a recipe I saved from last year.
This chocolate crinkles recipe is actually pretty […]Read the full post →
I know what you’re thinking – why pickle cherries?
I was thinking the same thing when I had them at a restaurant. It was used in a salad and as garnishes for cocktails.
Cherries have a very short season, and with the season almost over, some of the last few cherries are coming off soft, […]Read the full post →
In my last trip to visit my family in Honolulu, I went to lunch with my Mom and sister in Chinatown and they ordered this dish that I never had growing up – shredded pork and pickled vegetables in rice noodles.
Now, the combination of pork and pickled vegetables is classic in Chinese cooking. There’s […]Read the full post →
I’ve been back from Spain for more than two weeks, but I’m still thinking about the food I enjoyed there, especially from the food vendors at the La Boqueria market in Barcelona.
So one night when I wanted to make something simple and light, I remembered the brilliant squid dish I had that was simply […]Read the full post →
During the holiday break, I had the downtime to try some new recipes from a few of the new cookbooks I got. So I flipped through the pages of Alan Wong’s “The Blue Tomato” cookbook and landed on his Singapore-style Coconut-Kim Chee-Curry Seafood Stew recipe.
I love the idea of Singapore. I love kim […]Read the full post →
The story goes that a Chinese chef working at a major Waikiki hotel in the 1960s wanted to create a dish that was reminiscent of his homeland but with a new twist. So he poached a chicken and created a ginger-scallion dipping sauce, and the dish became so popular that it was copied all over […]Read the full post →
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