For me coming from Southeast Asia, some European vegetables like endives and artichokes are exotic. When I was growing up, I did not even know these vegetables existed, let alone find them. My initial thought when I saw endives were that they are baby Napa cabbage. While Napa cabbage is seldom eaten raw except when [...]
Almost everyone of us have a few fallback dishes that we turn to time and time again. These are quick and easy recipes that can be prepared in a very short amount of time using pantry, fridge, or freezer staples. I always try to stock up on a variety of ingredients for that purpose because [...]
In the last decade, sushi has successfully penetrated American food culture. It has appeared in potlucks, picnics, buffets, and all manner of social gatherings. It has also taken its place in the deli section of many grocery stores in providing a gluten-free and healthy option. In short, sushi has come of age in America.
Rice cakes and patties are family favorites. They are so versatile and can be eaten hot or cold, at home or on the go. We enjoy them as snacks, appetizers, and entrees. Patties are also good as finger food. They vanish quickly at potlucks and social gatherings.
Pineapple Curry or Gulai Nenas is often made with shrimps but variations with fish and salted fish do exist. Although the anglicized term for gulai is also curry, it is distinctly different from curry in that the spice mix for gulai normally consists of fresh chilies, turmeric, lemongrass, belachan (shrimp paste), and tamarind. In many [...]
Claypots are one of my favorite kitchen cookware. A well seasoned pot is a joy to cook in. Food cooked in these pots are flavorful, moist, and tender. Most claypots can be placed on the stove tops and are able to withstand low to medium heat.