Young jackfruit is a very common vegetables in Indonesia. Each region has its own signature young jackfruit dish. In Medan where I grew up, our signature dish is probably this sayur gori – jackfruit stew in coconut milk. This dish involves a long list of spices and aromatics, but I guarantee that it is a […]
What is your favorite dressing? Mine must be Japanese sesame dressing (胡麻和え – goma ae). This super easy dressing makes the most humble greens shine through. I make this dressing all the time and pair it everything from spinach, broccoli, watercress, yu choi, and of course, broccolini. Despite this broccolini sesame dressing recipe uses broccolini, […]
Yu choi is probably the most common Chinese greens served in any Chinese restaurant the world over, and this recipe for yu choi oyster sauce stir fry is truly a classic. Simply master the sauce recipe, and the world of wonderful Chinese greens stir fry will be yours.
If you love Indonesian pickle, a.k.a. acar, then you are most likely going to love this Japanese style pickled vegetables (和風ピクルス). They are both similar in that both typically includes cucumber and carrot. In Indonesian versions, you will see most recipes also include shallots and plenty of fresh bird eye chilies. The Japanese version usually […]
What do you do when you have plenty of eggs and cheese along with a bunch of vegetables you are trying to use up? My favorite solution is to turn them into crustless quiche. I am fully aware that people think of quiche as a standalone brunch/breakfast item, but in my home, we treat is […]
Eggplant is a very mild and bland vegetable, so I like to pair it with bold tasting sauce like Indonesian kecap manis and plenty of chilies. If you haven’t gotten to try Indonesian kecap manis, you are really missing out. Do yourself a favor and get one bottle already. Once you do, give this terong […]
How do you prepare your eggplant? Indonesian love to prepare eggplant dishes with plenty of sauce which goes really well with steamed white rice. One of my favorite eggplant dish is this terong saus tomat pedas – eggplant in spicy tomato sauce. A great thing about this dish is you can adjust the strength of […]
Asinan is an Indonesian dish where a combination of fruits and vegetables are cut and dice into small pieces and doused in a sweet, sour, and savory pickling liquid. Though I say pickle, there is almost no waiting time for the dish to mature other than chilling the whole thing in the fridge for a […]
Indonesia is home to hundreds of chili sauce and relish. The easiest one to make at home is this sambal tomat kecap – Indonesian tomato chili relish. Not only easy, this sambal tomat kecap is a favorite accompaniment for fried/grilled chicken, fish, tofu, and tempe dishes. It is considered a super basic chili sauce that […]
My number one favorite Japanese salad is potato salad, the next one is either this enoki crabstick salad with wasabi mayonnaise dressing or sarada no gomae (salad with sesame dressing). When I need a super quick and easy salad though, then this enoki crabstick salad is definitely the best choice. If you have everything handy, […]
In my house, I prepare miso soup at least once a week. Half of the time, I prepare my super basic miso soup, and half of the time, I prepare something a bit extra, like this enoki miso soup. If you have an easy access to Asian grocery stores that stock a pretty complete Japanese […]
This easy enoki shirataki stir fry is a very good Japanese vegetarian dish for those who need some quick filling meal. Shirataki is noodles made from konjac, and this thing is the perfect diet food since the calorie is negligible. You can treat this as a main noodle dish if you want, though I usually […]
Let’s talk a bit about this 15 minutes eggplant spicy soy sauce. I think this is an awesome summer dish because one, it takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish, and two, you only need your microwave for this. I don’t know about you, but I try to avoid staying in the kitchen […]
Several posts ago I shared my ube halaya recipe, and today I am going to share this lovely ube halaya spiral bread recipe with you. Don’t they just look like the prettiest bread with that lovely purple color? Though the bread looks complicated, I’m going to show you just how easy to make this look.
Kimchi is a really handy item to stock at home, it is refreshingly good as a side dish, or when cook with fried rice, and it is one of the easiest and tastiest Korean pancake you can make. Today I am sharing two recipes with you, a kimchi pancake recipe along with the recipe for […]
Ube halaya is a Philippine bread/pastry spread with a naturally pretty purple color. It can be enjoyed as is as dessert, but I prefer to treat it as spread for my morning toasts, or as filling for my bread rolls. Ube halaya is my second most favorite Asian spread, right after srikaya (egg and coconut milk […]