Thai Cooking Class

Teacher Kelly

Thailand still remains Southeast Asia’s most popular destination and luckily for me, it’s just a hour or so flight away from Singapore. I had been to Bangkok about a year ago, although at the time the area was congested with the city’s usual traffic mayhem rather than the current political demonstrations. I recently stopped by … Continue reading

Cashew Nut Chicken

Cashew Nut Chicken

Cashew Nut Chicken is a Thai stir-fry dish with Chinese origins, but tweaked to pack more heat. The preparation felt like most Chinese stir-fry recipes my Dad taught me, especially when we marinated the chicken with Chinese cooking wine, oyster sauce and then mixed with flour. The unique flavor for this Thai dish came from … Continue reading

Pad Thai

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I have attempted pad thai before (see my Shrimp and Tofu Pad Thai) but I admit I never could get it quite right. My noodles were either too soggy or the sauce just too sweet. I finally got the chance to redeem myself during my Thai Cooking Class in Phuket and now I am more … Continue reading

Causa

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Causa is a unique Peruvian dish made of potatoes (shocker, I know) that are mashed and seasoned with key lime, onion, chili, and oil.  The mashed potatoes are then layered with a variety of stuffings, such as avocado, chicken, canned tuna, or shellfish.  This potato salad “cake” is usually served cold.  Causa is very popular … Continue reading

Balinese Cooking Class

Balinese Cooking Class

Bali is one of the world’s most popular island destinations with its beautiful beaches, rugged mountains, lush rice terraces, cultural and historical attractions, and top diving and surfing spots… this paradise has something for everyone! The first time I traveled to Bali was in 2008 with Natalya, during which we did plenty of the “touristy … Continue reading

Tum Ayam (Minced Chicken in Banana Leaf)

Tum Ayam (Minced Chicken in Banana Leaf)

Tum Ayam is another popular Balinese dish that is cooked in the same method as Pepes Ikan (steamed fish version) and otak-otak.  To prepare this dish, minced chicken is mixed together with flavorful spices and coconut milk, wrapped snugly in banana leaves, and then is steamed or grilled. We used the recipe below during my … Continue reading

Chicken Rendang

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Rendang is a spicy meat dish that originated from Indonesia, and is a very popular dish throughout Southeast Asia.  The dish is rich in spices and traditionally takes about four hours to cook.  The meat pieces are usually slow cooked in coconut milk and a paste of mixed ground spices called pemasak (usually ginger, galangal, tumeric, … Continue reading

Penang Cooking Class

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One of the best parts about being in Singapore is… well, how easy it is to get out.  Singapore’s central location in Southeast Asia makes it the ultimate travel hub for quick weekend getaways.  My goal is to travel at least once a month and so far, I’m right on track!  I tend to choose … Continue reading

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Since I moved to Singapore, one of the most difficult things to adapt to here has been the weather.  Going from the intense humidity outside and the full blast air conditioning inside has revealed my immune system is really not up to par, and sadly I have gotten sick almost on a monthly basis.  During … Continue reading

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Thomas Keller's Buttermilk Fried Chicken

“If there’s a better fried chicken out there, I haven’t tasted it.” — Thomas Keller, Ad Hoc at Home To be honest, I still have a torrid love affair with BonChon’s Soy Garlic Fried Chicken, but Thomas Keller has a point.  His buttermilk fried chicken is the most incredible, traditional American-style fried chicken I have ever tasted.  … Continue reading

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