Indian Style Basmati Rice

Indian Style Basmati Rice

Prior to this year, my experience cooking Indian food has been limited and oftentimes daunting.  I was unfamiliar with a lot of the spices and I just wasn’t sure how it really was supposed to taste.  Back in Hong Kong, a friend had given me this beautiful traditional Indian spice box but I was embarrassingly terrible at remembering … Continue reading

Zucchini Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Zucchini Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Continuing from yesterday’s “less carb-y” recipe theme, here is another recently discovered favorite: zucchini noodles! Zucchini noodles can be made a number of ways.  In the beginning, I would julienne the zucchini into long strips all by hand.  It took me a year to discover there were actual kitchen gadgets designed to make life easier and I haven’t … Continue reading

Seared Scallops with Bacon, Peas, and Red Quinoa

Seared Scallops with Bacon, Peas, and Red Quinoa

Seared scallops had always been one of those dishes that seemed best left to the restaurant experts.  Delicately juicy on the inside with a perfectly caramelized crust on the outside − it’s any seafoodie’s dream! When I decided to try to tackle cooking these oceans gems myself at home, I started to do my usual cooking tutorial research … Continue reading

Thai Lemongrass Roast Chicken

Thai Lemongrass Roast Chicken

This recipe is on my MVP list of whole roasted chicken recipes.  Yes, that list exists. The marinade for this chicken is incredibly delicious and jam-packed with flavor.  It is sweet, spicy, salty, savory, and basically fool-proof.  All my favorite things when it comes to cooking! This recipe seems to be a slightly westernized version of the traditional Thai grilled chicken (Gai … Continue reading

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Thai Chicken Satay (Satay Gai)

    Chicken satay is a classic appetizer of grilled skewered chicken that is marinated in all the savory spices characteristic of Southeast Asian cuisine: turmeric, coriander, lemongrass, garlic and chili powder.  While satay is internationally known as a popular Thai appetizer, the dish actually originated in Indonesia where it is a national dish. Regardless of its origins, chicken satay is … Continue reading

Thai Minced Chicken Salad (Larb Gai)

Thai Minced Chicken Salad (Larb Gai)

Thai cuisine week continues!  As referenced in my previous post, a few of the primary methods of preparation for Thai salad dishes are: Yam (“mix”), Tam (“pounded”), and Larb (“to mince meat”). Larb is probably the most internationally recognized type of Thai salad.  It is most commonly made with minced pork or chicken that is tossed with fresh herbs and a dressing that is … Continue reading

Thai Spicy Sprimp and Pomelo Salad

Thai Spicy Shrimp and Pomelo Salad

This week on Food Comas is dedicated to Thai cuisine! Normally around this time in Hong Kong, the summer season would be in full swing.  Beaches would be full and the waters packed with junk boats on all-day booze cruises.  As for us and our beach-obsessed dogs, we would usually be found romping around any remotely clean … Continue reading

veggie mushroom, kale, black bean enchilada

Mushroom, Kale, and Quinoa Enchiladas

I may be a little late to the kale craze, but keep in mind, I have been living in Asia for the last few years!  The whole “organic” and “farm-to-table” concept in Asia seemed to only really take off maybe three years ago.  When I first moved to Hong Kong in 2014, there were only a couple organic food and vegetable-focused … Continue reading

Whole Roasted Artichokes

Whole Roasted Artichokes

On one of my trips back to the Bay Area, I was tasked with cooking dinner for my parents and sister.  I planned to make a Simple Roast Chicken and was looking for some vegetables to serve as a side dish.  I picked up a colorful assortment of cherry tomatoes, asparagus, and baby potatoes from Trader Joe’s when I … Continue reading

Pickled Red Onions

Quick Pickled Red Onions

Pickled red onions are one of my favorite condiments to pile on top of grilled fish or pulled pork tacos.  I had a craving for a taco feast this week and decided to make my favorite Baked Fish Tacos.  Along with the standard classics Guacamole and Pico de Gallo, I decided to whip up a … Continue reading