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Pad Thai

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

Food Comas: Top 10 in 2013

Happy 2014 everyone!  Thanks for all your support in 2013 and best wishes for the new year. Also see: Food Comas: Top 10 in 2012 Food Comas: Top 10 in 2011 Food Comas: Top 10 in 2010 TOP 10 RECIPES in 2013 1. Baked Fish Tacos 2. Poached Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Tomato 3. … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Eve in Singapore

It’s been over a year since I had moved to Singapore, and I am glad to say that I am starting to feel a lot more settled here.  With that, I decided it was about time to introducing some new traditions to my expat life. Back in New York, Natalya and I had hosted Thanksgiving … Continue reading

Thai Basil Roasted Chicken with Roasted Tomatoes

Thai Basil Chicken is one of my favorite Thai dishes… however, this is not a recipe for that.  My Asian stir-fry and chili consumption had been a bit excessive of late and I was looking to cook something a bit blander and healthier.  I decided to go more towards the American-Italian grilled chicken pesto dishes … Continue reading

Brazilian Cooking Class

As I typically do on all my travels, I signed up for a cooking class as soon as I arrived in Brazil.  It was winter and the weather was a bit dreary during the week I was in Rio de Janeiro.  Cooking classes are a great rainy day activity (although I would do it even … Continue reading

Moqueca Baiana

Moqueca baiana which translates to “Bahian stew” in Portugese is literally that — a delicious Brazilian seafood stew originating from the Bahia state in the Northeast region of the country.  This dish is influenced by African cuisine, which is most noticeable in its use of palm oil.  Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil made … Continue reading

Peruvian Cooking Class – Dinner

After landing in Lima on my Peru travels, one of the first orders of business was scheduling a Peruvian cooking class. Natalya had taken a class with Sky Kitchen when she was in Lima several years ago and she highly recommended it. She took the class with the lunch dishes, which she wrote about here: … Continue reading

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

Mee Goreng (Fried Noodles)

I am a huge fan of any stir-fried noodle dishes, and my favorite is definitely the Hong Kong-style Chow Mein my Dad cooks.  Thus, it was unsurprising to find an equal love for the Mee Goreng dish upon my move to Southeast Asia.  Mee Goreng derived from Chinese chow mein, which was most likely was … Continue reading

Chicken Rendang

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