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Thai Cooking Class

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

Tom Yum

Tom Yum is a classic Thai spicy and sour soup that is packed with fragrant herbs. “Tom” means “to boil”, while “yum” refers to a mixture of things that tends to be spicy and sour. We prepared Tom Yum during our Thai Cooking Class in Phuket, and I found it was an incredibly easy soup … Continue reading

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

Chicken Stock

I know this post should have exited by now, because stock is almost a presumed ingredient in everyone’s cooking arsenal. But Jen and I have been a bit lazy with our own stock making, and since I had just made a Whole Roasted Chicken earlier in the week, the leftover bones were a perfect occasion … Continue reading

French Onion Soup

With fall upon us, even though the weather is still hot, I’ve been inspired to do more soup recipes. I’ve wanted to make my own French Onion Soup for ages, mostly because I am addicted to cheese (no joke) and it’s always such a satisfying appetizer. My friend Tori and I made this during one … Continue reading

Gazpacho

I’ve been trying to figure out what has incepted the gazpacho theme in my brain. At first it was Jen wanting to try something new. So I did by making White Gazpacho. Then I thought it was probably the fact that it is summer and thus the season for chilled soups. But I think ultimately … Continue reading

White Gazpacho

Jen has been meaning to make gazpacho for a while.  We both love cold, refreshing soups, especially in the summer. When the weather gets warmer, she always hints for me to mix up some Russian Holodnik, a chilled beet soup that’s very popular back in the motherland. Making gazpacho and the like is one of … Continue reading

Borsch

Borsch is a very traditional Russian beets-based stew. It is typically very heavy, savory, and perfect for cold winter nights. I think traditionally it came to be as a way to combine whatever vegetables were available with scraps of meat and fattiness into a hot stew. But I obviously had the option to use more … Continue reading

Vegetable Salsa Soup

When our group of friends rented a house together for a skiing & snowboarding weekend in Vermont, everyone decided to bring their own snacks, which somehow became BYOS (Bring Your Own Salsa).  Even after the weekend’s junk food fest, Natalya and I still ended up with a stockpile of salsa to take home (we never … Continue reading

Sunday Brunch

Brunching is one of my favorite things to do in Manhattan, as the city is packed with a plethora of brunch spots that can suit any desire for a traditional (Bubby’s) or nouveau American brunch (Five Points), an Asian Fusion brunch with a DIY Bloody Mary Bar (Double Crown), a Chinese dim sum brunch (Ping’s … Continue reading