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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

Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Salt

I adore grilling vegetables.  It makes it feel like summer — and not the sticky humid Singapore kind.  But the breezy, pool or beach side type of summer BBQ that you wish would never end. I picked up some zucchini to cook as a side dish for steak, as I was debating making the Zucchini and Almonds Natalya had made … Continue reading

Flank Steak with Salsa Verde

I was inspired to cook some steak with salsa verde one night after seeing a photo of the cooked dish posted online by my friends Kelmoe.  Good ‘ole social media influence! I decided to try a Jamie Oliver recipe and the results were quite delicious.  He recommends chopping all the herbs by hand for an authentic … Continue reading

Grilled Paprika Salmon with Tzatziki

I recently revisited an old recipe for Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Tarragon which involves a deliciously simple paprika and curry powder spice rub for the chicken.  I wanted to make a similar marinade for salmon, and so I found this flavorful recipe for a Moroccan spice-crusted salmon with tzatziki online.  The spiced salmon is grilled (I used my grill … Continue reading

Grilled Corn with Chili Lime Butter

  Another summer BBQ necessity is grilled corn on the cob.  The fresh sweet corn from California is next to none, and so when I was back home preparing for my mom’s birthday dinner, she was very eager to point out her recently acquired stock of summer corn ears (she had gone Costco-warehouse-style, the entire … Continue reading

Elote (Mexican Grilled Corn on the Cob)

Dress up your regular corn on the cob Mexican-style for this lovely summer of grilling!  I first discovered this zesty dish at Nolita’s famed Café Habana, which is renowned for its bold tasting, Mexican style corn.  La Esquina is another elote outpost and one of my favorite local Latin American restaurants.  I think it’s blasphemy to dine … Continue reading

Yakitori Totto, NYC

Yakitori Totto Cuisine: Japanese, Yakitori Neighborhood: Midtown West Price: $60-80 per person including drinks, tax, tip Address: 251 West 55th Street 2nd Fl, NYC 10019 Phone: (212) 245-4555 Hours: Lunch: Mon – Fri 11:30am – 2:00pm Dinner: Mon – Thu 5:30pm – 12am // Fri – Sat 5:30pm – 1:00am // Sun & Holidays 5:30pm … Continue reading

Don’s Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar, NYC

Don’s Bogam BBQ & Wine Bar Cuisine: Korean barbeque Neighborhood: Koreatown Price: $25-30 per person for food + tax/tip Don’s Bogam has been my go-to Korean BBQ restaurant in NYC for the past few years and I personally think it serves the best KBBQ in town.  The only time I deviate from Don’s Bogam is … Continue reading

Grilled Tomatoes with Mozzarella

This is how my mom grills tomatoes and it’s my favorite grilled vegetable dish out there!  Elote (Mexican grilled corn) is very closely tied though… something about grilled veggies and smothering them in cheese is just irresistable. My mom typically serves this with barbequed spare ribs, corn, and rice.  Any barbequed meat will go well … Continue reading

Honey Lime Shrimp

I had a bunch of leftover tropical salsa from our Cajun Chicken with Pineapple and Mango Salsa recipe, and so I decided it was taco time!  I found a bunch of jumbo shrimp on sale at the store and I came across a recipe for Honey Lime Shrimp with Margarita Slaw that I wanted to … Continue reading