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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

Tomato Rice

We prepared this deliciously easy tomato rice dish during our Penang Cooking Class, which was served with Penang Achar and Chicken Rendang.  Of all the dished we made during this class, this is probably the only one I could manage at home (aka this was the easiest to prepare and took the least amount of … Continue reading

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! May 5th commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In the US, this date is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, which in present day loosely translates to people drinking a whole lot of tequila and cerveza. … Continue reading

Aji De Gallina

Aji De Gallina is a traditional pulled chicken dish with aji sauce that we prepared as the main entrée in the Peruvian Cooking Class in Lima.  It is a stew of chicken strips in a cheese sauce served with rice and boiled egg. Because of time constraints, our instructor pre-cooked the chicken itself prior to our arrival. Chef … Continue reading

Tequila Lime Rice

I ended up liking the idea of soaking the sauce from Tequila Lime Shrimp into the rice so much that made a second batch of the sauce just to cook especially with the rice.  Basically, I just tweaked the Tequila Lime Shrimp recipe portions of the “margarita sauce” and then added cooked rice to the … Continue reading

Mama Goose’s Golubtsy

After tasting the stuffed cabbage rolls at Sammy’s Roumanian Steak House, Jen and I had been craving this dish at home. This dish is common in many ethnic cuisines of Europe and Asia, and consists of cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of fillings.  In Europe, the dish traditionally uses meat as a filling … Continue reading

Baked Peppers Stuffed with Ground Beef, Wild Rice & Goat Cheese

It had been a while since I planned a big dinner, and I decided I wanted to make a Mediterranean feast!  I had fallen in love with Stuffed Capsicums (Peppers) while I was in Greece, and it was one of the first recipes I tried after buying The Essential Mediterranean Cookbook.  I decided to ramp … Continue reading

Mushroom Risotto

Growing up in a Chinese household, I ate steamed white rice by the buckets.  When I had first heard of risotto, the idea of essentially soggy, mushy rice did not sound too appealing. It was not until recently that I tried risotto that I realized I had been missing out! I was preparing a meal … Continue reading

King Sing Chinese Cuisine, CA

King Sing Chinese Cuisine Assorted Cold Platter 501 Balboa Street San Francisco, CA 94118 Cuisine: Chinese Attire: Casual My family and I came here for dinner on a Sunday to celebrate three generations of birthdays — my uncle, cousin and nephew. We enjoyed a pre-fixed dinner menu with about 9 dishes for twleve people. Some … Continue reading

Chinese-Style Steamed Fish

Chinese-style steamed fish is an incredibly simple and healthy dish that is a great alternative to greasier, fried dishes that tend to predominate Chinese restaurant menus.  When my mom came to visit me in NYC, I asked her to show me how to properly steam a fish, including the process of selecting a fish in … Continue reading