Copycat Postino Crispy Cauliflower

One of the new dishes I learned after moving to Scottsdale is Crispy Cauliflower at Postino. It was always an item that we pass on when we look at the menu as no one in the family like cauliflower. During one visit, I heard a server mention that it comes with a to-die-for romesco sauce. That piqued my interest, and Read More

Truffle Mushroom Quinotto

We tried mushroom quinotto at one of the Los Angeles restaurants over the New Year holiday. I liked the taste of the browned mushrooms, the texture of the quinoa, and the flavor of truffle permeating the grains. It has quite a long list of ingredients for an all-in-one dish, but if you have home-made chicken broth and the fresh herbs Read More

Fried Ikan Bilis and Peanuts

I received a jar of sambal chilli over the holidays from my friend Sheong. For many week’s I’ve been thinking how best to enjoy this prized possesion. What else? its Nasi Lemak! I haven’t been cooking much since moving to Scottsdale. This jar of sambal really came in handy. Whipping up Sambal Ikan Bilis couldn’t be easier with this ready-made Read More

Baked Penne with Chicken and Mushrooms

The theme for the 57th Gourmet Club meet was Martha Stewart Christmas. Our esteem club member Lee Lee brought baked penne based on Martha’s recipe. Lee Lee advised that she adjusted Martha’s recipe quite a bit and added spicy sausage and fresh herbs. It was so good and I had to try it again at home. Here’s the modified recipe. Read More

Holiday Charcuterie Board

After 9 months of hiatus, I am glad to make my last post of the year before 2019 is over. It’s been a year of moving and traveling for the entire family. Very thankful that we ended the year in good health and good spirits. We are very grateful that to celebrate the holidays with dear friends and family at Read More

Ginger Kale Smoothie

For the longest time, the girls have been trying to convince me to try the ‘Green Juice’. I’ve never been a fan of raw vegetables, and had a hard time imagining grinding it into juice and drinking it? Hillary was staying over with me over the weekend and really, really wished she could have a glass of ‘Green Juice’ and Read More

Beancurd Roll in Oyster Sauce (鲜竹卷)

ABC in Foster City is closed 🙁! We miss the dim sum, especially the beancurd roll in oyster sauce (鲜竹卷). It is one of the few non-seafood item on the menu that EK will eat. The black fungus and bamboo shoots add a little crunch to this savory dim sum. While it is not too difficult to prepare these rolls, Read More


This is another of those yummy dishes that I tried at Genwa in Los Angeles. I spent the whole morning preparing the banchan (side dishes) and bulgogi. The rest is just an assembly cexercise. It took much longer than I wanted, but I really enjoyed this colorful and healthy meal. Ingredients Beef bulgogi 200g spinach 3/4 lb soy bean sprouts Read More

Beef Bulgogi

The first time I tried Korean food was at Genwa in Los Angeles while visiting Hillary in UCLA. I was blown away by the bulgogi and a table full of Banchan. Since then, I have yet to find a Korean restaurant in the bay area that is as good as Genwa. We no longer make the trips to LA since Read More

Prosciutto Apple Flatbread

I tried this flatbread at Paul Martin’s Happy Hour a few weeks ago. I was amazed how tasty this combo of bread, cheese, apple, cured ham, and salad turned out. I have since replicated it twice at home and added minced garlic to the combo. It is delicious! Ingredients Pizza crust, soft taco, or any kind of flat bread Minced Read More

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