Otak Otak

I have an obsession with checking off items, especially when it has to do with food. Otak Otak is one item I didn’t check off on my must-eat list in Singapore. Ugh! There just wasn’t enough time and a stomach big enough to eat everything. Thankfully, two Mrs Lee’s cookbook by Shermay Lee accompanied me back to the US. There Read More

Citrus Upside Down Cake

I was at the store last weekend and saw citruses of various shades and sizes filling the bins. There is my favorite Cara Cara Oranges, Grapefruits, Pomelos, Blood Oranges, and of course the more common Navel Oranges. My brain was baking up an image of a colorful cake with slices of these different types of citrus. I substituted the pineapples Read More

Char Kuay Teow

Updated Feb 28th 2022 Just came back from Singapore. It was an awesome trip to see family & friends and tried many items on my MUST EAT list. One of the few regrets is that I only got to try Char Kway Teow once during this trip. The first time I saw a Char Kway Teow stall was in Boleh Read More

My Southeast Asian Charcuterie Board

We met Karen and Gus through a Meetup group and they have been very gracious hosts for all the events and activities that they organized. As newbies in Arizona, we are very fortunate to be included in their meetup group and was invited to attend their Christmas party last December. They have gone all out to host the most elaborate Read More

Indonesian Garlic Ginger Chicken

What is a chicken dish for Nasi Lemak that is not spicy and can be done with the basic ingredients available in the kitchen? I found Ina Garten’s Indonesian Garlic Ginger Chicken that needed only honey, soy sauce, garlic and ginger! I picked up a 4-lb chicken from the store, and the rest is easy peasy. Thanks for the simple, Read More

Asian Pickled Cucumber

I needed to make some pickled vegetables to round out my South East Asian charcuterie board at the last minute. As always, I can count on Mrs Leong’s Best of Singapore Cooking. This cookbook has accompanied me through countless hours in the kitchen. I’ve made only a quarter of the recipe and omitted the shallots. Easy last minute recipe, and Read More

Soy Sauce Chicken Noodle (油鸡麺)

I spent a lot of my childhood in Chinatown. My sister and I usually hang out at my Dad’s shop house. Sometimes we go next door and read in the World Bookstore (世界书局). Other times, we roam the alleys of Chinatown and checkout the street vendors. When it’s time for food, there are so many options to choose from. More Read More

Crispy Peanut Pancake (面煎粿)

Really craving this snack and found a recipe that doesn’t require starter nor yeast for the batter! The batter needs to rest for 30 minutes according the recipe. I made the peanut filling and prepared the batter the night before instead. Rested the batter overnight while I sleep and had a crispy, just-in-time breakfast right when I rolled out of Read More

Red Wine Sangria

May the last dinner of 2021 be the last Covid New Year Eve dinner for everyone. It’s been going on for way too long. We are exhausted! We stayed home in light of the Covid surge and made a simple pasta dinner. I made a red sangria to go with the pasta. It’s my first attempt and went with a Read More

Ambon Binka Honeycomb Cake

I have tried making Ambon Binka countless times. None had great success. This holiday mold came just in time for Christmas. I thought why not give it a try again? Much better. Can’t get enough chewiness out of mini cakelets however. Will try again in a larger square pan next time. Ingredients Starter 2 tsp active dry yeast 1 Tbsp all purpose Read More

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