Cucumber Thyme Fizz

I was planning a get together with a new friend and offered to serve wine and dessert. She told me that she cannot take alcohol as she will break into hives 😔. I really want to serve something fun and refreshing for our first get-together. Ingredients 2 oz cucumber juice 1.5 oz lemon juice 1.5 oz simple syrup 1 oz Read More

Spring Mix Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

I’ve recently fallen in love with pomegranate juice. A huge bottle of POM Wonderful at Costco costs less than ten bucks and its pack full of nutrients in every glass. I experimented with different recipes incorporating pomegranate juice. The real winner is this Spring Mix salad with pomegranate vinaigrette. Leafy greens, crisp Envy apples, tart Cransins, crunchy candied pecans, grainy Read More

Crystal Dumplings (水晶包)- 2 ways

2nd successful attempt May 2022 Tried again in May in preparation for the 59th Gourmet Club meet. This time the result is perfect! The skin was translucent, chewy, and held the pleats well after steaming. The filling was delicate, savoury, and delicious. I am ready for the party! Alas, the much anticipated club meet was thwarted by Covid again with Read More


Ingredients 400g potatoes 120g minced pork 2 Tbsp minced chives 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground white pepper 1 Tbsp tapioca starch 2 Tbsp fries shallots 1 egg beaten with a pinch of salt Oil for deep frying Directions Peel and cut potatoes into small cubes. Steam over high heat for 15 minutes until soft and break apart easily. Mash Read More


Craving something sweet, sour, crunchy, and nutty? This is one of my favorite appetizer that will keep you coming back for more. Ingredients 600g cucumber, seeded and cut into 2-inch strips 300g cabbage, cut into cubes 300g French beans, cut into 2-inch pieces 300g carrots, cut into 2-inch strips 3 fresh red chilli, seeded A handf fresh green chilli, seeded Read More

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

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