Chinese Braised Peanuts


I usually count on canned braised peanuts whenever the recipe calls for them. I decided to make them in my own kitchen this time for Chinese Glutinuois Rice. Use the slow cooker, and you don’t have to keep an eye on them as they soak up the flavors of spice, soy sauce and rock sugar. They are tasty as appetizer, Read More

Crispy Fried Shallots


In many of my recipes, I have referred to these crispy, fragrant shallot bits as the miracle topping. Sprinkle a few teaspoons of these on top of vegetable stir-fry, fried rice, fried noodles, or just about any Asian dishes, it always add a heavenly touch to your dishes. For years, I have been relying on Hua Jie’s fried shallots that Read More

Chicken Shawarma


Last summer, I was looking for a place to get some takeout lunch for picnic by the Monterey bay. I stumbled upon Dametra Fresh Mediterranean. Tried their Chicken Shawarma wrap with Tzaziki sauce. It was so good! Light, refreshing, and tasty. We went back to Monterey 3 more times over the summer, and every single time I had to stop Read More

Saffron Almond Rice Pilaf


When I came across this Saffaron Almond Rice Pilaf recipe years back, I discovered so many firsts: First time I bought saffaron and found out that a tiny pinch of saffaron costs a bomb! First time I discovered that the Jasmine rice I grew up with have a cousin called Basmati Rice First time that I found out you can Read More

Cheese Blintzes


  The holidays and the unexpected stress fracture in my foot has put me out of action for almost two months. Although the doctor insists that I have stay in that bulky healing boot to stabilize the foot, I am determined  to cook and blog a recipe this week. I’ve chosen to try Tyler Florence Blueberry Blintzes on Food Network Read More

Apple Crumble with Pumpkin Ice Cream


This Thanksgiving, I created the Apple Crumble and Pumpkin Ice Cream recipe to incorporate the best of apple and pumpkin pie into one dessert on our dinner menu. The pumpkin ice cream turned out to be the star of the dessert ensemble. In this recipe, I attempted to make the chocolate leaves and pumpkin puree from scratch. Making chocolate leaves Read More

Pumpkin Apple Bread


Tis the season of apples and pumpkins. This moist pumpkin apple bread is a perfect blend of the two Fall favorite ingredients. The treat: savor the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg while it bakes in the oven. Its one of the signature in our home that Fall is here. Ingredients 16 oz fresh pumpkin puree 1 granny smith apple, chopped Read More

Spiced Apple Stew


Happy Fall. Its the season for apples, I counted there are some 7 different types of apples on display in TJ! Hillary just texted me to ask how to cook stewed apples. Well, this can’t be easier if you have a slow cooker. Its a 5-minute prep before you go to bed, and wake up to some tender, juicy spiced Read More

Vegan Claypot Sensation


Vegan ham, carrots, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots simmered for more than an hour… I was hoping that it will turn out like Claypot Sensation in Vegetarian House. Alas, this vegan ham is not the same as that vegan ham. No matter how long I stew it, it does not get as soft as what is available in the restaurant. Otherwise, Read More

Durian Cream Pie


  This is my contribution for the 49th Goumet Club meet: The Unified Theory of Deliciousness. The host of the club meet says “go take your favorite non Asian dish and go make it Asian OK?”. So I deconstructed my favorite Banana Cream Pie recipe and decided to substitute the banana with durian. This goes beyond Asian, its really South Read More

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