Asian Cuisine · Soups & Salads

Carrot Soup with Miso and Ginger

I bought a 5 lb bag of baby carrots cleverly fooling myself that I’d munch on carrots instead of candy when the post-lunch sugar munchies kicked in. When lunch rolled by, I dutifully ate the carrots and then proceeded to dream about the candy corn and gummy bears waiting for me in the cubicle next… Continue reading Carrot Soup with Miso and Ginger

Appetizers & Side Dishes · Asian Cuisine · Pork · Seafood · Vegetarian

Chive Turnovers (韭菜盒子 – Jui Cai He Zi)

Vegetarian dishes that pretend to be like their meat counterparts have always struck a dissonant chord with me – why be something you can’t? Here’s a Chinese comfort food with a ton of flavor that won’t leave you saying “…and where is the meat?” This turnover is stuffed with jiu cai (Chinese garlic chives), clear… Continue reading Chive Turnovers (韭菜盒子 – Jui Cai He Zi)

Asian Cuisine · Cakes · Fruits

Japanese Cheesecake with White Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Mousse

Pressed for time. There are two elephants in the room staring at me every time I open the fridge: a six lb block of cream cheese and 2 liters of heavy cream. With an expiration date of March 1st looming, I scoured recipes that would utilize as much heavy cream and cream cheese as possible.… Continue reading Japanese Cheesecake with White Chocolate Balsamic Strawberry Mousse

Asian Cuisine

Chinese-Style Braised Oxtails with Shiitake Mushrooms, Eggs, and Cilantro

Soy-braised cuts of meat and eggs are the typical fare of comfort food in the Chinese culture. The different array of spices lend a lovely balance of flavors that Chinese cuisine features. Normally this one pot wonder is not horribly appetizing to look but who says you shouldn’t play with your food? Here’s another attempt… Continue reading Chinese-Style Braised Oxtails with Shiitake Mushrooms, Eggs, and Cilantro

Appetizers & Side Dishes · Asian Cuisine · Pork · Seafood

Taiwanese Chicken Roll – Ji Juan(雞捲)

As I’ve gotten older and more food-obsessed, I’ve started to have flashbacks of these tasty dishes that my mom used to make and gradually has phased out ever since my brother and I grew up. 饅頭 (Man tou) 蘿蔔絲餅 (Luo buo si bing) 牛肉餡餅 (Niu rou xian bing) 芝麻大餅 (Zhi ma da bing) 百頁 (Bai… Continue reading Taiwanese Chicken Roll – Ji Juan(雞捲)

Asian Cuisine · Middle Eastern Cuisine

Cauliflower and Onions with Cumin and Curry

Spicing things up. Normally the spices/flavors in my parent’s pantry consist of soy sauce, sesame oil, white pepper, garlic, ginger, and star anise. While I will never complain when my mom cooks with these flavors, I did take advantage of these stray, alienated bottles of curry and cumin I found in the back of the… Continue reading Cauliflower and Onions with Cumin and Curry