Lemongrass Soy Sauce Pork Chops

I bought a jar of fragrant ground lemongrass powder from a spice shop in Bali and I have been dying to try it out.  Luckily I had some lovely fresh bone-in pork chops in the fridge so I decided to create a marinade. After marinating the pork for two days, I cooked them in a…

Cooking on Jetlag: Instant Ramen and Turkey Daikon Soup

Getting back after two weeks in Southeast Asia (read about my Bali trip here) has turned my circadian rhythm upside down. My body wants to sleep at noon, but eat at 2am without the usual appetite that accompanies hunger. I landed back in Seattle around 6:30pm and got home closer 8pm. The boys hadn’t eaten yet…

Japanese Fried Chicken (Katsu)

In almost every cuisine you will find some version of fried chicken. In Japanese cuisine, fried chicken is referred to as katsu and it is often served with rice and curry.  You may have also seen a similar word, tonkatsu, on menus which is similar to katsu, but made with pork instead. The recipe below…

One Pot Japanese Curry

When someone says curry, what usually comes to mind is Indian or Thai curry. I was introduced to a third type of curry when I found my mother-in-law throwing leftover vegetables and fruits into a pot one winter night. She told me whenever I have ingredients I need to get rid of, chop them up…

Rice Cakes with Mushroom and Cabbage

An image of those sweet Quaker rice cake snacks you find at most grocery chains might be popping up in your mind at this time, but that is not the kind of rice cake I am cooking today. The type of rice cakes I am referring to looks like this: Its texture has been compared…

Pork Wontons in Instant Soup

When you are served a steaming hot bowl of wontons, you would assume it is the wontons that take the longest time. That was not the case in my household. In fact, it was the soup, a whole cornish hen simmering in water with ginger and green onion, that took hours to complete. Hence, my…

Hawaiian Egg Fried Rice

Repeat after me: Never use fresh rice to make fried rice. My rice has about a 5-day life span. 1st day = Fluffy 2nd day = Fluffy 3rd day = Slightly fluffy 4rd day = Medium firm with parts of the bottom getting hard (Best time for fried rice) 5th day = Eat at the…

Chinese Steamed Fish in Scallion Ginger Soy Sauce

A whole steamed fish was a common centerpiece at the dinner table during special occasions. The fish, usually tilapia, is bought live, carefully selected by my grandma from a reputable asian grocery store. She then puts the tilapia in a large bowl, carefully cleans the entire fish under water, and then soaks it in shaoshing…

Japanese Tomato Salad

After I met my husband, who is half-Japanese, he introduced me to the world of Japanese comfort cuisine beyond just sushi and udon.  I wanted to learn how to make the type of Japanese dishes his mother made for him during his childhood so my husband gifted me a cooking book called Japanese Soul Cooking….

Kimchi and Tofu Soup

Soup is something I usually make when I feel myself getting sick or I am sick and no one else in the house can cook (sigh).  Due to that reason, I want my soup recipes to be as simple and quick as possible, but still packed with immune boosting ingredients. This soup with kimchi and…