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…

Tomato and Egg Soup with Pickled Radishes

If you have been reading my blog, then you would have noticed I’m on a soup roll. That tends to happen when it is cold, windy, and sometimes downright miserable outside (and you’re still jetlagged and fighting off a cold). Today I am sharing one of my no brainer soup recipes – “no brainer” as…

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…

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….

Essential Ingredients for Lazy Asian Recipes

Many asian recipes reuse the same core ingredients. By stocking your fridge and pantry with these ingredients and their “short cut” versions, you’ll be able to make multiple dishes faster and easier. For the fridge (the Asian trifecta): Bottle of minced ginger in water (I use the brand Lee Kum Kee) Pre-peeled garlic (You can…