Korean Fried Vegetable Pancake for Breakfast

Unlike the decadent sweet pancakes of America, Asian breakfast pancakes are usually savory and crispy. I remember waking up to watch my grandma make Chinese scallion pancakes. She’d mix together the flour, salt and water to make a thin batter and then add a handful of chopped scallions. Slowly the batter was poured into a…

Half-Chinese Braised BBQ Ribs

Half, hapa, whatever you want to call it – The reason I gave this recipe its name is because I combined traditional ingredients with American BBQ sauce to obtain the same taste as my mom’s recipe. There are two versions of this recipe so you can customize it to your taste. One uses big sliced…

Braised Tilapia with Celery

Most tilapia recipes call for frying and baking. Usually I wouldn’t question those two methods of cooking because they are lazy-approved. Today, however, I had a bunch of sad looking and wilting celery that needed to be cooked since they were far past the point of being edible in their raw form. I also had…

Peri Peri Lamb Naanwich

Guilt is an emotion I struggle with on a constant basis. I ask myself…am I being too lazy…shouldn’t I be making more FRESH food because it is better for the body? When that guilt sets in, I pull out one of my half-half cooking tricks. This involves buying a protein that is fresh, but pre-seasoned…

Seafood Hot Pot (Soup)

Happy Chinese New Year! Festivities usually include a very large feast of multi-courses either at a restaurant, at home or both with family, extended family, and those cousins you didn’t know existed. Since most of my relatives lived far away from us, my family had a more low key celebration. My mother would plan the…

Vegetarian Japchae (Stir Fried Glass Noodles)

When I first moved into my neighborhood in North Seattle, the closest grocery store featured mostly Chinese ingredients. Over the years, they began to emphasize other cuisines such as Korean, Indian, Russian etc in order to compete with another nearby asian store. I was not happy at first. Many of the items were unfamiliar. Last…

BBQ Beef Rice Bowl

Rice bowls, grain bowls, salad bowls – these beautiful bowls topped with an assortment of meat and vegetables are all the rage right now.  The thought of putting one together at home can seem time consuming, but all you really need for this recipe is your rice cooker, a darn good marinade, egg, hot sauce,…

Chinese Garlic Shrimp

I spent the last week and a half in Shanghai, eating to my heart’s content and jotting down recipes and tips from my grandma and uncles. My great grandpa on my mother’s side was a legit cook, whipping up banquet styled meals to feed his eight children. All of his children learned to cook traditional…

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…