Tempura Fried Mackerel

“Craving” is defined as a powerful desire for something. There are acceptable sweet cravings like chocolate and salty cravings like potato chips. There are also the occasional odd cravings that are usually linked to a memory. As I was exploring the grocery store for new ingredients, I suddenly remembered an amazing lunch experience inside Tokyo…

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…

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…

Jimmy Dean Fried Rice

Costco is dangerous. My husband bought more Jimmy Dean sausages than I knew what to do with. One lazy night, I decided to try making fried rice with Jimmy Dean. It’s pork, it’s  pre-seasoned, and most importantly it’s filling, so I didn’t see a downside. I tossed and crumbled a pound of Jimmy Dean sausage…

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…

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…

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…

Green Tea Soba with Dipping Sauce

Soba is a Japanese type of noodle made from buckwheat and it can be served chilled with a dipping sauce or in hot broth as a noodle soup. Recreating soba at home is easier then ever with pre-made soba noodles and dipping broth. My favorite is the green tea soba noodles from Hakubaku brand and…

Instant Japanese Curry with Apples

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…