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Taiwanese Five-Spice Pork Rice Bowl Recipe (Lu Rou Fan)

For example, her recipe introduction (“headnote”) for this lu rou fan described it as “the standard Taiwanese standard Sunday sauce, or ragu.” You can …


Thai Green Curry with Spring Vegetables

Show of hands: who drank too much Guinness last night? Not me. I took it easy with Cookie and ate some green curry for dinner. Maybe I was sampling …


Pineapple-Mango Tartlets

This was the dessert I made for our Chinese New Year dinner a couple of weeks ago.

I originally intended to make my own crust but as I ran out of …


Hong Kong Egg Tarts

Hong-Kong style egg tarts are probably my favorite pastry. Period. And the best part is…they can be made at home.

Chinese egg tarts can be found in …

Homemade Chinese Pork Jerky (Rou Gan) CNY Bake 2015 ~ 新年快乐, 洋洋得意!(自制肉干)

Happy Chap Goh Mei to dear All! Hope that you have been having a wonderful and auspicious celebration. My kids are having a holiday for today and will …


Black Sesame Ice Cream with White Miso Caramel

I'm continuing my streak of Asian desserts by looking back at one of my favorite Asian flavors: black sesame. It's still kind of a niche flavor over …

Ice Cream

Oyster Okoy

Serve this alongside Pinoy dished like grilled or fried fish, grilled pork belly, crispy pata, or lechon kawali.

Serves 6
Prep Time
5 minutes

Quick Boil Winter Melon, Mushrooms with Corn in Chicken Broth

This is the start of the “Quick Boil Series” of soups. It was requested by a friend who wanted to ...


Egg White Steamed Prawns (蛋白蒸虾)


I believed this will be the last Chinese New Year recipe for the year of Horse before ushering the year of Goat – 2015.

When one is …

Pinatisang Manok at Malunggay

Chicken and Moringa stewed in Fish Sauce

This is another dish that is reminiscent of my childhood. It's not one that my mom cooked, rather it was our …

Fish Sauce

Homemade Smooth and Glossy / Koshian 漉し餡 Red Bean Paste / Hong Dou Sha 红豆沙

"Mum, can you make red bean steamed buns for me?" asked my boy.
With some hesitation, I said ok...
Hesitation? Ops! Hope that I'm not in the spotlight …


Welcome the Year of the Goat

It's the year of the goat... ram... sheep... whatever! I was raised believing the Chinese zodiac is the goat (and I recall the pictures as always …


When I migrated to the U.S. twenty some years ago, there were many things I missed from back home. The simple stuff like pandesal, pastillas de …


Braised Sea Asparagus and Shiitake Mushrooms

After being away from the weekend market (since December last year!) I finally had a chance (time!) to go back. Several weeks away and it seemed like …

Chinese Lion's Head Pork Meatballs With Vermicelli and Cabbage

Don't let the name of these classic Shanghai-style pork meatballs scare you off: They're easy to make. [Photographs: Shao Z.]

Shanghai-style Lion's Head meatballs have a name that sounds intimidating, but they couldn't be easier to make. In this recipe, ground pork is mixed with mashed tofu (for …

Steamed Eggs with Fresh Kidney Scallops

Sometime ago, B's Lola found fresh scallops (still in their shells!) from the nearby wet market. It was the first time I saw kidney-shaped scallops, …

Sichuan-Style Braised Eggplant With Pickled Chilies and Garlic (Yu Xiang Qie Zi)

Tender and smoky eggplant in a hot, sweet, and sour Sichuan sauce. [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Despite its translation—"fish fragrant eggplant,"—yu xiang qie zi actually contains no seafood or meat products whatsoever. It gets its name from the combination of hot, sour, and sweet flavors that …

Oven Roasted Lechon


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Ask any Pinoy what they would like to see served in any fiesta or celebration and for sure, majority will tell you --- LECHON! That's …


Best Pineapple Cookies (Pineapple Tarts)


Cut the stalk off the pineapple and follow by the skin. Make sure all divits are removed. Slice the pineapple flesh into pieces and blend in a …

“Extra-Colossal” Shrimp/Prawns a la Marketman

Yes, shrimp/prawns are graded by size.


Calamansi Pistachio Muffins

I grew up with calamansi, or calamondin, which is, according to Wikipedia, a hybrid of citrus and kumquat. We always had calamansi in the kitchen, …

Pancit Habhab

I have to be honest. I have not tasted "real" Pancit Habhab. In fact, I have no idea what it was. All I know is that we went to the south of the …

Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

This is a variation of the Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic I made sometime ago. It came about when someone suggested to me: (1) add potatoes and …

Pork Tapa

Tapa, in the local context, refers to cured (or preserved) meat. Usually the meat used is beef, but pork and/or chicken may be used. In our case, …