Beefy Tomato Sauce & Pasta (Spaghetti, Fettuccine)


This is a variation of pasta and meat sauce that I enjoy because it’s simple, but great. It’s very convenient too because I can pretty much cook it one day and eat for a few more days of the week depending on the batch size. Just choose your favorite pasta, and pasta sauce and you’re […]


Đồ Chua Recipe – Vietnamese Pickled Daikon & Carrots


If you’ve had Vietnamese food, you’ve probably at some point caught a whiff of these pickles. Do chua literally means “pickled stuff.” Weird right? It makes no sense because vegetables in it don’t change. But anyways, like pickles in other cuisine, they go well with salty or fatty foods. It’s great on bánh mì, bánh xèo, bún thịt […]


String Beans With Garlic & Hoisin Sauce

beans and garlic

For a quick side dish, sometimes I like to saute some green beans. This is like a side dish you find at many Chinese restaurants except the green beans are swapped out for the thinner string beans, which I was just in the mood for. Other variations of this side dish which I still want […]


Lu Rou Fan Recipe (Taiwanese Stewed Pork with Hard-Boiled Eggs)


Lu rou fan, or stewed pork with rice, is a very common dish in Taiwan. The pork is seasoned and stewed until very tender and served over rice. Meat that’s stewed like this is fork-tender, something I really like. It’s a simple and satisfying dish considered comfort food by many. It is very similar to […]


Hasselback Potatoes Recipe


This is a great recipe to try if you have extra potatoes around in the kitchen. You probably have everything else in the kitchen to make this work too–all you’ll need is potatoes, garlic, oil, salt & pepper. This takes a little bit of prep work but the results are much better than just throwing […]


Champorado (Filipino Chocolate Rice Pudding) Recipe


Champorado is a kind of chocolate rice pudding eaten in the Philippines. This is not to be confused with the Mexican champurrado, which is more of a hot chocolate drink. I had a roommate a while back that was freaking out with excitement when she discovered a pot of this was cooking up in the kitchen. It’s […]


Fried Crispy Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

unpeeled sweet potatoes

This post was updated (improved!) July 6, 2014. Sweet potato fries, when done right, are INCREDIBLE. Two favorites that come to mind are the ones at Veggie Grill and Native Foods. When done right, these fries are well-seasoned with a light and crisp outer layer, with a fluffy and almost creamy center. I’m so excited […]


Filipino Pork Stew w/ Mixed Vegetables (Linat-Ang Baboy)


I found out from having meals with my girlfriend and her family that I ate soups and stews a bit differently than they do. I tend to go heavier on the broths in my bowl  and even have spoonfuls without rice. However all the other Cebuanos at the table merely used the broth to soak the […]


Easy Garlic Basil Pesto Recipe

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Basil is one of those foods that I reaaaally love the smell of. It’s one of those scents at the market that always catches my attention. Basil is up there on the list with bread, butter, and beer. I used to have a small basil plant that I couldn’t quite keep healthy. Well, I kept […]


Pad Thai Recipe

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This dish is one I love because it’s packed with flavor and color. I’ve been eating this for a while now and never considered how to cook Pad Thai. I decided to give it a go (or four)! After dancing with this recipe for a while I learned a few things. There are very many […]