neutral oil bottles

The Best Neutral Oil for Cooking

Cooking oil is one of the most important parts of every recipe–I mean you use it for so many things: stir frying, roasting, baking, emulsifying, deep-frying, and the list goes on. This post will give you a good starting point as to find the best neutral oil for your next recipe.  What’s NOT a neutral oil? Whenever a recipe calls…

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chopped cebu style lechon belly

Lechon Belly Recipe (Filipino Roasted Pork Belly / Cebuchon)

Ultra crispy skin and garlicky and citrusy notes of lemongrass pieces of tender pork–this is what lechon belly should always be like. In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make Cebuchon at home so you don’t have to wait for another party to celebrate.  What is Cebuchon? Cebuchon is the combination of “Cebu” and “lechon”. It’s a boneless, pork-belly…

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tray of glazed mochi donuts

Mochi Donut Recipe (Crispy & Chewy Pon de Ring Donuts)

Crispy and fresh donuts with the chewiness of mochi on the inside–no more waiting in line for mochi donuts because making this easy mochi donut recipe at home will give you the freshest treat ever. I’ll show you how to make mochi donuts from scratch without the tedious task of rolling out balls of dough, all you need is a…

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pots of regrown green onions

How to Regrow Green Onions from Scraps (In Water & Soil)

If you love topping your salads or dishes with fresh green onions or scallions, then this is an easy way to make sure you always have some on hand! The next time you use some store-bought green onions, don’t throw away the scraps–this is the gateway to grow essentially unlimited green onions. This is a good option for anyone who…

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steamy bowl of sticky rice

Sticky Rice Recipe in a Rice Cooker (Easy & Hands-off!)

Sticky rice is one of the most popular staples in Asian cuisine for both desserts and savory foods. I’m going to show you how to quickly cook sticky rice in 30 minutes using a rice cooker.  By using a rice cooker, you don’t have to pre-soak your rice or use a steamer. This means less work, but still amazing results…

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raw vs toasted sesame seeds

How to Toast Sesame Seeds (Oven, Stove & Microwave)

Nutty and warm toasted sesame seeds can add the extra crunch and a potent hit of flavor you need to boost salads, roasted veggies, and meat or even dessert. This post will teach you how to easily toast sesame seeds in your oven, microwave, and stovetop. What are sesame seeds? Sesame seeds come from the flowering sesame plant, also known…

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bowl of coconut rice and curry

Easy Coconut Rice Recipe (Stovetop & Rice Cooker)

Fragrant Jasmine rice cooked in a seasoning of fatty, sweet, and salty coconut milk–this coconut rice recipe goes great with a nice curry or flavorful main dish like Panang curry. This recipe will teach you how to get coconut rice in the span of 30 minutes using a rice cooker. Background My first experience eating coconut rice was at a…

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Thai panang curry with rice

Thai Panang Curry Recipe w/ Tender Beef Short Ribs

This Panang curry recipe is one of Thailand’s most popular dishes and it’s known for its bright and zesty makrut lime, fatty coconut milk, and various other seasonings. With this recipe, you’ll learn how to make Panang curry paste from scratch using a mortar and pestle (or a food processor) so you can make a flavorful and tender beef Panang…

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yakisoba noodles with sauce

Homemade Yakisoba Sauce Recipe

Sweet and salty fried noodles mixed with fresh cabbage, fatty pork pieces, fragrant garlic, and more. This recipe shows you how to whip up authentic Japanese yakisoba from scratch and it’s great for those quick weekday meals.  What is yakisoba though? Yakisoba is a Japanese dish that has Chinese influence that is made up of yakisoba noodles, various types of…

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gai lan with fried garlic slices

Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce (Gai Lan Recipe)

I don’t often get excited about veggies, but steaming hot Chinese broccoli drizzled with a sweet and salty oyster sauce–it’s a dim sum dream come true. This Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce recipe is super quick to make and goes really well with so many entrees.  Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce is one of my favorite veggie dishes to order…

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black and green tea leaves closeup

Green Tea vs Black Tea: What Are The Differences?

Whether you drink tea for its fresh and sometimes earthy taste during a delicious dim sum meal or for its health benefits, this eons-old beverage has found its way around the world as a popular drink. Black tea and green tea are two of the most popular varieties, and between them, there are hundreds of varieties that branch off too.…

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grilled clams with green onion, peanuts, oil

Grilled Clams Recipe (Viet Style w/ Onions, Peanuts & Garlic)

If you love smokey and tender grilled clams topped with scallion oil, rau ram, fried garlic, and roasted peanuts, then this Vietnamese grilled clam recipe is for you. Now you don’t have to travel all the way to Vietnam or even go to your local seafood restaurant to make affordable and delicious grilled clams at home.  Background When we got…

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