cutting spinach pasta in a pasta machine

Homemade Spinach Pasta Dough Recipe

Swirling bright green & silky strands of spinach pasta is one of my favorite things to pair with a nice creamy sauce or even a nice pesto. All you need for this homemade spinach pasta dough are five basic ingredients: spinach, oil, water, all-purpose flour, and salt. While you can make a traditional pasta dough recipe from scratch with eggs,…

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Cheung Fun Recipe (Steamed Rice Noodle Rolls)

Soft and tender sheets of rice noodle filled with sweet and savory roasted pork, drizzled with seasoning sauce and topped with chopped scallions–cheung fun is one of my go to dim sum dishes. This thinly steamed rice paper that is often brimming with various fillings and rolled altogether tastes the best when it’s fresh out of the steamer. With this…

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3 onigiri rice balls

Onigiri Recipe – Japanese Rice Balls

Onigiri are fluffy shaped rice balls wrapped in nori and packed with a variety of different savory fillings like buttery salmon, umami flavored bonito and soy sauce, creamy tuna, and furikake. Onigiri, also known as o-musubi or rice ball, is a Japanese food staple that you can find in Japanese restaurants or grocery stores. It’s an easy way to transport…

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bottles of buillon, stock, broth, and bone broth

Broth vs. Stock vs. Bone Broth (Differences & Substitutions)

Stock and broth are often used interchangeably in making soups and sauces, but they have slight differences. Stock is made from simmering roasted bones with vegetables. Broth is made from simmering roasted or raw meaty bones and vegetables with added meat. Both stock and broth need to simmer for three to four hours. Bone broth is made just with roasted…

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Filipino halo-halo dessert

Halo-Halo Recipe (w/ Leche Flan)

Razon’s style of halo-halo is different than the traditional–and it is DELICIOUS. It’s a collaboration of sweet and icy layers of caramelized banana sauce, rich coconut strings of macapuno jam, refreshing shaved ice, sweetened evaporated milk, and topped with slices of creamy leche flan. Halo-halo in Tagalog means “mix mix” as in this dessert is meant to be mixed together…

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slice of biko on banana leaf and plate

Biko Recipe (Filipino Sweet Rice Cake w/ Latik Topping)

There are many variations on biko, but this biko recipe will give you a sweet dark brown-sugared sticky rice cake topped with a caramelized coconut sauce and latik (crispy coconut curds). Each decadent bite of this traditionally Filipino dessert is filled with flavors of palm sugar, dark brown sugar, and rich coconut.  Glutinous rice vs. jasmine rice Like Vietnamese Chè…

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steamer with pork and shrimp shumai

Pork and Shrimp Shumai Recipe

Dumplings come in many shapes and sizes, but plump pork and shrimp shumai with their unmistakable combo of Asian aromatics and seasoning are a staple in dim sum carts around the world. These dumplings are the perfect shape for dipping into a mixture of soy sauce and chile oil. Shumai, also known as siumaai, siomai, or shaomai, are traditional Chinese…

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bamboo steamer full of xiao long bao soup dumplings

Soup Dumplings (Chinese Xiao Long Bao)

I will never turn down a dumpling. Xiao long bao–these plump pouches of meaty dumplings encased in a delicate wrapper have extra appeal with its seemingly magical soupy filling. Also known as Chinese soup dumplings, xiao long bao pack a punch of flavor in every bite and are world famous thanks to restaurants like Din Tai Fung. This recipe gives…

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char siu bao in a bamboo steamer

Char Siu Bao (Steamed BBQ Pork Buns)

Fluffy steamed buns filled with a savory, and slightly sweet and oozing char siu pork filling–it’s everything you would want from char siu bao and brings back memories of my dad buying these little pieces of heaven for me as a kid along with the Filipino version, siopao asado. These steamed pork buns are not only a popular dim sum…

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peeling apart cooked spring roll wrappers

Easy Spring Roll Wrapper Recipe

Layers of ultra crispiness and browned to a golden perfection–spring roll wrappers are one of the most important (and favorite) parts of spring rolls and lumpia. These homemade spring roll wrappers will give you a new type of appreciation for that extra crunchy outer layer of spring rolls. Spring rolls historically came from ancient China and should not be confused…

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banh canh soup w pork hocks, shrimp

Bánh Canh Giò Heo Tôm Recipe

Bánh canh giò heo tôm might be a lesser known Vietnamese soup compared to the highly popularized phở, but its hearty flavor paired with springy tapioca noodles, and a load of meat and shrimp makes it just as delicious. This dish can seem similar to bún bò Huế, but it uses different noodles, is less spicy and quite a bit…

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dipping lumpia shanghai into sauce

Lumpia Shanghai Recipe (Crispy Filipino Spring Rolls)

Hot and crispy fried spring rolls filled with seasoned ground pork and dipped into a sweet and sour sauce–lumpiang Shanghai, or lumpia, is my go-to snack at any Filipino party (or a boodle fight) and it never disappoints.  What is lumpia?  My girlfriend’s family throws a lot of parties (par for the course with many Filipino families though) and lumpia…

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