Mini Fruit Tarts

Fresh fruit slices and a sweet custard filling on top of a bite-sized cookie shell–these mini fruit tarts aren’t just beautiful, they’re delicious and refreshing. Growing up (and even now), fruit tarts were a big staple for birthday parties. Maybe it’s because the use of fruit on top of sugary custard gave some semblance of a healthier treat, at least…

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How to Make Tapioca Pearls From Scratch for Bubble Tea (Boba)

Chewy and sweet boba is such a treat whenever I drink jasmine milk tea or any other bubble tea. After years of buying premade boba, I finally have a recipe to make boba at home anytime I feel a craving coming on. With just three ingredients, dark brown sugar, water, and tapioca starch, you can learn how to make boba…

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Spinach Pasta Dough

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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 chili oil. Shumai, also known as siumaai, siomai, or shaomai, are traditional Chinese…

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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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