slice of purple ube cake

Ube Cake (Filipino Purple Yam Cake w/ Macapuno)

A Filipino celebration isn’t complete without dessert, and one of the most famous cakes is ube cake from Red Ribbon or Goldilocks. This cake typically comes in a traditional round, sheet cake, or roll cake variation, but it’s always moist, nutty, and delicious. Some cakes even include macapuno (coconut string jam)—an absolutely welcome partner in crime with any ube dessert.   Even though I’ve grown up eating all things ube, including this tasty…

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Japanese milk bread rolls cooling on a rack

Japanese Milk Bread Recipe (Hokkaido Milk Bread Rolls)

These ultra-soft and light Hokkaido milk bread rolls (also known as Japanese milk bread) feel like you’re eating clouds for breakfast! If you love the smell of fresh baked, sweet bread just as it’s coming out of the oven, then this bread is for you. This Hokkaido milk bread recipe will teach you some tips and tricks, like making a tangzhong starter,…

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small plate of Chinese cucumber salad

Chinese Cucumber Salad Recipe (Smashed Cucumber Salad!)

This spicy, garlicky, vinegary smashed Chinese cucumber salad recipe is a great side and even something I like snacking on by itself. It’s delicate but seasoned just enough to keep you coming back for more. I’ve had this dish at some of my favorite restaurants, like A&J or Din Tai Fung, and it’s my favorite to eat with xiao long…

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vegan pandan waffles

Vegan Waffles Recipe (Pandan Waffles: Crispy Outside, Chewy Inside)

From the amazing pandan and coconut aroma, the super crispy exterior and chewy interior, to the sound each bite you take makes, these vegan waffles will hit you from all the right angles, and leave you reaching for another. I love making these Vietnamese pandan waffles, and they are amazing, but also wanted a version to share with my vegan…

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inside of roasted Japanese sweet potato

Japanese Sweet Potatoes (Easy Baked Recipe!)

These creamy and caramelized roasted sweet potatoes are a staple in Japanese cuisine and even easier to make at home. Satsuma-imo (Japanese sweet potatoes) are rich in flavor, but also have plenty of health benefits.   I grew up with my grandma cooking sweet potatoes for breakfast and this recipe will show you how to get ultra-soft and nutty roasted sweet potatoes…

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microwaved corn on a plate w butter, salt

How To Microwave Corn On The Cob (Fast & Easy)

Juicy and sweet corn on the cob is now easier to make during the week than ever and you don’t even need to boil a pot of water! While I have fond memories of my mom boiling corn in a large pot of water during my childhood, I’ve found that microwaving corn is a much faster way to get to…

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plate of pork tocino for breakfast

Pork Tocino Recipe (Easy & No Artificial Colors)

Tender, sweet, and rich slices of pork belly and shoulder with a side of savory garlic fried rice and a fried egg—this Filipino pork tocino recipe will satisfy the wildest breakfast cravings you are having.   After trying many, many different pork tocino recipes from local Filipino restaurants, fast food places, home recipes, and even trekking to the Philippines, I’ve found an easy and customizable…

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Filipino leche flan

Leche Flan Recipe (Classic Filipino Style Crème Caramel)

Ultra rich and creamy custard baked in a steamy bath topped with a sweet caramel sauce–leche flan is a Filipino party favorite. This is a Filipino version of flan that is popular to serve during parties.  Growing up, one of my favorite aunts was known for her homemade leche flan. We always waited for her to arrive at a party…

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filipino spaghetti, with hot dog and cheese on a fork

Filipino Spaghetti Recipe

Sweet and rich meat sauce swirled in al dente pieces of spaghetti and sprinkled with sharp cheddar — this Filipino spaghetti recipe strays from its Italian namesake, but it’s favored in the hearts of many Filipinos around the world.  I grew up with Filipino spaghetti and I love it so much that as an adult, I still prefer this sweet…

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chicken tinola bowl

Chicken Tinola Recipe (Filipino Tinolang Manok)

Tender and moist chicken, al dente chayote, fragrant ginger, and fresh malunggay leaves–this chicken tinola recipe is a comforting and delicious chicken soup when you want to curl up under a blanket. As a traditional Filipino dish, it’s loaded with familiar flavor profiles of ginger and fish sauce.  When I was growing up, my mom made a huge batch of…

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filling glass jars with atchara by hand

Atchara Recipe (Filipino Pickled Papaya)

Fresh and crunchy green papaya pickles in a garlicky, sweet brine—this atchara recipe is a fast and easy pickling process that anyone can make at home. I wouldn’t eat any Filipino bbq without this atchara as a side.   Over the years, my tita Grace always had a handful of jars available at any given time in her second fridge just in case…

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fluffy souffle pancakes with fruit

Fluffy Japanese Soufflé Pancakes

Soft and airy vanilla flavored soufflé pancakes are more than just a trend, they’re life changing. Like crispy belgian waffles or even ube waffles, these soufflé pancakes are definitely something you should add to your breakfast line up. With this recipe, you don’t have to travel to Japan or even Korea to get soufflé pancakes at home. Although, let’s make…

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