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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charcoal grilled rainbow trout

Grilled Whole Fish Recipe (Charcoal or Gas Grill)

Whole grilled fish is one of my favorite ways to eat fish because you get a nice smokey flavor, crispy skin, and moist and tender pieces of fish that you can customize based on your preference. This recipe will give you a good starting point on how to prep your fish and what flavors and herbs to add.  Grilling fish…

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fried garlic chips in jars

Crispy Fried Garlic Chips Recipe (Tỏi Phi)

What’s better than adding some crispy and fragrant fried garlic to any dish? Besides adding a ton of garlic to the dish at the beginning, nothing really beats that extra crunch of garlic with every bite. I’ll show you how to make two types of fried garlic to make for all your salads, roasted vegetables, and more! Types of garlic…

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turon / fried banana lumpia

Turon Recipe (Filipino Banana Lumpia w/ Caramel)

Sweet, citrusy saba banana and juicy jackfruit slices encased in a fried and crunchy wrapper and drizzled with sweet caramel–turon are my favorite kind of lumpia. Since street carts selling turon are hard to find in the US or you can’t be bothered to visit a local Filipino restaurant, this easy to follow turon recipe will give you fresh homemade…

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sweet potatoes and a yam

Yams vs Sweet Potatoes: What’s the Difference?

Every Thanksgiving there always seems to be a consensus of confusion surrounding yams and sweet potatoes. Are they the same thing? Is it sweet potatoes or yams that I pair with the marshmallow side? If you’ve ever been there, don’t worry, so are a lot of other people.  Are yams and sweet potatoes the same thing? Let’s cut to the…

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tray of deviled eggs

Easy Deviled Eggs Recipe (With a Twist)

Creamy and savory deviled eggs are one of my favorite party appetizers that come in their own serving cup. This easy recipe for deviled eggs adds an extra ingredient that gives it a rounder flavor if you ask me.  What are deviled eggs? I was super surprised to learn that a dish I thought was most well-known for in the…

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plain Spam musubi

Spam Musubi Recipe

Sweet and salty glazed Spam on a layer of fluffy white rice wrapped with a roasted nori sheet–Spam musubi is the ultimate on-the-go snack that is sure to appease the hangriest friend or foe. This is a recipe I love making at home and was so delighted to see just about everywhere when visiting Hawaii. This super easy and tasty…

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Korean daikon pickle cubes

Korean Pickled Radish Recipe (Chicken-Mu)

These ultra crunchy and crisp Korean daikon radish pickles have a nice balance between slightly sweet and tangy flavors that is the perfect dish to go with crispy fried chicken. This quick recipe for Asian pickled radishes is super easy to whip up and eat by the end of the day. You don’t even need to boil anything! What is…

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tongs holding a friend shrimp tempura

Easy Tempura Batter Recipe

If ultra-crispy pieces of tempura shrimp and veggies are on your radar, then this recipe is for you. This easy Japanese tempura batter recipe is super simple to follow and you’ll have fresh and crunchy tempura fried vegetables, shrimp, and other proteins in no time. What is tempura batter? Historically, tempura originated from Portugeuse missionaries in Japan around the 16th…

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evaporated milk, condensed milk, and whole milk

Evaporated Milk vs. Condensed Milk: What’s The Difference?

What’s the difference between sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk you ask? They look fairly similar because they’re typically both packed in cans and they’re both shelf-stable dairy items that are next to each other at the grocery store.  In short, they’re both made of cow’s milk (most of the time) and have 60% of their water content evaporated or…

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pad see ew plate

Pad See Ew Recipe (Thai Stir-Fried Rice Noodles)

Tender steak strips, fresh rice noodles, crunchy gailan, and fluffy eggs all stir-fried in a dressing of savory soy sauce, sweet oyster sauce, tangy white vinegar, and nutty dark brown sugar. This Thai homemade pad see ew recipe is an easy and quick dinner any day of the week! Is there anything more satisfying than enjoying a hot stir-fried noodle…

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