bowls of Thai fried rice with cucumbers

Thai Basil Fried Rice Recipe

Thai basil fried rice is packed full of sweet and spicy flavor from the Thai basil pieces and it pairs perfectly with the rich sweetness of oyster sauce and umami flavor of fish sauce seasonings. If you love fried rice with Chinese sausage or Filipino fried rice (sinangag), then you’ll want to try this easy to make Thai basil fried…

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Vietnamese Food Guide: 24 Dishes You Should Know & Eat

Vietnamese cuisine is a treasure trove of options so you could literally eat something new everyday for weeks without running out of options! If you’re visiting Vietnam or a Vietnamese restaurant and wondering what food you should try next, let me help. I’ve been cooking Vietnamese food on this blog for ~13 years and eating Vietnamese food my whole life.…

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bowl of crab cake sauce with fried crab cakes

Crab Cake Sauce (Remoulade Sauce)

Creamy, rich, and savory crab cake sauce with a kick of spice is the best combination with any fried seafood in my opinion. This recipe will show you how to make a homemade and simple crab cake sauce in under 5 minutes! What’s a remoulade sauce? Crab cake sauce is a remoulade–this condiment is a basic mayo-based sauce that originated…

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cut sushi roll vs hand roll

Sushi Rolls vs. Hand Rolls: What’s The Difference?

Sushi is one of Japan’s most popular dishes and is basically seasoned short-grain rice paired with a combination of seafood (most often raw) and sometimes herbs or vegetables. Surprisingly, sushi originated from ancient China during the 4th century where they placed salted fish in cooked rice.  The end result was fermented rice and preserved fish. It spread to Japan alongside…

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fried egg roll and fried spring rolls

Spring Rolls vs. Egg Rolls: What’s The Difference?

If you’ve ever had Chinese food or any other Asian food, you’ve likely seen egg rolls or spring rolls. For a long time, I was unaware that these two rolls were NOT interchangeable and that they were different dishes.  Spring rolls have variations of both fillings and wrappers depending on the type. For example, the wrappers can be made of…

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mantou buns dipping into condensed milk

Mantou Recipe (Chinese Steamed Buns)

Fluffy, ultra-soft, and slightly sweet–these mantou are more than just a simple side of sweet steamed buns. This easy mantou recipe will teach you how to get hot and freshly steamed Chinese bread for your next breakfast or meal. What is mantou? Mantou, or Chinese steamed buns, were thought to have originated from the Qin State during the Zhou Dynasty…

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two bowls of instant pot brown rice

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe (Perfectly Fluffy & Easy!)

Nutty, al dente, and evenly cooked brown rice is now easier than ever with an Instant Pot or another electric pressure cooker. This hands-free method of cooking rice will give you a quick side of steaming brown rice in under 30 minutes with reliable results every time. Brown rice in Instant Pot or pressure cookers I’ve tested and made brown…

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yakitori skewers on a smoky konro grill

Yakitori Recipe (Japanese Char-Grilled Chicken w/ Sauce)

I LOVE making yakitori at home and making it with actual charcoals or binchotan for that amazing bbq smokiness you just can’t replace with any other cooking method. The variety you get with yakitori just makes it extra fun to eat! My favorites are chicken with green onion, but I also have to have pork belly, grilled quail egg, some…

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Chinese sausage w sticky rice and sides

Chinese Sausage Recipes (Sticky Rice & Fried Rice)

Whether it’s paired with steaming sticky rice or tossed in a heap of fried rice, Chinese sausages add such a richly cured flavor to any meal. This Asian sausage recipe will give you different options for cooking these sweet and salty Chinese style sausages for your quick next dinner. What is Chinese sausage (lạp xưởng)? Chinese sausage, or “lap cheong,”…

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Chinese bbq pork with gai lan and rice

Char Siu Pork Recipe (Chinese BBQ Pork)

This char siu recipe is a classic Cantonese comfort food that will give you sweet, savory, and succulent pieces of oven-roasted pork at home–you don’t even need red food coloring to replicate the bold red shades of pork.  What is char siu or Chinese bbq pork? Char siu, or cha siu, is a famous Cantonese dish that is a type…

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Japanese hand roll ingredient plates

How To Make Hand Rolls (Temaki Sushi Recipe)

Typically a food you’d want to eat immediately while seated at a sushi bar, these artfully crafted hand rolls feature fresh seafood and crunchy greens wrapped in a bed of seasoned rice and crispy roasted seaweed. This temaki sushi (or hand roll sushi) recipe shows you how to prepare hand rolls for a hands-on dinner party. What is temaki sushi…

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asian sesame salad dressing

Asian Sesame Salad Dressing Recipe

Savory, gingery, and nutty–this Asian dressing recipe is great for healthy and light salads any day of the week. Use this Asian style sesame vinaigrette on various roughage you have around the house when you need a quick meal. Background Like most vinaigrettes and dressings, you want it to amp up the greens and toppings you have in your salad,…

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