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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 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 is always the…

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How to Cook Rice in a Microwave w/ Perfect Results

While there are many ways to cook rice, using a microwave is a practically hands-off technique to make rice and sometimes it takes a shorter amount of time than a cooking in a rice cooker or on the stove. It’s also a good option if you don’t have a rice cooker at home and you’re not too keen on cooking…

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Cassava Cake Recipe

Also known as cassava bibingka, this cassava cake has a thick, but tender layer of fresh cassava root, condensed milk, evaporated milk, sugar, and coconut cream with an extra topping of silky custard. And it’s allllmost flourless, except for two tbsp for the topping! After eating cassava cakes at many Filipino restaurants and family parties throughout the years, I’ve come…

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How to Cut Green Onions (Scallions)

Green onions, otherwise known as scallions, have a nice sweet, crisp, and mild flavor compared to their bulbous cousins the onion, which have a stronger and spicier flavor when eaten raw, and they are also in the same family as chives, leeks, and shallots. You can eat green onions raw, add them as a garnish, or cook with them in…

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Mango Sticky Rice

Rich coconut sauce drizzled over a bed of warm sticky rice and chilled, perfectly ripened mangoes is an amazing way to end a meal. Mango sticky rice originated from Thailand and is understandably one of its most famous desserts that you can find at many Thai restaurants in America. Now, this easy to follow recipe allows you to make it…

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How to Cut a Mango (Step By Step)

I love the sweet aroma of mangoes filling the room anytime I bring home a case. Surprisingly, mangoes are actually part of the cashew family and are classified as stone fruit. Originally, they came from India and have traversed many culinary cultures from then. The different varieties of mangoes range from Kent, which are sweet with sour hints of flavor,…

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Miso-Marinated Black Cod Recipe

Miso-marinated black cod is an ultra buttery and flakey dish with sweet hints of miso, mirin, and sake. Yes, it’s a three day marinade, but it’s incredibly easy, and this recipe is worth trying to get a taste of this melt-in-your-mouth experience. Where’d miso black cod originate? Black cod miso is most popularly known because of Nobu and his namesake…

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seven brands of white tapioca pearls / boba for testing

How to Cook White Tapioca Pearls

When you want extra texture in your desserts or drinks, white tapioca pearls are a great way to get that extra chewy bite without introducing additional flavors. These plain white balls of tapioca starch are ever popular in Asian cuisine, like ginataan bilo bilo, taho, or chè chuối, and this recipe shows you an easier way to cook them. After…

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How to Cook Tapioca Pearls

Tapioca pearls, or boba, are translucent and sweet pops of goodness that give drinks and desserts an extra chewy bite. While I love asking, “Boba?” after every meal, I also like to cook these at home since it’s pretty easy and worth it if you’re making drinks for a group of people. Where to start If you have white boba,…

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How To Cook Rice in a Rice Cooker

Once you learn how to cook rice in a rice cooker, it will be dead simple to repeat for consistent, fluffy and delicious rice every time. Hands off too! Simply rinse the rice, use a 1:1 ratio of water to rice, start the machine and you’re good to go. For more details about the reasons ‘why’, read on! I first…

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glasses of che ba mau

Chè Ba Màu – Vietnamese Three Color Dessert

Chè ba màu is a refreshing Vietnamese dessert of ice slush, contrast of soft beans and bouncy jelly bites, topped with layers of rich coconut sauce. You can make all the layers ahead of time and combine them when you’re craving a refreshing and sweet dessert. Chè ba màu in Vietnamese translates to “three color dessert,” and is similar to…

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Vietnamese Spicy Lemongrass Chicken (Gà Xào Sả Ớt)

Gà xào sả ớt is an aromatic blend of chile sauce, lemongrass, tender chicken, and veggies, but more importantly it’s a fast and easy, one-pot dish that you can make during the week. Also known as Vietnamse spicy lemongrass chicken, this dish is more commonly made at-home in Vietnam vs. restaurants (even though it was the most popular dish at…

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