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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Filipino Beef Empanadas

A flakey and buttery crust filled with a sweetened, tomato-based beef center–these Filipino empanadas are super flavorful hand pies. Growing up, my mom always made empanadas frequently and they were a great on the go snack to take along whenever we had errands to run (and tiny mouths to feed).  I’m afraid to confess that I did NOT appreciate the…

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Pandesal (Soft & Fluffy Filipino Bread Rolls)

Piping hot right out of the oven, these pandesal rolls fill your mouth with buttery and slightly sweet flavors. Its fluffy center combined with the crisp outer layer of bread crumbs make every bite heavenly. Like many Filipino breakfast staples (such as Filipino garlic fried rice), it’s so good you’ll want to make this pandesal recipe for every meal! Background…

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Dim Sum Chicken Feet

Every time I make these braised chicken feet, or fèng zhǎo (meaning phoenix talons), they fill the air with the savory and aromatic smells of star anise, spicy fermented chili oil, and fragrant garlic. They’re a dim sum staple in China and many places around the world, but making them at home will give you fresh and fall off the…

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How to Cook Brown Rice in the Microwave

This microwavable brown rice recipe will close the gap in any stigmas you might have making this nutty and healthy rice variety. While you can use a rice cooker or cook brown rice on a stove, using a microwave is super quick and you won’t need to watch it closely. Since all microwaves have different strengths and settings, it’s worth…

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Crispy Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)

Crispy pan-fried edges and chewy multi-layered dough of fat and fresh scallions–these scallion pancakes, or “cong you bing” as they’re known in China. These are pancakes we always have to order at our local Taiwanese spots to complete our meal (which taste great dipped in the pool of spicy wonton sauce.) But now you can make them at home!–They’re so…

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How to Cook Perfect Instant Pot Rice

Making perfectly cooked white rice is easier than ever with this Instant Pot rice recipe! Instant Pots are all the rage these days and it could be a good decision for you if you want to consolidate appliances like a rice cooker, slow cooker, a yogurt machine, and a pressure cooker all in one. While it may seem like a…

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Korean Fried Chicken (Sweet, Spicy & Extra Crispy!)

Double fried to crispy perfection, this saucy Korean fried chicken recipe is sweet and comes with a gochujang kick. This recipe is specifically the sweet and spicy version, called yangnyeom-chikin, which means “seasoned chicken,” but you can leave this sauceless for an amazing treat too. What’s so special about Korean fried chicken? Korean fried chicken, also generally called “huraideu-chikin,” is…

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Easy Onion & Garlic Bok Choy Recipe

This bok choy recipe will give you tender, but crisp bites of fresh greens in a savory sauce that is as fast to make as it is to eat. If you’re like me and love incorporating different types of greens into your meals and want to change things up from spinach or everyday greens, this is definitely worth adding to…

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Easy Garlic Fried Rice (Sinangag Filipino)

Savory and crispy fried garlic pieces covered in plump and steamy rice–smelling garlic rice in the air is how I always want to wake up. Sinangag is garlic fried rice and, most importantly, it’s also a Filipino breakfast staple. Mom would always make a big batch of sinangag with pork tocino and longanisa to start off the family’s day. This…

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