Shiso Gyoza
Shiso Gyoza
There’s a special place in my heart for dumplings. Whether they’re fried, boiled or steamed, there’s a marvelous synergy that happens when you...
Eggplant Parmesan
Eggplant Parmesan
Since posting my recipe for the Best Chicken Parmesan, I’ve been getting tons of requests for my version of an oven-fried Eggplant Parmesan. It might soun...
Sesame Chicken
Sesame Chicken
I always find it a bit amusing how Chinese-American restaurants pad their epic menus by listing every permutation of every ingredient and sauce in their reperto...
Japanese Ratatouille
Japanese Ratatouille
So it’s admittedly not the most traditional ratatouille, and some might even scoff at the naming of this dish. Whatever you call it, it’s a deeply f...
Dashimaki Tamago
Dashimaki Tamago
In Japan, it’s often said that you can judge the quality of a restaurant by the quality of their dashimaki tamago (だし巻き卵). It’s a rolled o...
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Shiso Gyoza

Shiso Gyoza

There’s a special place in my heart for dumplings. Whether they’re fried, boiled or steamed, there’s a marvelous synergy that happens when you take a savory filling and stuff it into what is essentially an oversized noodle. In Japan, nothing typifies dumplings more than Gyōza (餃子). Whether you’re walking down a restaurant lined alley, or…

Honey Lemon Chicken

Honey Lemon Chicken

It may not look like much, but this easy chicken dish was one of my favorite dishes growing up. It’s just pan-fried chicken with a honey sweetened lemon and tomato sauce, but for your pittance of effort, you’ll be rewarded with a plate full of tender morsels of chicken glazed in a delightfully comforting, sweet,…

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan

Since posting my recipe for the Best Chicken Parmesan, I’ve been getting tons of requests for my version of an oven-fried Eggplant Parmesan. It might sound like a simple substitution, but eggplants are quite different from chicken and so it’s not as simple as swapping out the chicken for eggplant. To understand how we need…

Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken

I always find it a bit amusing how Chinese-American restaurants pad their epic menus by listing every permutation of every ingredient and sauce in their repertoire and then adding or subtracting one ingredient to make it a separate dish. Take sesame chicken (or beef/pork/shrimp/fish) for example. It’s essentially General Tso’s chicken, with sesame seeds instead…

Japanese Ratatouille

Japanese Ratatouille

So it’s admittedly not the most traditional ratatouille, and some might even scoff at the naming of this dish. Whatever you call it, it’s a deeply flavorful dish that takes the best vegetables that summer has to offer and turns them into a delightful dish that strikes a sublime balance of tastes and textures. Head…

Dashimaki Tamago

Dashimaki Tamago

In Japan, it’s often said that you can judge the quality of a restaurant by the quality of their dashimaki tamago (だし巻き卵). It’s a rolled omelette that makes for a great benchmark because it’s not only ubiquitous, it takes an enormous amount of skill and experience to produce a good roll. While there are many…

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Mario Kart is REAL

Mario Kart is REAL

I see a lot of wacky things in my travels, so it takes a lot to surprise me. This just blew my mind with a mix of shock, incredulity and yes, a tiny bit of envy. I took these photos on a city street in the middle of the fifth largest city in Japan. Oh…

The House in Hong Kong

The House in Hong Kong

Walking through the doors of The Upper House, life slows down a beat or two. The minuscule lobby is more like a decompression chamber to shed a little energy before taking a serene ride up an escalator designed to mimic a row of torrii gates. There is no front desk in the traditional sense because…

Dueling Wontons

Dueling Wontons

When I mentioned on Twitter that I’d be heading to Hong Kong for a few days, the food recommendations came pouring in. Everyone had a favorite, but the one place I consistently heard as a must-go spot was Mak’s Noodle for their Wonton Noodles. It’s a third generation Hong Kong institution and while the one…

Fullerton Bay Hotel Feels Like Home

Fullerton Bay Hotel Feels Like Home

As much as I love traveling, staying in hotels night after night gets tiresome quickly. It’s around this time that I crave the comforts of home: like knowing how to turn off the lights, having a dock for my iPhone, and waking up in a bed that doesn’t make my back hurt. This last trip…