Vanilla Caramel Sauce
Vanilla Caramel Sauce
I’ve been seeing a lot of “easy caramel sauces” around the web lately that involve melting brown sugar in cream and reducing it. While they ma...
Ikura (Salmon Caviar)
Ikura (Salmon Caviar)
With spawning season in full swing, the salmon are packed to the gills with roe. If you’re able to find a skein of salmon roe at your fishmonger (or you h...
Homemade Lox
Homemade Lox
It always amazes me how people pay $30-50 per pound for lox given how easy it is to make at home. Fresh salmon costs about a third of this price, and the only o...
Niratama (Garlic Chive Scrambled Eggs)
Niratama (Garlic Chive Scrambled Eggs)
I think a lot of people have this impression that making Japanese food is complicated. While it’s easy to see how something unfamiliar could seem unattain...
Kani Salad
Kani Salad
After receiving about a dozen requests for my version of Kani Salad over the years, I figured it’s high time I figure out what the hype is all about. Yep,...
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Vanilla Caramel Sauce

Vanilla Caramel Sauce

I’ve been seeing a lot of “easy caramel sauces” around the web lately that involve melting brown sugar in cream and reducing it. While they may have the color of caramel, they’re a bit like a cheap iPhone knockoff… a poor imitation of the real thing. That’s because the sugar in these recipes isn’t actually…

Ikura (Salmon Caviar)

Ikura (Salmon Caviar)

With spawning season in full swing, the salmon are packed to the gills with roe. If you’re able to find a skein of salmon roe at your fishmonger (or you happen to know someone that’s going salmon fishing), 5 minutes and a handful of ingredients is all it takes to turn that ugly sac of…

Homemade Lox

Homemade Lox

It always amazes me how people pay $30-50 per pound for lox given how easy it is to make at home. Fresh salmon costs about a third of this price, and the only other ingredients you need are salt, sugar and a little bit of time. Lox refers to salmon(traditionally the belly) that has been…

Niratama (Garlic Chive Scrambled Eggs)

Niratama (Garlic Chive Scrambled Eggs)

I think a lot of people have this impression that making Japanese food is complicated. While it’s easy to see how something unfamiliar could seem unattainably difficult, in this case it’s a myth that just isn’t true. Traditional Japanese cuisine evolved alongside a Zen buddhist philosophy of ascetic minimalism and so while the preparations may…

Kani Salad

Kani Salad

After receiving about a dozen requests for my version of Kani Salad over the years, I figured it’s high time I figure out what the hype is all about. Yep, that’s right, until I started getting requests for it, I’d never heard of this dish, much less tasted it. If you ask for a “kani…

Chicken Parmesan Nuggets

Chicken Parmesan Nuggets

I was recently asked for suggestions on a fingers food to make for a party with kids. Looking through my archives, a lot of what I found was more grown-up oriented, and kid-friendly dishes like my chicken parmesan and orange chicken work better for a sit-down affair. I’d turned my orange chicken into bite-size orange…

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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…