Agedashi Tofu
Agedashi Tofu
Agedashi Tofu is one of those magical dishes where a few simple ingredients come together in a harmonizing synergy that elevates the dish from humble to divine....
Island Burger
Island Burger
One of the great things about being a full time food blogger is that I can work from anywhere. At least in theory… The reality is that it’s not all ...
Tropical Beef Salad
Tropical Beef Salad
I love me some hangar steak, but it can be a bit tough. The marinade for this salad, with lemon grass, garlic, kaffir lime leaves and kiwi not only tenderizes t...
Banana Fritters with Vanilla Caramel Sauce
Banana Fritters with Vanilla Caramel Sauce
Simple and yet utterly irresistible, fried dough has to be one of the most inspired culinary innovations of all time. Whether it’s a light-as-air donut wr...
Sriracha Chicken
Sriracha Chicken
This easy hot, sweet and savory chicken is glazed in a caramelized coating of piquant sriracha and pungent ginger with a subtle sweetness from the addition of m...
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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…

Spaghetti Amatriciana

Spaghetti Amatriciana

Bucatini All’Amatriciana, like most authentic Italian pastas is a simple dish from Amatrice, where tomatoes are fried in the rendered fat from guanciale and tossed together with some cheese and Bucatini. But for me, cooking is about more than just following a rigid set of rules. It’s about working with what you have and making…

Blueberry Maple Cake

Blueberry Maple Cake

When it comes to breakfast, I’m all about savory dishes. But like love, or geopolitics, my breakfast cravings are never so black and white. One thing I can count on, is that when I feel like something sweet for brekkie, a stack of moist blueberry pancakes will fit the bill. The way the rich creamy…

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Wallpaper Wednesday: Gyeongbuk Gong in Fall, Seoul

Wallpaper Wednesday: Gyeongbuk Gong in Fall, Seoul

Autumn leaves at Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul, South Korea. Download wallpaper (2560×1714)

Wallpaper Wednesday: Night Cruise, Singapore

Wallpaper Wednesday: Night Cruise, Singapore

Cruise Ship at night from VivoCity, Singapore. Download wallpaper (2560×1704)

Wallpaper Wednesday: Shaanxi Road, Shanghai

Wallpaper Wednesday: Shaanxi Road, Shanghai

Lights passing by driving down Shaanxi Road, French Concession, Shanghai, China. Download wallpaper (2560×1704)

Wallpaper Wednesday: Santa Maria de Montserrat, Spain

Wallpaper Wednesday: Santa Maria de Montserrat, Spain

Prayer candles at Santa Maria de Montserrat, Spain. Download wallpaper (2560×1704)

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