Category Archives: Ethnic

Capuccino Biscotti with Hazelnut and Almond

It’s great that this biscotti keeps for over a week, but it’ll never last that long in the jar. This recipe adapted from Sur la Table is quick, easy and unbelievably scrumptious! Make lots because you’ll want to wow everyone you know with it. From the original site: They are good make-ahead cookies and keep […]

Croissants you can conquer

This recipe stems from Julia Child’s traditional Croissants and Pain au Chocolat recipe. It might seem a bit daunting at first, but you realise that’s because each step is really detailed out, to help walk you through the entire process. It makes something so complicated and challenging quite a cakewalk. And you’re sure to feel […]

Sweet n’Sour Pork

This is my dad’s recipe that he’s used for as long as I remember. It’s a unique twist to the Chinese classic and when you use chilies, has a great bite! From the original site: He cooked his version of Sweet and Sour Pork, which is my favourite version (I guess it just goes that […]

Gajar ki Kheer/ Indian Rice Pudding with carrots

Traditional kheer has its origins in India and is made with milk and rice. Owing to India’s multi-regional nature, different versions of kheer are available in various parts of the country; Payassam in south India (made with jiggery and coconut milk) and in Bengal (with vermicelli and jiggery). This gajar ki kheer, I assume, and […]

Review: Stonefire Naan (plus ideas for use!)

  I’ve always loved naan, the Indian flatbread.  It’s so versatile.  I’m sure there are recipes out there to make your own, but I’m not really one for making my own bread, particularly when you can get good bread at the market.  The lovely people at Stonefire flatbreads sent me some samples to try* and […]


Tamales are a special treat reserved only for three holidays in Latin households – Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve. Tamales are delicious and are also surprisingly cheap and easy to make as well. Every country and family has their own version of tamales. Because my husband is from El Salvador, my version is typical […]

Quesadilla Salvadorena

Salvadoran quesadilla refers to a type of pound cake, not a hot cheesy filled tortilla. Quesadilla, in El Salvador, refers to a fluffy and moist pound cake that is made with a cheese called queso fresco. Parmesan cheese is the closest American counterpart to this cheese and works great in Quesadilla. Give this pound cake […]

Balado Sambal – Indonesian Chili Sambal (sauce)

this type of sambal is the most “helpful” dish for every housewife in Indonesia, because with only one sauce we can prepare a different kind of dish everyday! From the original site: Balado sambal have a rich taste of flavor. A slightly sour taste from the fresh tomato, a sweet one from sugar and a […]

Temari Sushi

Temari Sushi – the casual sushi anyone can make at home. Be creative and develop your own special temari sushi. From the original site: Temari Sushi is a casual sushi that we can make at home. You don’t need sushi chef’s skill to make these cute delicious little balls of sushi. Temari (“hand ball” in […]

Pumpkin Peda/Truffles

It’s Diwali today and I am feeling a little homesick. Not that we had lavish celebrations for Diwali but it was still a great time to decorate with lit oil lamps, light fireworks with friends, get gifts and eat tons of deliciously rich food. Now that I live in the U.S., I do not get […]

Japchae – Korean Sweet Stir Fry Noodle with Beef and Vegetables

All family member waiting this dish to be serve…This is one of our comfort food :) From the original site: Japchae is one of korean favorite traditional dishes, it’s a sweet stir fry noodle with vegetables and beef. Japchae often serve as side dish on korean house, if japchae serve only with rice in a […]

Kakiage Don

Deep fried golden vegetables with shrimp, crunchy veggie tempura with carrot, sweet potato, and gobo with homemade sauce over rice. From the original site: Kankana is currently on vacation spending time with her family in India so I accepted the honor of guest blogging on her site. Thank you Kankana for inviting me! I prepared […]

Salmon and Ikura Donburi

Salmon sashimi and fresh salmon roe served over shiso leaves and rice, garnished with thinly sliced nori . Easy meal that can be prepared in 5 minutes. From the original site: First of all, this is my children’s favorite donburi. They are really crazy about salmon sashimi and ikura and it’s interesting because these two […]

Grilled Eggplant (Yaki Nasu)

Fire roasted eggplant with ponzu and yuzu pepper sauce, garnished with green onion and bonito flakes. From the original site: If you are familiar with the Japanese cuisine, you are probably aware already that we place more emphasis on the natural flavor of the food instead of adding spices or seasonings. Japanese Grilled Eggplant is […]

Vegan Filipino Eggplant Omelette

Tortang Talong or Eggplant Omelette is made by frying eggplants dipped in egg batter. Many Filipinos love it because it’s tasty and convenient to cook, especially if they’re on a budget. Originally, Tortang Talong consists of eggplants and eggs. To veganize it, I replaced the eggs with a mixture that has squash, specifically, kabocha squash. […]

Balinese Fish Satay

Hope you can feel a little bit of Bali atmosphere and hope someday you can enjoy the beautiful island of Bali :) From the original site: One of the most well known traditional Bali dishes is Balinese Fish Satay or well known as Sate Lilit in Indonesia. This authentic satay is prepare with most known […]

Black Cod with Miso

Black cod, or sablefish, is known sometimes as “butterfish” as they are silky rich in omega-3 fats. This creamy white flesh pairs extremely well with sweet miso paste that is a tiny bit salty, and I’m pretty sure you will fall in love with this recipe. From the original site: Black Cod with Miso is […]

Shishamo Wrap

Shishamo (Japanese smelt) is one of Japan’s delicacies and popular appetizer. Usually grilled or fried whole. From the original site: While growing up I didn’t like Shishamo that much at all. My mom told me I had to eat at least one fish because they are good source for calcium. Now I’m a mother of […]

Kabocha Pork Stir Fry

Kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) pork stir fry with garlic soy sauce. From the original site: It’s the beginning of fall and various pumpkin recipes are starting to appear on websites and magazines. It made me think of sharing this easy and quick Kobocha recipe today. Kabocha is sometimes referred to as Japanese pumpkin or Kabocha squash […]

Salmon Onigiri (Rice Ball)

Onigiri (Japanese rice ball) with broiled salmon and shiso leaves. Great as a meal on the go. From the original site: Most of the time my children devour any broiled fish we serve, but once in a while there is leftover. I usually make Salmon Onigiri (Rice Ball) using the leftover. Shiso adds nice flavor […]

Squash Yogurt Soup With Panko Crusted Chicken

An Asian inspired Squash yogurt based soup served with Panko fried chicken. From the original site: This week’s soup was inspired by Marc Matsumoto of [No Recipes]. Not only are his recipes easy to prepare and delicious but his skills with the camera make his blog an alluring treat. His most recent post on the […]

Chicken & Tofu Burger Steak

Japanese-style steak made from chicken and tofu, healthy alternative to beef steak. From the original site: In Japan this dish is called Tofu Hambagu, however my husband pointed out that people may misunderstand it as “vegetarian” dish, so I changed the name since it contains ground chicken. If you are not a big tofu fan, […]

Potato Salad Pork Roll

Japanese cooking uses thinly sliced beef and pork for many dishes. One of the most common way to utilize these thin slices of meat is to roll something with it. For this recipe, I rolled Japanese potato side with thinly sliced pork. From the original site: Using sliced meat allows us to be very creative […]

Eggplant with Sesame Ponzu Sauce

Pan fried eggplant served in a tasty ponzu dressing. Easy to prepare and serve chilled. From the original site: Eggplant with Sesame Ponzu Sauce is one of my favorite eggplant recipe as it’s very easy to make! The combination of eggplant, shiso leaves, and the ponzu sauce is simply amazing. If you are having a […]

Japanese Potato Salad

What is Japanese Potato Salad? The main difference between Japanese and American potato salad is that Japanese potato salad always use mash potatoes. The rest of ingredients include ham, cucumber, carrot, egg, and sometimes corn or thinly sliced onion. It requires Japanese mayonnaise which is made with egg yolks instead of whole eggs, and apple […]