Category Archives: Ethnic

Apple Kheer

I had a huge bag of red gala apples staring at me saying “use me soon”. Several thoughts flipped through my head on what to do with them but I kept going back to one of my favorite desserts as a kid. Okay, so it even passed off for breakfast one several occasions. I love […]

Chawanmushi (Savory Steamed Egg Custard)

Silky soft steamed egg custard – class Japanese appetizer. Garnish with ikura (salmon roe). From the original site: Chawanmushi is a Japanese egg custard appetizer which consists of ginkgo nuts, shiitake mushrooms, kamaboko (Japanese fish cake), and an egg mixture flavored with dashi, soy sauce, and mirin. The egg custard is steamed in a cup […]

Pork Curry Donburi

As I mentioned in my Japanese Beef Curry post (, curry rice is one of Japanese kids’ favorite meals. I always looked forward to the day when my mom was making curry rice for dinner. We have a lot of curry rice specialty restaurants in Japan and it wouldn’t be incorrect to say it’s one […]

Lemon Chicken

Easy and delicious lemon chicken – recipe from Bee Yinn Low’s cookbook (Easy Chinese Recipes) From the original site: First of all, I have always wanted to cook delicious Chinese food for my husband. Most of you probably know that my husband is Chinese (precisely Taiwanese American), and I know how to cook a few […]

How to Make Aloo Palak

Aloo Palak is easy to make recipe for everyone, so learn how to make Aloo Palak! Special Instructions: Making time: 45 minutes Makes for: 6 Shelf life: Best fresh Ingredients: 3 cups chopped spinach 2 large onoins chopped fine 2 large potatoes boiled and peeled 1 tomato grated 2 green chillies 1″ piece ginger 1 […]

Coconut Ladoo

Coconut ladoo is nothing but Indian coconut truffles, flavoured with cardamom. You can easily wow! your guests with this simple and delicious. Next time if you are planning for any special occasion, remember this sweet. I’m sure you won’t get dissapointed by trying this. Special Instructions: Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Makes […]

Flavored Lentils (Daal)

This is for people with an appetite for non spicy yet flavored food. Vegetarian Recipe. The picture provided is copied from the internet, the cooked lentils look similar to the lentils in the picture. Special Instructions: Serves 6 to 8 people. Ingredients: 1 cup or 8 oz lentils 1 medium sized onion 1 heaped tablespoon […]

Ennai Kathrikai

Ennai Kathrikai is a tamil name. In tamil Ennai means oil and Kathrikai means brinjal. So when brinjals are fried and cooked in a tangy and spicy gravy, it’s known as Ennai Kathrikai. This is a popular South Indian dish which is normally served with briyani’s or pulavs. From the original site: To spice up […]

Thai shrimp spring rolls with peanut sauce and citrus soy.

These springs rolls are an excellent, healthy lunch (or dinner) option and are a breath of fresh air from your normal turkey sandwich or grilled chicken salad. The homemade sauces really add flavor and round out the dish. From the original site: Thai spring rolls with peanut sauce and citrus soy.

Budin de Huevos – Egg Bread Pudding!

I made this recipe by accident one day while trying to make a version of tres leches cake batter using the ingredients I had on hand, mainly cake flour and not all purpose flour. What came out was most certainly not a tres leches, but it was still pretty delicious. I have called this my […]

Torta Maria Luisa – Maria Luisa Cake

This is a Latin twist on a traditional Victorian Sandwich cake, also called a Victorian Sponge Cake. The zesty orange marmalade filling makes the cake oh so elegant and perfect for any fancy occasion. Even non-cake lovers won’t be able to say no to this cake! From the original site:  Nobody knows for sure why […]

Leche Poleada with Empanada Dippers

This is my new twist on a traditional Salvadoran food, empanadas made out of plantains (empanadas de platano). In El Salvador, empanadas de platano are usually eaten coated with sugar. In this recipe I make a vanilla egg custard (leche poleada) that I use to both dip the empanadas into, as well as to fill […]

Green Tea Ice Cream

Home made green tea ice cream, authentic green tea flavor with macha powder. From the original site: When I tasted this ice cream, I was surprised how authentic the taste was and it brought me right back to Japan!! If you know what I’m talking about and miss authentic Japanese green tea ice cream, then […]

Shrimp & Pork Wonton

Simple Japanese wonton recipe – traditional Chinese comfort food with a Japanese twist. From the original site: I will probably cook this soon as wontons are my kids’ favorite. Wontons are served differently in various part of China. For example, in the Canton area, it’s famous for wontons to be served with noodle and enjoyed […]

Zaru Soba (Cold Soba Noodles)

Zaru Soba – Japanese buckwheat noodle dipped in dashi soy sauce. From the original site: Summer in Japan can be really hot and humid, and Zaru Soba was one of my favorite lunch menu when I was growing up. As you see in the picture, cold soba noodles are typically served in zaru, which means […]

Chicken Karaage

Chicken Karaage – Japanese appetizer, deep fried seasoned boneless chicken. Drizzle with lemon. From the original site: Today I’m sharing my Chicken Karaage (鶏の唐揚げ) recipe at Cuisine Paradise. Ellena, the author of the website, is based in Singapore and she has been nominated for Singapore Blog Awards 2011.

California Roll

Homemade California roll, delicious crab in Japanese mayo dressing and avocado, garnished with tobiko and ikura roe. From the original site: Avocado: peel and cut avocado into quarter-inch slices (How To Cut Avocado). You can squeeze some fresh lemon juice on the cut avocados to prevent them from turning brown (optional).

Prawn Gravy

Prawns are the best of seafood to me, being born and brought up in a coastal area, I was always lucky enough to have the fresh and best seafood. When it comes to prawns, it’s simply irresistible for me. I wonder if there is anyone who doesn’t like prawns. Even if you hate prawns, once […]

Tonkatsu – Fried Pork Cutlet

Tonkatsu – breaded pork cutlet fried and served with tonkatsu sauce. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. From the original site: Tonkatsu is one of my husband’s favorite Japanese food (which includes yakitori, sushi, shabushabu, and Japanese steak). Whenever we go to Japan, we always make a mandatory stop at Wako or […]

Red Bean Ice Cream (Home made)

Azuki Ice cream – home made red bean ice cream drizzled with black sesame seeds From the original site: Red bean is by far the most popular ingredient or flavor in traditional Japanese sweets. Its prominence in Japanese sweets is similar to chocolate for western desserts. Even after living in the states for many years, […]

Fried lotus root with pork

Delicious fried lotus root appetizer, seasoned ground pork sandwiched between two slices of fried lotus root. From the original site: Today, I’ll share a lotus root recipe. If you have spent quite a bit of time in Asia, then you are probably familiar with lotus root as an ingredient. I found out that lotus root […]

Japanese Tuna and Mushroom Pasta

Japanese style spaghetti pasta prepared with tuna and 3 different kinds of Japanese mushrooms. Garnished with sliced Nori and Shiso. From the original site: What is Japanese pasta?? You might ask. Yes, not Ramen, no Udon, not Soba, but pasta. Japanese pasta is simply Italian pasta prepared with Japanese ingredients and flavors.   

Ginger Pork Shogayaki

Classic Japanese home cooking dish, pan fried thinly sliced pork marinated in ginger soy seasoning. Goes great on top of rice for a quick meal. From the original site: Today I want share Ginger Pork, one of the most common pork dishes we make at home and commonly offered in Japanese restaurants in the US. […]

Baba Ga-Hummus! (Roasted Eggplant Hummus)

I absolutely love baba ghanoush, that lovely middle eastern cousin of hummus, featuring eggplant as the star. So I bought an eggplant the other day intending to make some. As I pulled the roasted eggplant out of the fridge I remembered that last time I made baba ganouch with just one eggplant, it really didn’t […]

Tako Su (Octopus Salad)

Octopus sashimi slices marinated in a soy vinaigrette. Garnished with white sesame and seaweed. From the original site: As you know Japan is an island nation surrounded by bodies of water. With this abundance of water, the Japanese have learned to enjoy many seafood that are not typically served in other cultures. One of those […]