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(Taiwanese) Braised Pork

(Taiwanese) Braised Pork

The dish this is based on is called Lou Rou Fan but I will refrain from calling this recipe by that name because I probably don’t make it the way it’s made in Taiwan with all the ingredients that are supposed to be in the […]

Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies

Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies

This was an experiment that came about when I was given a very large zucchini. I’ve made zucchini bread before and the recipe is essentially the same as the Steamed Banana Bread recipe (just with zucchini instead of bananas), so I wanted to try something […]

Five Spice Chicken Bao

Five Spice Chicken Bao

If I make a lot of any kind of roasted/braised/baked meat, I usually have leftovers and since I’ve perfected the fluffiest, softest most delicious bao dough, I’ve been making bao with all my leftovers. These bao were particularly delicious; the main flavours of this filling (five […]

Five Spice Roasted Chicken

Five Spice Roasted Chicken

A creation that came about when I was craving something like Taiwanese 3-cup chicken but didn’t have rice wine. Although, this turned out quite different as the star of the show is Chinese five-spice powder, it still hit the spot. This recipe is very customizable […]

Spicy Korean Stew

Spicy Korean Stew

I don’t call this by any actual Korean stew name (kimchi-jjigae or dwaejigogi-jjigae or sundubu-jjigae, for example) because I don’t always have all the ingredients that go into any specific Korean stew. I do always have Gochujang, though and just Gochujang, garlic and ginger are […]

Bao (Steamed Buns)

Bao (Steamed Buns)

This recipe is more about making the dough for the bao rather than the filling. You can fill bao with almost anything you like, sweet or savoury. I’ve used a pork, mushroom and chive mixture, similar to the filling used for the Dumplings recipe and store-bought anko […]

Dumplings

Dumplings

As with most of the cooking I do, this is not a “recipe” per say but some general guidelines on how to make some kick-ass dumplings. As you’ll see there are no ingredients amounts, just ingredient suggestions. It’s really up to you what ingredients and […]

Steamed Banana Bread

Steamed Banana Bread

What do you do when you have very ripe bananas and no oven? Steamed banana bread, of course. This banana bread is super moist and tender due to steaming. Of course you can use this recipe and bake the banana bread – it will be just as […]

Fish Cutlets

Fish Cutlets

Everyone loves these fish cutlets. Crunchy on the outside and exploding with flavour on the inside. As always, the ingredients listed below are just guidelines. Adjust the amounts and ingredients to make your own fish cutlet – the amount of fish and potatoes, the spices […]

Spicy Flattened Rice (Kanda Batata Poha)

Spicy Flattened Rice (Kanda Batata Poha)

This is a traditional Maharastian vegetarian breakfast. It’s something that reminds me of home as I don’t think you can find this at restaurants. My mom would often make this for Saturday morning breakfasts or for a light lunch. Recently, my mom talked me though […]