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Nepalese Peanut Salad (Badam Sandheko)

Nepalese Peanut Salad (Badam Sandheko)

I immediately fell in love with this simple salad after encountering it at a rooftop bar in Pokhara.  It pairs exceedingly well with beer, which is why it is often featured on bar menus throughout Nepal.  This salad is spicy, mouth tingling, sour, crunchy, and is a…

Stir-fried Fenugreek Leaves

Stir-fried Fenugreek Leaves

Nepal was totally transformational for me.  I could go on and on about my experience there, but one of the most surprising revelations was the food.  All I had heard from friends who had visited or trekked there was that the food was monotonous and…

Dali Grilled Eggplant with Chili bean sauce

Dali Grilled Eggplant with Chili bean sauce

One of the first impressions I had of Dali in Yunnan Province was the freshness and variety of vegetables and produce.  Local restaurants competed for customers with colorful displays of all of the seasonal produce on offer.  Some establishments would have up to 20 varieties…

Coconut Glazed Ube Donuts

Coconut Glazed Ube Donuts

Since it is National Donut Day, I figure it would be fitting to post my recipe for coconut glazed ube donuts.  I’m always looking for dessert ideas inspired by Asian ingredients and this one seemed to be a no-brainer.  When I was in the Philippines,…

Xinjiang-style Lamb Skewers

Xinjiang-style Lamb Skewers

While studying chemical engineering as an exchange student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, I would often look to the music collection at the campus library as a respite to the heat and frenetic pace of Hong Kong.  It was through this…

Shoyu Koji with Cucumbers

Shoyu Koji with Cucumbers

This isn’t really much of a recipe, but I think it deserves mention anyway.  Everytime I have this dish, it takes me back to the hot muggy summers in Kesennuma when all of the hotels opened up roof-top beer gardens and served simple grilled dishes…

Yunnan Pineapple Salad

Yunnan Pineapple Salad

Although Yunnan, a Southwestern province of China that borders Burma, Laos, and Vietnam, does not have a cuisine that is very well known outside of China, it is becoming increasingly popular in Beijing and Shanghai, and it is only a matter of time before the…

Poached Asian Pears

Poached Asian Pears

  When I entertain, I’m always looking for a simple dessert to finish the meal.  Though meals in Asia do not typically include a dessert course, I think fruit makes the perfect choice.  Whether it is perfectly ripe tangerines that are sliced into wedges, fried…

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup (Niu Rou Mian)

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup (Niu Rou Mian)

  I was thumbing through some old copies of Saveur Magazine recently and found their recipe for Taiwanese beef noodle soup (牛肉面)and thought I should experiment a bit in the kitchen.  As a student in Taiwan, I would often stop by the small street vendors…

Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi Stew)

Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi Stew)

I was fortunate enough this past Thanksgiving to receive a container of homemade cabbage and radish kimchi from one of my mom’s friends in Atlanta.  Although this meant making the 11 hour drive back to DC with a bucket of kimchi in the back seat,…