Tag: garlic

Quick Nappa Cabbage Kimchi

Quick Nappa Cabbage Kimchi

I have to confess I am a kimchi fanatic. In fact, lately I have been experimenting quite a bit with making different fermented vegetables and fruit after reading The NOMA Guide to Fermentation by Rene Redzepi and the team at the Nordic Food Lab. I hope to 

Vietnamese herb and pomelo salad with roasted salmon belly

Vietnamese herb and pomelo salad with roasted salmon belly

One of the things I love about Northern California is the prevalence of farmer’s markets brimming with local produce and seafood. Last weekend one of the vendors had fresh salmon bellies from fish that had been caught off the coast that morning.  Salmon bellies along 

La Paz Batchoy – Philippines Pork Noodle Soup

La Paz Batchoy – Philippines Pork Noodle Soup

Before the Spaniards arrived in the Philippines, Chinese traders frequented the island chain and brought a lot of their culinary influences, including noodle soups  However, this soup is not strictly Chinese and has Spanish influences such as the addition of  chicharron or pork cracklings.  I 

Stir Fried Celtuce

Stir Fried Celtuce

One of my favorite Chinese vegetables is celtuce, sometimes referred to as asparagus lettuce or Chinese lettuce.  Though it is not very common in the United States, it really should be.  It is packed with vitamins and niacin, has a mild nutty asparagus like flavor, 

Stir Fried Chinese Broccoli (gai lan)

Stir Fried Chinese Broccoli (gai lan)

Chinese broccoli or gai lan is one of my favorite vegetables. Not only is it super versatile and easy to cook, but it is also filled with folic acid, lots of vitamins and dietary fiber.  I often pair it with meat dishes or dishes that are a 

Sri Lankan Green Jackfruit Curry

Sri Lankan Green Jackfruit Curry

Although jackfruit is not that common in North American groceries, it is definitely worth seeking out.  This fruit originally from Southern India is now grown widely throughout Southeast Asia and is the largest tree-borne fruit, reaching up to 80 lbs!   Don’t fear, however, you 

Homemade Sriracha

Homemade Sriracha

I’m smitten.  Ok, yes, normally I would reserve that terminology for a person, maybe even a favorite pet, but this experiment making sriracha sauce in my own kitchen will likely change the way I cook.  I’m already planning on experimenting with making my own XO 

Pork Adobo with Coconut Milk

Pork Adobo with Coconut Milk

I’m a vinegar fiend.  I put it in everything. Just a touch of acidity makes other flavors pop.  In fact, before reaching for the salt shaker, try adding a drop or two of vinegar or lemon juice.  I think you might be surprised at how 

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