> > > Meatballs come in many shapes, sizes and flavors. In the western cuisine we are most familiar with Italian meatballs, while in Asian cuisine soup dumplings are the most common. Among Asian meatballs, Chinese lion heads are probably my favorite plain (no wrapper) meatballs. They are usually served in a flavorful soup, loaded […]

Seafood Fried Rice

> > > > > > Excerpt from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “Fried rice is a dish of cooked rice that has been stir-fried in a wok or a frying pan and is usually mixed with other ingredients such as eggs, vegetables, seafood, or meat. It is often eaten by itself or as an accompaniment to another dish. Fried rice is a popular component of East, Southeast and certain South Asian […]

Stir Fried Chicken And Vegetables

Does stir fried chicken ever get old? Not in my book, for sure 🙂 Its beauty lays in large part in its versatility. Not only can it be served with or without sauce, but there is no limit to the number of variations with which you can prepare the sauce. If you choose to prep […]

Shrimp And Rice Stick Pillows With Peanut Sauce And Sweet Chili Sauce

> Last night on my way home I stopped at a Vietnamese restaurant where I used to eat pho. I stopped eating there because of the tiny portions (see my post about it by clicking this link:  ….Pho…. Knowing that I would be disappointed by the skimpy pho, I placed my hope into an order of […]

Convenient Food (Pansit/Pancit)

  > > Having visited the  Philippines  in the mid-to late 70’s often, and then lived and worked there for 4 years during the early 80’s, my eating habits have been strongly influenced by its wonderful food, especially the appreciation of fresh, well-seasoned vegetables and a myriad of exotic fruit. While there are too many favorite dishes to mention, […]

East Meets West – Sauteed Beef With Bok Choy, Onions And Potatoes In Hoisin Sauce

> I could  have named this dish “Chinese Beef Stir Fry With Vegetables”, and it would also be absolutely correct. However, I named it  “Sautéed Beef With Bok Choy, Onions And Potatoes In Hoi Sin Sauce”, because I wanted to emphasize the fact that naming a dish that one creates, even if similar recipes exist, leaves one free […]

No Name Soup

> > This delicious soup follows the popular “whatever I find in the larder” principle. 🙂 Today, I found beef bones, mushrooms, canton noodles, eggs, cabbage, chinese sausage and fried shallots, which, together with a bit of time for the broth,  is all you need to prepare this tasty delight. > Bon Appétit !   Life is Good ! […]

Kecap Manis

> < > > Kecap manis  (ketjap manis), pronounced KEH-chup MAH-nees is an Indonesian sweet soy sauce with a molasses consistency and a dark brown color. Sometimes flavored with garlic, star anise, chili, five spice powder, etc, the sauce is more syrupy than commonplace soy sauce. Sold in most Asian markets, kecap manis can be used […]

Chicken In Salt Crust

> > One  of (culinary) life’s great mysteries for me is that so many people are buying roasted chicken at the supermarket. Wrapping that chicken in a bag and eat it much later (sometimes hours) ruins both the texture and the flavor. I just don’t get it……… 😦 Yet, to buy a raw chicken, season it […]

Shrimp Lo Mein ( 撈麵 )

> > Of  all the Chinese, Asian and Chinese/Asian-inspired dishes I prepare at home, the fast and easy to prepare Lo Mein is the one I cook most often. I usually vary the main ingredients according to what’s in my fridge and/or cupboard, but the basis are always Chinese wheat noodles, seasoned with oyster sauce, soy sauce, lemon […]