If you like Satay, try Kare-kare.

Kare-kare was the first local dish to grasp my taste buds after moving to Manila. With a peanut butter base not unlike a satay sauce, the Malay influenced Pampanga favourite is usually made with oxtail and tripe. Although anything from pig hocks, chicken, vegetables to fish are well loved. Mild, rich and savoury, a typical…

Mango Tart 芒果撻

Such a delightful summer dessert, or as a breakfast danish! I found this recipe from Epicurious and adapted it a little, the original called for sour cream and cream cheese – basically the same thing but lighter and nicer. Mango Tart 200g – puff pastry 1/2 cup – mascapone cheese 1/2 cup – creme fraiche…

Kimchi 韓國泡菜

There are a lot of Chinese Koreans living in northeastern China so the streets of my hometown are dotted with Korean restaurants. When I was small it used to be a special treat to get taken to one for a bowl of cold noodles. Koreans seem to be very good at using the simplest things…

Black Sugar Yogurt Muffins 黑糖酸奶鬆糕

  Tastes of rich cocoa and minerals, Okinawa black sugar is definitely my favourite. I get this kind that comes in a mixture of powder and clumps, when used in baking it gives off little pockets of concentrated flavours, almost like a chocolate chip. The yogurt gives it extra moisture, and the oatmeal makes the…

Game Bird Rotisserie with Asian Marinade 旋轉烤雞

Rotisserie is my favourite way of having poultry. The juice of the bird gets distributed evenly throughout cooking and results in the moistest, most delicate meat and crispy skin. I found these little game birds in the supermarket and decided to give it a try. My grill is a little too strong and burned the…

Homemade Pasta 自制意粉

Pasta is another thing I cannot go back to store-bought after making myself. Seems to me now it is unforgivable for restaurants to serve dried pasta – it is so easy to make fresh! Homemade Pasta Ingredients (serves 2): 250g All-purpose Flour 2 Eggs Cold or Chilled Water Process: Mix eggs and flour, mix in…

Homemade Northeastern Noodles 自製東北麵條

Nearly every region in China has its own versions of noodles. In the northeast and midwest noodles and other wheat products used to hold the place of rice today, and maybe still so in some families. Chinese are so in love and proud of their noodles some say Marco Polo came and learned it so…

Mango Icecream Mochi 芒果雪糕糯米糍

I can’t seem to find a good English name for this little dessert adapted from the Southern Chinese traditional Dim Sum. “Sticky Rice Cake stuffed with Mango Icecream” or “Glutinous Rice Cake stuffed with Mango Icecream” just don’t seem to cut it.. Luckily the Japanese have a cute word for it (as they do for…