This has been a favorite of our family since I first made it. I was inspired by a YouTube video I watched about Nikkei cuisine (basically Japanese-influenced Peruvian cuisine) and since I had some eggplant in the fridge and all the other ingredients needed, I made this. The miso sauce was adapted from another recipe, but the cheese on top of the eggplant is “Nikkei-influenced”. You can also make this without the cheese on top and it is also delicious.
I occasionally crave snacks and sweets from my homeland (Singapore) and this is one of the many things I miss from home. The chewy interior, crisp exterior and sweet and salty peanut filling never fails to satisfy me. It took me some time and many tries before finding a recipe and technique that produced similar min chiang kueh to the ones I can get back home.
This is one of my favorite ways to have fish if it has to be done Chinese-style. My mom fried fish this way and my grandmother was the one who taught me how to do it. This is one of the two things my grandmother taught me how to cook, the other being lotus root soup.
I’ve suffered from digestive issues most of my life and recently realized that I might have a coconut intolerance. I usually have “tummy issues” after consuming most things coconut – milk, water, etc. As such, I’ve started to avoid foods with coconut in them (if I can help it) and so far my tummy has been okay.
This is a favorite and staple meal in our family. I cook this pretty often (at least twice a month?) and we all love it. It is very easy to whip up and elements of this dish can be prepared beforehand making it easy to bring everything together. Since my family loves roasted cauliflower I always roast at least two heads when I make this.
I was introduced to this recipe by my ex-Indian neighbour. We used to share food with each other and I learned how to make a number of Indian dishes from her. I have to say that though I used the same recipe she passed to me, the results were slightly different. I wasn’t able to recreate the same taste and gravy consistency. I even used the same ingredients! Alas, this curry is delicious with rice but more so with noodles (in my opinion). Boil up some somen noodles, ladle on some curry and chicken and enjoy!
I love Korean japchae and always look forward to eating it as one of the “ban chan” dishes served at Korean restaurants. I have tried a few japchae recipes but this one is probably my favorite so far. I added more garlic to the original recipe and combined it with some of the techniques/ingredients from other japchae recipes.
My mother-in-law introduced me to dried pollock, a type of dried fish used commonly in Korean cooking. She initially told me that I could just cook the fish along with some carrots and onions. I tried doing that but the soup wasn’t as flavorful as she described. I decided to make something the Koreans would make. Bugeoguk is known as a “hangover soup” in Korea.
In many ways I’m glad I’m Chinese and grew up with parents who taught us that most animal parts can be eaten. Yes, they also told us some animals shouldn’t really be eaten (like dogs and cats). That being said, in our family we often fought over who would get to eat the fish head, chicken livers and feet and devour the last pig trotter. I developed an appetite for the weird and wild from young.
If you ever have the opportunity to go to IKEA in Singapore, you must try the fried chicken wings – they are amazing! Apparently, IKEA Singapore sells more fried chicken wings annually than Swedish meatballs.