Chinese Restaurant Curry

Serves 3 The first time I ate curry was the one available from the local Chinese restaurant. It was my neighbor from Colombo who treated us with this meal. Her family was the famous musician and all her siblings could play the piano well. Her favorite song to play was “La Paloma”. Anyway, I went…

Bell Peppers

  Aren’t these peppers pretty? I bet you want to plant this in the garden. I did it last year but it seems that it needs a lot of space to grow healthy. These peppers belong to the species Capsicum. The taste is sweet and crunchy, you can eat it fresh cut on salads. The…

Pacar Cina

Serves 4 This is a dessert that most of Indonesian children loves, Pacar Cina sweet porridge. These are colored tapioca pearls with coconut milk. In Javanese traditional market they combine this with biji salak and sweet rice flour porridge called bubur sum sum. I got some sent from my mother and my daughters always asked…

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

Serves 2 I use to eat at hawker stall and order flat rice noodles with thick beef stock heavily spiced then topped with fresh beansprout. As side, they provide some chili sauce and little lime to enhance the taste. I never knew the name of the dish and never tried to find out also. Every…

Eggplants

Todays food photography models are eggplant. It turns out that eggplants are not considered as vegetables but are berries. Eggplants came from India and Bangladesh. They belong to the night shade members together with tomatoes and potatoes. Asian used eggplants as cooking dishes at around 3 A.D. Eggplants are healthy substitute for meat perfect for…

Suriname Coconut Milk Shaved Ice

Makes one portion One of my favorite style of shaved ice is the Suriname one. It is shaved ice, covered with syrup then added with coconut milk. I always let the ice melt a bit so that the syrup can blend with the coconut milk. Usually they sell this on stick in the form of…

Sauteed Oyster and Pokcoy in Oyster Sauce

When my family partied at the oyster festival in Matsushima. I observed that one of the most favorite stall was sauteed oyster and pokcoy in oyster sauce. I craved to make them at home and the great part is that oysters are in season. This dish is easy to make and tasted so good that…