chicken-teriyaki

Chicken teriyaki

When you discover what's in a bottle of teriyaki sauce, you will wonder why you have been buying bottles and bottles of the stuff when it's so easy to prepare it at home. Mirin, sake, soy sauce and, optionally, honey. I like to add a bit of ginger but it's not really a must. … [Read more...]

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Hainanese chicken rice

Last night, there was a replay of the No Reservations episode shot in Singapore and, suddenly, I missed Singapore. I love the vibrancy of that city-state -- the food stalls where the food is so good it seems silly to go to pricey restaurants, the shops in the air-conditioned … [Read more...]

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Chicken with sweet chili sauce

Yesterday, I cooked a stir fried vegetable dish with mung bean sprouts, spinach, mushrooms and tofu. If you've cooked with mung bean sprouts and spinach before, you'd know how much water they expel during cooking. Had I allowed the stir fried dish to soak in all that liquid … [Read more...]

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Braised chicken with broccoli and cauliflower

Braising is a cooking method that means cooking slowly over low heat with a small amount of liquid. It is sometimes used interchangeably with pot roasting although purists like to make a distinction. In braising, it is usual to first brown and sear the meat before adding any … [Read more...]

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How to make: Ovo-vegetarian wilted spinach and fried egg

There's this spinach and tofu dish we had at Miyabi a couple of months ago that I've been itching to replicate at home. One time, I had spinach in the fridge but no tofu. Then, I saw a recipe for fried eggs and wilted greens in a blog that focuses on the South Beach diet and … [Read more...]

wilted-spinach-egg

Wilted spinach and fried egg

There's this spinach and tofu dish we had at Miyabi a couple of months ago that I've been itching to replicate at home. One time, I had spinach in the fridge but no tofu. Then, I saw a recipe for fried eggs and wilted greens in a blog that focuses on the South Beach diet and … [Read more...]

chicken-katsu

Chicken katsu

Before I learned to appreciate the raw seafood in Japanese cuisine, I was smitten with tonkatsu and that was what I'd order in just about every Japanese restaurant that I went to. Tonkatsu is deep-fried breaded pork ("ton") cutlets ("katsu") accompanied by a dark sweet … [Read more...]

ebi-tempura

Ebi (shrimp) tempura

Panko is a wonderful thing for fried food. And although traditionally used for dishes like tonkatsu, I like to use panko for making tempura too. Instead of dipping the shrimps in batter, I cooked my ebi tempura by dredging the shrimps in flour, coating them with egg and … [Read more...]

beef-asparagus-stirfry

Stir fried beef and asparagus

A recipe dedicated to a teacher who told his students that a soup made without sauteing anything is simply WRONG. Dear Teacher Blah, not every dish requires sauteing. In fact, not every dish requires garlic or onion or any of those traditional stuff used for sauteing. Try … [Read more...]