Southeast Asian food at Banana Leaf

My mother had been wanting to treat us to lunch-merienda-dinner for the longest time but finding a day when the girls would be free turned out to be a challenge. Weekends are already tight, it's almost the end of the term and the pig out date had to be rescheduled several … [Read more...]


Roti John

When Speedy saw Bobby Chin making Roti John in an episode of Cafe Asia, he promised he'd make Roti John at home. And he did.A popular hawker food in Malaysia and Singapore, Roti John is a sandwich and omelet in one. Beef, eggs, chopped shallots and chili paste are … [Read more...]


20-minute chicken and vegetables with coconut cream

Spicy, aromatic, rich and, best of all, fast. This is an express version of my mixed vegetables with coconut cream. Chicken thigh fillet strips are sauteed then boiled gently with parboiled vegetables in coconut cream. Chicken fillets, especially when cut into thin strips, … [Read more...]


Congee is rice porridge is arroz caldo

Last Thursday, Speedy and I were at the market. There was one stall selling premature chicken eggs (if we had left the house earlier, there would have been more stalls selling them but these things sell like hot cakes and I was lucky to still find some in that one stall) and … [Read more...]


Thai inspired fish roe soup

Inspired by the Thai fish roe soup called tom yam khai pla, this soup is similar to sinigang but with deeper flavors and aroma because of the inclusion of lemongrass, holy basil and kaffir lime leaves (all picked from my garden) among the ingredients. The citrusy notes were … [Read more...]

If I were to prepare an Asian-themed New Year meal…

I thought about starting a separate blog for Holiday menu ideas, but, what the heck? There's no reason why they can't all be published here. That way, you won't have to switch from one location to another. No need to get confused, right? Most of us are already much too … [Read more...]


Light and crisp fish and corn fritters

According to one of the Thai cookbooks I own, a dish called prawn and corn fritters is a popular street food in Thailand. I didn't see anyone selling this dish in Phuket but that didn't stop me from doing my version once I got home. Instead of prawns, however, I used … [Read more...]


Clams, noodles, chicken, taro and a food column

In an unexpected twist of events, Feast Asia is now on print. No, not as a cookbook -- not yet, anyway -- but as a food column. Last week, I got a text massage message from the Lifestyle editor of Manila Standard Today (where I write an opinion column Tuesdays and Thursdays) … [Read more...]


(Vietnamese style) Honey ginger chicken

Over two years ago, when I first cooked a chicken dish seasoned with a combination of honey, lemon and ginger, I thought I created something original. In fact, I found it amusing that it was inspired by Halls candy -- you know, the honey lemon flavored ones?Little did I … [Read more...]

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Beef, ginger and pineapple stew

This is the day when I vow never to pay attention when I see the "Buy 1, Take 1" signs all over Shopwise. Not that the cooked dish turned out badly. On the contrary, what a salvage operation it was. The problem was the beef. The meat must have come from a hundred-year-old … [Read more...]