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...]


My Thai at Eastwood Mall

If you ask me which Asian cuisine I like best, I won't hesitate to say "Chinese!" But ask me which Asian cuisine I like next to Chinese, I'll probably take my sweet time coming up with an answer. I'll think about all the Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes that I like, … [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...]


Crustasia at Shangri-La Plaza

We had passed by Crustasia many times, we even took a peek at the buffet once but we never felt drawn enough to actually try it. One factor is that we don't do buffets anymore as we prefer to eat a la carte -- you know, the kind that is prepared only after we have ordered. … [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...]


A feast in Phuket

When people ask what I think of Phuket, I tell them the food is simply fantastic. It's an answer that weirds out many because I know that the question is just another way of asking whether I agree with the raving reviews of Phuket's beaches. They are what Phuket is famous … [Read more...]


Tamarind paste

When I don't have fresh tamarind in the kitchen and I need tamarind juice (extract) for a dish that I want to cook, I use tamarind paste. Of course, not having fresh tamarind in the kitchen will soon be a thing of the past since my tamarind tree in the garden is growing … [Read more...]