Egg-topped soup


The most common way to include egg in a soup is to use the egg drop method -- beaten egg is poured in a thin stream into the hot soup, allowed to set minimally then stirred to form wispy threads of yellow in the soup. In many Asian soup dishes, including … [Read more...]

Tips for making a great bowl of ramen at home


Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish. What exactly goes into a bowl of ramen is something that differs from region to region and from cook to cook so there are endless varieties of ramen. The broth can be brown and transparent (the soy-flavored shoyu ramen), … [Read more...]

Tips for making good tempura


I like making tempura using the flour-egg-panko coating -- dredge in flour, dip in egg, roll in panko then fry. Sam prefers the camaron rebosado way -- dip in seasoned starch mixed with iced water then fry. It's simpler and there are less bowls to wash. … [Read more...]

Pork, apple and mashed potato burgers


At The Vegetarian Kitchen, burgers are made with lentils. Very interesting. They made me think of something similar that I've done not too long ago. In how to cut down on meat and fat without sacrificing flavor and texture, I used chopped oyster mushrooms … [Read more...]

In cooking, what does “layering flavors” mean?


In today's world where health fads dictate that everyone ought to be conscious of his sodium intake, many cooks have developed the habit of adding no seasoning to the food during cooking. Instead, salt and pepper shakers are placed on the table and each … [Read more...]

Tips for perfectly-textured stir-fried eggplants


Eggplants. Inexpensive. Filling. Easy to prepare. Versatile. Cooks in a jiffy. Eggplants are moist and succulent and, if you're lucky to have Asian eggplants, sweet. What's not to like? The trouble with eggplants is that cooking them can be tricky. … [Read more...]

Tie-dye steamed cake a.k.a. rainbow-colored puto


"Tie-dye" is a process of dyeing fabric so that unique patterns are formed usually in bright colors. Sam was the one who brought the idea into our house. She tie-dyed some shirts and I even managed to photograph her at work. The idea of using the … [Read more...]

How to survive kitchen disasters


Don't think that just because you can cook, you're immune from kitchen disasters. I've been cooking since the fourth grade and I still make mistakes. Sometimes, the mistake isn't even exactly my fault. For instance? We use a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) … [Read more...]