Hoddeok (hotteok): Korean sweet pancakes

Story has it that when the Qing dynasty dispatched armies to Korea in 1882, 40 merchants arrived with the Chinese soldiers. When the Qing dynasty fell, the merchants elected to stay in Korea, opened a restaurant and started selling dumplings and hotteok. Chinese dumplings … [Read more...]


Apple fritters

My first encounter with "apple fritters" was with Country Style Donuts where the fritters are made with donut dough with bits of apples, fried and rolled in sugar. I loved those apple fritters. I still do. Country Style outlets have become fewer but when we pass one, Speedy … [Read more...]


Cheese-stuffed meatballs

Meatballs may sound boring and common but if soft warm cheese oozes out when you bite into one, I doubt very much if the meatball will qualify as boring or common. And if the meatballs are made with a good mix of herbs and spices, the better they will taste.A sure hit at … [Read more...]


Cheese and spinach soufflé

I don't know why but, for many people I know, dishes with unpronounceable French and Italian names conjure images of sophistication and awesome sexiness. Like zabaione or soufflé. For some reason, the more tongue-twisting the name of the dish is, the more impressed people … [Read more...]


11 days of Christmas: appetizers and finger food

It's really not a challenge to make 11 appetizer dishes between now and Christmas day. They're a list of recommendations to so that you can have a starting point for choosing what may be the best and most appropriate appetizers you can prepare for those holiday parties. … [Read more...]


Cheese dip with roasted capsicum, garlic and scallions

The best gathering is one where the host or hostess is never too tired and stressed out to enjoy the company of the guests and have a good time. I like the idea of sitting in the garden, food on the table that everyone can help himself with and drinks on a side table where … [Read more...]


Skewered ox / beef tripe a la tempura

I'd call it a satay because the tripe strips were skewered. But the tripe was fried, not grilled, so the dish cannot really qualify as a satay. The tripe strips were also dipped in batter before frying and that makes the dish very similar to tempura. And since I have no idea … [Read more...]


Ovo-vegetarian fingerling sweet potatoes with aioli

In Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten made a dish of boiled fingerling potatoes that she served with aioli for dipping. Speedy and I adored the idea but decided that our version would have sweet potatoes instead. Not only are sweet potatoes cheaper, they are also healthier -- at … [Read more...]