March 10, 2018
- Cacio e Pepe literally means cheese and pepper in Italian. Consisting of just 3 ingredients - pasta, black pepper and pecorino romano cheese, it is the most basic yet exceptionally tasty pasta to master in the kitchen.
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December 9, 2016
Pasta is always good and when paired with seafood, even better. Unless if you are allergic or simply not a fan of crustaceans. All hope is not lost as this tomato based dish is easily customized according to your own preference of ingredients. Right up to the type of pasta. The fanfare of this Spaghetti al Cartoccio is in its presentation. That being said, making a good tomato sauce is essential to the success of this dish. Today, I used Alce Nero Organic Pasta Sauce with Basil...
November 11, 2016
Simple, unpretentious and comforting. The description of this Minced Pork Noodles Tossed with Scallion Oil is enough to make anyone want to give it a go. In lieu of the previous write up on shallot scallion oil, this noodle dish is the perfect trial run in utilizing that aromatic homemade scallion oil that you have probably just prepared previously...
September 7, 2016
Growing up in a Cantonese household, one of our childhood breakfast items I could still fondly reminisce is this Easy Stir-fry Soy Sauce Noodles. There are no fancy ingredients used in this humble noodle dish, the key ingredient is good ol’ light and dark soy sauce. Since they are the “star” in this dish, it makes sense to use good quality soy sauce...
May 13, 2016
Watching Food Network channel either makes you hungry all the time or you could actually pick up some really awesome recipes (in my case, both!). This Sweet Onion Carbonara Pasta is one of my current favorite dish to make for the gang.Did you know the name carbonara is derived from carbonaro (charcoal burner) and that the Italian coal miners were believed to be the ones who first made the dish? ...
April 6, 2016
When it comes to comfort food, besides my favorite Asian cuisine, pasta ranks number 2 on my list. There are so many different shapes of pasta – spaghetti, fusilli, penne, rigatoni, etc. Pairing the correct pasta shape with different types of sauces can make a difference in the overall enjoyment...
February 26, 2016
Growing up in a typical Asian family, rice is definitely one of the staple carbs in our family. However, I’ve never been a fan of rice. I’m more of a noodles / vermicelli girl. This Pad See Ew is perfect as a quick lunch or dinner meal. You could add any of your favorite vegetable or protein, it is that versatile.Pad means stir-fry and See Ew means soy sauce,...
November 6, 2015
The hype of Louisiana-Style Cajun seafood restaurants serving fresh and hearty seafood has been sweeping our shores since a couple years back and one of my favorite restaurants has got to be Dancing Crab. The no-frills concept is pretty straight-forward. Choose the choice of seafood (crabs, prawns, mussels, etc), type of sauce (their signature sauce is really awesome) and the whole bag of seafood is emptied on your table. It’s all about getting those fingers dirty and working. Last heard, the laid-back American restaurant has already ventured into the shores of Jakarta and Tokyo, well done!Anyhow, today’s post is not about crabs. In fact, garlic noodles is one of my favorite side items to have...
September 18, 2015
f you are a pasta and cheese lover, then today’s Double-B Mac and Cheese recipe is made for you! Any guesses what “Double-B” am I referring to? Netspeak for baby? Blackberry? Okay, I admit I’m kinda lame (sometimes). As testified by my family. “Double-B here means Bacon and Broccolini. Bacon just makes everything taste better and recently, I’ve been going town at broccolini. You would think they are baby broccoli but in fact, broccolini is hybrid of broccoli and kai-lan.
August 19, 2015
What is Gnocchi (pronounced nyo-kee)? For those who are unfamiliar with it, gnocchi is an Italian soft doughy dumpling made mainly from potato, flour and egg. To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of gnocchi. The ones I had before were dense, floury and chewy. I genuinely thought they were supposed to taste that way and had written it off as another food on my do-not-eat list...
April 24, 2015
What is Arrabbiata? For those who are not familiar with this word, “Arrabbiata” means “angry” in Italian. When translated into Italian cooking, it means a spicy tomato sauce made with garlic, tomatoes and red chili. Think pomodoro (tomato) sauce with a spicy kick...
April 8, 2015
Getting kids to eat their vegetables has always been an ongoing battle. I was a living example. I used to detest eating fibrous part of those pesky greens or really any other parts that didn’t resemble the leaves. Those were donkey years ago and now, I can’t live without my greens at every meal. Okay, enough about me...
February 27, 2015
December 12, 2014
This is yet another of my “lazy one-person meal” to make when I’m home alone. Now, even though the term “lazy one-person meal” sounds boring, the taste is far from it. Three words – tasty, umami, addictive. In fact, it is one pasta dish I could eat everyday! (Ok, maybe a bit exaggerating but you get the drift.)...
September 24, 2014
This is one of the very first risotto dish I've learned 13 years ago. Risotto is a north Italian rice dish cooked in broth to a creamy consistency. Properly cooked risotto is rich and creamy but still with some resistance or bite: al dente, and with separate grains. There are many variations of risotto - chicken, seafood, asparagus, etc. But mushroom is my top favorite.
September 4, 2014
I shall declare today to be Throwdown Thursday! Some might ask - what the heck is a throwdown? Well, I'm happy to explain. Inspired by the popular Food network television program - Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, his mission was to challenge cooks renowned for a specific dish or type of cooking to a cook-off of their signature dish. Both chefs will prepare their own version of the dish and the judges will have blind taste tests to decide the winner.Here at BNF, I plan to recreate some of the restaurants' signature dishes I've tasted and love. Since this is my first throwdown challenge, what better way to start it off with a much sought after dish - Gunther's Cold Truffle Angel Hair Pasta with Oscietra Caviar? Ok, but I have to be honest here. Since oscietra caviar is like one the most prized and expensive caviar, I'm replacing it with normal caviar...:-P
August 8, 2014
Now, except for my best friend who does not like any shell fish, I haven't met anyone who could say no to vongole aka clams. Wow your loved ones or dinner guests with this simple yet delicious recipe! Italians prepare this dish two ways: bianco, i.e., with oil, garlic, parsley, and sometimes a splash of white wine; and in rosso, like the former but with tomatoes and fresh basil, the addition of tomatoes being more frequent in the south. Cream and cheese are never added to this dish. The "creaminess" in this dish is called "emulsione" (emulsion in English), which comes from adding the pasta water and tossing the pasta well. I like mine bianco (with more than a splash of white wine) so here’s a super easy peasy version that never fails. Oh, I usually buy my favorite bottle of white wine so I can finish.. I mean have a glass or two over dinner.