November 26, 2014
I could almost smell Christmas around the corner! Well, actually it is still a month away and technically, it is Thanksgiving tomorrow but since I’ve a few Christmas dinner parties lined up already, I’m wasting no time working on my menu! The thing about throwing dinner parties is we have to make sure most of the food could be prepared ahead of time, impress our guests and taste good at room temperature...
November 19, 2014
Occasionally, I would cave in to “comfort food” cravings. Accordingly to Mr. Wiki (Wikipedia), comfort food is food which often provides a nostalgic or sentimental feeling to the person eating it, frequently with a high carbohydrate level and a simple preparation...
November 5, 2014
Mention Thai food and thoughts of Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai, Green Curry Chicken, etc spring to my mind. However, do you know the genres of Thai Food? I admit I wasn’t that well versed until a couple of years ago when one of my Thai friends gave me a quick rundown on it. Apparently, Thai food is categorized as Northern Thai, Southern Thai, Aahaan Dtaam Song (General Thai food) and Isan. I was very intrigued in finding out more about Isan food...
October 30, 2014
Who doesn't like garlic bread? The only ones I know are Vampires? Or are they Draculas? I always get them mixed up. I wonder what will happen if I serve some to the zombies?? Oops..been watching too many zombie shows lately. Can't help it, hubby is a big zombie fan...
October 23, 2014
I would like to talk a little about my simple kimchi's post few weeks ago. It has generated several comments from the readers and the major concern was to let those marinated cabbage sit at room temperature for a couple of days before storing them in the fridge. Because we are staying in such a hot and humid country, foodstuff will usually go bad if we leave them out. That is a justified concern, I wouldn't risk leaving my kueh kuehs (our local cakes and desserts) or meat sauce out to go bad. However...
October 16, 2014
What happen if you find 2 potatoes sitting in your pantry and have absolutely zero will power to whip up a storm? I don’t know about you, but there are just days when I feel super lazy to cook anything fancy (just like writer’s block, is there such a word as cook’s block?), yet don’t want the ingredients to expire and go to waste. So I made potato salad! Found some other ingredients in the fridge which I thought would go nicely with the potatoes.
October 14, 2014
Our household is big on corn. Corn on the cob, corn salad, corn chowder, popcorn :-D…I especially love grilled corn on a stick. Whenever I pass by the street vendors selling them in Bali or Phuket, you will definitely see me walking away with at least one in my hand. My hubby recently sent me a link showing how to cook corn in 3 minutes and ever since, I’ve been making my own grilled corn at home! I just thought this is too good not to share. I'm sure some of you would have already seen this tip but for those who have not, enjoy!
October 3, 2014
If you like kimchi, then you MUST like Kimchijeon aka kimchi pancake. There's no reason not to (unless you are gluten intolerant). Jeon in Korean means pancake-like dish primarily made with sliced kimchi, flour batter and sometimes other vegetables. There are many different versions but this easy to make yet delicious recipe is the best (in my opinion). This is a very basic version, feel free to create your own by adding in your favorite vegetables, meat or seafood.
October 1, 2014
My obsession with Korean food possibly began the same time I watched my first K-drama (a decade ago). In most of the K-dramas, besides drooling over the actors (after my hubby, of course :-P), there will always be scenes of them eating galbi, drinking soju under some pojangmacha (tent restaurants) in freezing weather. Recently, there was this drama which featured some Korean fried chicken in a few scenes and soon, a new wave of fried chicken craze was born. Feeling inspired, I've decided to put together a Korean Fried Chicken recipe, using mainly wings. If you are not a wings fan, feel free to use your favorite parts of the chicken.
September 29, 2014
I'm a HUGE Kimchi fan. Be it baechu kimchi, kkakdugi, yeolmu kimchi, etc, I simply got to have it almost everyday. Looking at the amount of $$ I'm spending on kimchi, it makes economical sense for me to make it myself, right? After testing a few recipes, I found this to be the most easy-to-make and yummilicious version. The secret step here is making the flour paste. This step is optional but my Korean friend's mom told me it will bind the spices and absorbs better into the cabbage. Adjust the level of spiciness according to your taste bud.
September 25, 2014
They are generally a cross-sectional "ring" of onion dipped in batter or bread crumbs and then deep fried. Some would use onion paste (found in the frozen sections of supermarkets) but I personally think whole onion rings are the way to go. They are easy to make and taste oh-so-good. Dip your onion rings in ketchup or spicy sauces if you prefer. Now who can resist a plate of crispy crunch onion rings? I know I can’t!
September 12, 2014
As a cereal grain, Rice is the most widely consumed staple food for a large part of the world's human population, especially in Asia. As an Asian, we grew up eating rice. According to the Rice Association, there are more than 40,000 varieties of cultivated rice said to exist. They range from basmati to lemont and to arborio, from koshihikari to jasmine. In this recipe, I'm using Japanese rice (no, not from Fukushima). Feel free to use any other type of rice you fancy.
September 11, 2014
August 27, 2014
This is not your typical KFC coleslaw version. Sorry, mayonnaise lovers. I'll make it up to you all in other recipes. Red cabbage is also known as purple cabbage. The color comes from growing in acidic soils. Alkaline soil will produce greenish-yellow cabbages. Well, you get the idea. I prefer to use red cabbage instead of greenish-yellow cabbage in this recipe. However, if you can't get your hands on reddy, feel free to use good ol' greeny. :-)
August 25, 2014
After a heavy week of wine and dine, it is time to detox our bodies (at least for me!). I hereby pronounce this week to be "Salad Week"! Who says it is boring to have salads? Let's chase the Monday blues away with this delicious salad. A classic Caesar salad is a salad of romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and black pepper. The BNF version does not use egg or croutons but rather anchovies and the irresistible bacon. To make it as a meal, protein such as grilled chicken or ham is added. Jerk Chicken is one of my family's favorite topping. Of course in these days, there are so many different versions, there is no right or wrong as long as they taste good, right?
August 20, 2014
I love sprinkling these little gems on everything! Salads, rice, noodles, ice cream, etc. Ok, I'm just kidding about the ice-cream but then again, there really is garlic ice-cream, right? Use this crunchy, savory quinoa as a topping on any of your favorite salad.
August 18, 2014
I fell in love - Quinoa is the first name. Here is why. What is Quinoa? (pronounced as kin-wa). Quinoa is a grain crop grown primarily for its edible seed. The Incas held the crop to be sacred. Nutritional evaluations indicate that quinoa is a source of complete protein. I just simply acknowledged it as a superfood. Since discovering it earlier this year, Quinoa has been a staple source of grain in our household. You will find some really awesome quinoa recipes in BNF blog. In this post, I'm going to share with you this simple yet delicious salad. Toasted quinoa gives this crisp salad of cucumber, green onion and fresh coriander an oomph!