Steamed Rice Cakes / Bibingkas

Popular at Christmas and or Meriendas

Cooking with Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk

There may be as many recipes for Bibingkas, a custardy cake popular in the Philippines, as there are for Lumpia or Adobo.  Bibingkas often appear at meriendas,or afternoon teas.  This version is popular at Christmas in the Philippines and is often made at home and also often sold outside churches during the holidays. Continue reading

Adobe with Chicken Livers / Adobo Sa Mga Livers Ng Manok

The Most Famous Philippine Dish
Annatto is Key Here

White Vinegar

Adobe, a soupy stew flavored with Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Bay leaves, and black peppercorns, is perhaps the best-known Philippine dish.  This version, based  on an Ilongo original, omits the Soy Sauce and is lower in Salt than some more Continue reading

Fish with Lemongrass and Ginger

Asian Fusion with Latin American Notes
Saffron Meets Cilantro, Coconut, Lemongrass

Cooking Thai dishes with Tiparos fish saue

Fish Sauce

This Fusion recipe makes enough to serve four persons.  It takes about half an hour to prepare, another half hour to marinate, and about ten minutes to cook. Goes well with Saffron Rice. Another way to use Lemongrass. Continue reading

Grilled Chicken Wings with Turmeric and Lemongrass

Lemongrass Meets Tamarind Meets Nam Pla

Tamarind pods from Thailand

Tamarind Pods

A Malaysian concept in which a variety of aromatics combine to provide lots of flavor.  But less fat than in the Standard American version of Fried Chicken.  Flavor beats the Standard American Buffalo Chicken Wings hands down, with its goopy commercial sauces full of unidentified Continue reading

Berry Pavlova

A National Dish for Two Countries
Quintessential Pacific Rim Fusion

Using whie Balsamic vinegar to cook Asian foods

When legendary Russian ballet danger Anna Pavlova toured Australia in the early 20th century, she became all the rage.  A special berry dessert was created in her honor.  It became the national dessert of Australia.  The same thing also happened in New Zealand.  So versions of Berry Pavlova have become the national dessert of both countries.  Typical Pacific Rim Fusion dish.  Continue reading

Another Thai Omelet / ไข่เจียว

Found on Menus Throughout Thailand
Sriracha Meets Cilantro

“This omelet appears in one form er another everywhere in Thailand. And every local region has their own variation> — Nancy S. McDermott

Cooking Thai dishes with Tiparos fish saue

Fish Sauce

This omelet is not just for breakfast, but can appear any any time of day.  In the context of a Thai meal, it would be served to several people along with other dishes.  McDermott served as a Peace Corps volunteer to Thailand and later wrote a cookbook featuring regional dishes she learned in Thailand.  So  a staple of Thai cuisine.

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Pho, Again

Ultimate Fusion Food
High Marks for Flavor, Nutrition

Instant Beef Pho

Beef Pho

Pho is the ultimate Fusion food.  It got started when the Vietnamese were trying to  find a use for the leftover Beef after the cattle were slaughtered to make steaks for the French colonial rulers.  Pho became a national dish, all in less than a century, and eventually came to be served in more than a hundred varieties. Continue reading

Fried Rice Strips – Char Kway Teow

Penang Street Food
Taste of Shrimp and Smoke

Using garlic to make Nasi Minyak, Savory Rice

Garlic

This simple stir-fried dish of flat Rice Noodles, Bean Sprouts, Eggs, Shrimp, Garlic and maybe Chinese Sausage, is typical of the street food for which Penang is famous. Continue reading

Stir-Fried Chicken with Mint

 

Burmese Version of Larb, without Shrimp Sauce
You Do Need Sambal Oelek

cooking with Indonesian hot sauce Sambal Oelek

Sambal Oelek

This recipe, which uses no Shrimp Paste, is a Burmese-Chinese version of Larb, the hearty Thai minced Meat dish.  You do need Sambal Oelek, which is an Indonesian condiment, so this dish is really a confluence of Southeast Asian influences.

But theta’s not too surprising, as Burma borders on five countries and has borrowed from all of their cuisines while Continue reading