Red Snapper with Coconut Almond Dipping Sauce

Tropical Approach to a Popular Fish
Almonds and Coconuts are the Key

Creating delicious Japanese dishes with Wocestershire sauce

Worcestershire Sauce

This Southeast Asian Fusion dish combines some unusual ingredients, including Worcester Sauce, Mace and Black Pepper.  The key elements are a sauce combining Continue reading

Making Coconut Milk

A Malaysian Cook’s Staple

Cooking with Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk

In another article we’ve discussed some of the nutritional aspects and uses of Coconut Milk.  You can buy it canned at Asian stores and many supermarkets.  Or you could make your own: This Malaysian cook’s staple procedure is  similar to the method used throughout  southeast Asia:

Coconut Milk



2 cups fresh shredded Coconut or thawed frozen Coconut
2 cups boiling Water


First combine the Coconut and Water in a food processor or blender.  Blend until very smooth, at least a minute.  Let stand for half an hour.

Put the mixture in a strainer lined with double cheese cloth and press out the liquid.

To make thin coconut milk, press a second time and combine the liquid from the two pressings.  Discard the solids.

This makes about 1½ cups and takes a little over half an hour to make, including the resting time.


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Teochew Duck

Galangal is Key
Notes of Cantonese plus Influences from Fukien

Galangal, an important Southeast Asian spice


Duck is one of the meats raised without antibiotics or growth hormones, so it is a good choice for cooks who want to Continue reading

Chicken Soup and Colds – Is There Anything There?

Old Wives’ Tale or Ancient Wisdom?
A Cure or Just Prevention?


For centuries, Chicken Soup has enjoyed a reputation for efficacy in helping prevent or curing upper respiratory infections – in many countries and over a long time span.  Is this reputation justified or is it just an Continue reading

Chicken and Noodles in Sesame-Ginger Dressing

An Elegant Chicken and Noodle Preparation
Ginger Plus Sesame Plus Layu

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

This elegant Chinese recipe for Chicken and Egg Noodles is unusual in using an oven, which seems to show modern or Western influence.  The Chicken could alternatively be steamed, as was probably done in earlier times. Continue reading

Beef Stew Vietnamese Style

Once Again French Influence
Lemongrass, Star Anise, Cayenne  are Key Elements

Lemongrass, spice from Southeast Asia


The Vietnamese were not great Beef eaters before the arrival of the French colonists.  Later they developed a number of distinctive ways of using Beef, including Continue reading