Almond Cookies / 杏仁餅

Everyone’s Favorite Cookie

 

Using Baking Powder in Vietnamese cuisine

Baking Powder

Or at any rate, everyone’s favorite Chinese cookie, or so it seems.  These are popular desserts at Chinese restaurants and sell well at Chinese bakeries.  They are also Continue reading

Ginger Cake

A Perfect Ginger Cake
Orange Meets Honey Meets Ginger

“The Japanese are experts with ginger.” — Rose Carrarini

Cooking Asian dishes with fresh ginger

Ginger

This is a perfect cake for someone who really likes Ginger. There is a Japanese influence in the French original, with the recipe adapted from Rose Carrarini, Rose Bakery, Paris.

Carrarini’s Japanese assistant Tomoko helped perfect the cake formula during Continue reading

Jam Drops

Jane Austen in Singapore
An English Influence

Jam Drops, an English-inspired dish

Jam Drops

Jam Drops are a Singaporean sweet treat to serve with Tea. They show the English influence in the cooking of the Republic.

The recipe is adapted from Ellice Handy, who got it from Sophia Blackmore, a Methodist missionary who helped found the Methodist Girls School in Singapore in the late 19th century. So the origins are definitely English and probably from Jane Austen’s England. Continue reading

Fish Basket (Ca Gio Hoa)

Vietnamese Approach to Flounder
Special Kind of Fish Fry

Three Crabs Band Fish Sauce, Vietnam

Nuoc Mam

This is a spectacular presentation for whole Flounder. The Vietnamese recipe is adapted from Bach Ngo. This recipe would serve about 8 people.

Fish Basket

(Ca Gio Hoa)

Vietnamese

Ingredients:

1 whole Flounder, about 3 or 4 pounds Continue reading

Apple Torte, Hawaiian Style

A Kamai’ina Favorite
Macadamia Nuts Meet Apples

Hawaiian Macadamia Apple Torte

Hawaiian Apple Torte
with Macadamia Nuts

It is sometimes hard to find much of a Pacific element in many of the old Kamaiina or Old Time Hawaiian favorite recipes. Here’s a case in point.

This Apple Torte has been a favorite for decades among the old-time Hawaiian residents or Kamai’ina families.  It is delicious and easy to make, but at first might not seem particularly Pacific Rim in character. Continue reading

Indonesian Peanut Fritters

Addictive Snack with Drinks
Rice Flour, Baking Powder are Key

Using Baking Powder in Vietnamese cuisine

Baking Powder

These Indonesian Peanut Fritters, or Rempejek, are addictive, especially with drinks, and are easy to make

They are one example of the small fritters served as snacks or appetizers in Indonesian cuisine.

The addition of a little Baking Powder to the Rice Flour used to make this recipe is the key to the delicate texture and is probably a Fusion touch, reflecting the Dutch colonial heritage. This recipe makes about 20 fritters.

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Vietnamese Fried Bananas

A Light Ending
Rice Flour Meets Bananas and Baking Powder

Using bananas in Vietnamese cuisineVietnamese Fried Bananas or Chuoi Chien makes a light ending to a Vietnamese meal, or any meal, for that matter.  The use of Sugar reflects the typical sweet taste that is often seen in Vietnamese cuisine.  The mixture of Rice Flour with Continue reading