Curry Paste Philippine Style / Almuwasahin Paste

A Complex Curry Taste
Good with Dumplings and Stir-Fries

Belachn Shrimp Paste

Belachan, Shrimp Paste

his Filipino style Curry Paste is good with a lot of things, including Dumplings and stir-fry dishes, as well as blander presentations of Fish, Chicken and Shrimp. This recipe Continue reading

Grilled Beef Salad / สลัดเนื้อย่างมะเขือ

Grilled Beef Salad with Eggplant สลัดเนื้อย่างมะเขือ

Cooking Asian dishes with Asian eggplants

Asian Eggplants

This Thai Salad combines Grilled Beef with a Pickled Eggplant Salad which provides an attractive contrast of flavors. Continue reading

Tikka Mixture टिक्का

Spicy Meat Served on Skewers
Ideal for the Grill

Galangal, an important Southeast Asian spice

Galangal – Essential Ingredient in Penang Curry Paste

The term Tikka may be derived from the Hindi word tukra, meaning “spices.”  It is an Indian mix often used on boneless pieces of Continue reading

Tandoori Mixture

A Mughal Style Dish
Yogurt in a Clay Oven

Cooking Asian dishes with onionsThe name Tandoori refers to a clay oven in which meats –and sometimes seafood and breads — are roasted over live coals.  The blend of spices 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

Spiced Salt

An Alternative to Table Salt
Good on Fish and Chicken

Using Sichuan pepper, hua jiao, to cook delicious Sichuan dishes

Sichuan Pepper, Hua Jiao

This is a Seasoned Salt that is good as a substitute for Table Salt, and also versatile in cooking.  It works well for cooking Chicken, any Fish Steaks or Fillets.  It can also be used to flavor Rice, Pasta and Vegetables.

The recipe is adapted from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and was served at restaurant Vong in Manhattan in place of ordinary Table Salt. Continue reading

Tomatoes Stuffed with Basmati Rice

A Pure Vegetarian Dish
Tomatoes Meet Tomato Purée Meets Saffron

How to cook delicious and healthy Asian dishes using tomatoes

Tomatoes

This vegetarian recipe from Amritsar, India, uses Basmati Rice. If other varieties of Rice are used instead, the cooking time can be shortened, but the result will be different. Of course Basmati Rice is superior!

 

 

Tomatoes Stuffed with Basmati Rice

Indian

Ingredients:

2 cups Basmati Rice (16 ounces) Continue reading

Nasi Minyak

A Staple at Malayan Weddings
Ghee Meets Saffron and Vanilla

Using garlic to make Nasi Minyak, Savory Rice

Garlic

Nasi Minyak, or Savory Rice, is a version of Rice cooked in or with Ghee, with an addition of spices and is a key dish in Malayan cuisine.

The name Nasi Minyak comes from Malay and literally means “Rice cooked with Oil,” referring to the Ghee which is a key ingredient in this preparation.

Nasi Minyak is commonly served at Malayan wedding banquets. Here is a recipe obtained from one of the Chefs at the legendary Goodwood Park Hotel in Singapore. Continue reading

Indian Cuisine

India - Sculpture head, Buddha meditating, India 12th century

Buddha Meditating, India 12th c.

Fish Curry From Bananas
Halva From Meat

“It is possible to eat what you believe to be a fish curry only to learn it was made from unripe bananas, or to taste a sweet halva and find it was made not of fruit or vegetables but meat.” — Attia Hosain and Sita Pasricha

An Ancient People and Cuisine: The Indian civilization is one of the oldest and most important in Continue reading