Beef Fondue

A Vietnamese Classic with
Fusion Touches

Using olive oil to cook Asian foods

Olive Oil

This is a classic Vietnamese dish which would work well for a special dinner.  While there are a number of ingredients and steps in the preparation, it is not actually as formidable to make as it might seem.  Total time involved is Continue reading

Braised Snake Gourd

A Nepalese Dish



The plant we call Snake Gourd is probably native to India, and is popular throughout the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, with many local recipes.

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Indonesian Corn Fritters

Another Addictive Snack with Drinks
Bregedel Djagung

Canned corn


Like Indonesian Peanut Fritters, these are quick and easy to make and will soon become addictive, especially with drinks.  The name in Bahasa Indonesia means literally Corn Croquettes. At the E & O on Sutter Street in San Francisco, where the dish is a specialty of one of the chefs, the dish is called Indonesian Corn Fritters.

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Saag Panir साग पनीर

A Nepalese Classic
Limes and Garam Masala Essential

Cooking with limes


Saag Panir   साग पनीर  is a dish made from soft Panir cheese and Spinach or other greens in the cuisines of Northern India and Nepal.

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Soup with Cabbage Pork Rolls

A Common Vegetable Transformed
Nuoc Mam Meets Black Pepper

Cooking Asian dishes with cabbage


In this classic Vietnamese recipe, we see again the Vietnamese attachment to Nuoc Mam Fish Sauce, to Black Pepper, and Beef. Recipe adapted from Bach Ngo — serves about 6.

Soup with Cabbage Pork Rolls

Canh Thit Goi Su


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Yellow Lentils / पीली दाल

A Nourishing and Filling Dish
Formula from the Yak and Yeti

How to cook delicious and healthy Asian dishes using tomatoes


Nepalese dish of the Indian persuasion.  It came from a hostess in Kathmandu, so it can be called Nepalese, but like many dishes of that country, has close affinities with similar dishes in Indian cooking.

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Curry Paste

Thai Cooks’ Stand-By
Home-Made or Store-Bought

Galangal, an important Southeast Asian spice

Galangal – Essential Ingredient in Penang Curry Paste

Curry pastes are aromatic mixtures of spices Thai cooks use to flavor stews, soups and other dishes. They can be made in the kitchen fresh before use, or can be bought canned, which is commonly done by households and many Thai restaurants.

Typically, these pastes come in small jars or tin cans whose labels bear the photographs of someone’s mother. There are several main varieties:

  • Red
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Penang
  • Musuman

Penang paste reflects the culinary style of the Penang area of the Malaysian Peninsula.

Musaman, that is Moslem style, reflects the cuisine of Southern Thailand, which has many Muslim people.

The red variety is commonly thought to be the most versatile and also the hottest.  Actually, it depends on the amount of Chili Peppers used by the individual cook. Thus, a Red Curry Paste can be made to taste quite mild, while a green one might be intensely hot.

Cooking with lemongrass


The main ingredients in these pasts are Garlic, Lemongrass, Shallots, Chili Peppers and other spices.

The Penang Curry Paste emphasizes            flavors of Fennel and Mace and goes well with Beef, as in Penang Beef, and also also good with Chicken, Pork, and Fish.  Here is a formula for making a Penang Curry Paste:

Penang Curry Paste



Using garlic to make Vietnamese soup with pork cabbage rolls

Garlic – a Key Ingredient

5 – 7 large dried Red Chili Peppers
½ teaspoon Fennel Seeds
1½ teaspoon Coriander Seeds
½ teaspoon Mace
2 teaspoons Black Pepper corns
1 stalk fresh Lemongrass
1 teaspoon chopped Lime Zest
1 teaspoon powdered Galangal
3 medium Shallows
4 cloves of Garlic


First, chop the Chilies coarsely and soak in cold Water to soften – for about a quarter hour.

While the Chilies are soaking, chop the Lemongrass finely, and also chop the Shallots and Garlic.

After the Chili Peppers are softened, remove the seeds and discard them.

Place the Chilies in a food process or blender.

Head a large, heavy dry iron skillet over very low flame and toast the Fennel Seeds,Coriander, Mace and Black Pepper corns for 5 minutes, shaking hte pan occasionally to keep the spices from burning.  Remove the s;ices and crush them finely ina  mortar and pestle or spice grinder and add to the Chilies.

Add in the Lime Zest, Shallots and Garlic and process for a few minutes at medium speed, adding a little cold Water, a few drops at a time, while processing until a thick, dark reddish-brown paste results.  This is the Penang Curry Paste.

This recipe makes about half a cup of Curry Paste.  It will keep for up to several months inthe refrigerator.

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Laotian Cuisine

Galangal, Lemongrass and Fish Sauce
Duck and Sticky Rice

Cooking with lemongrass


Land of a Million Elephants: Laos has been called the Land of a Million Elephants. Elephants are still there, but modern Laos may now be the the .Land of a Million Motorbikes.

Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia and is home to a 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

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Lamb Sate

A Simple Sate
Good for Rijsttafel

Using garlic to make Vietnamese soup with pork cabbage rolls

Garlic – a Key Ingredient

Lamb — or Mutton or Goal — are popular meats in Indonesia. Here is a simple recipe for a Lamb Sate, which makes enough for 12 substantial kebabs.

It could be served as part of a Rijsttafel buffet or as the main course of a simple meal, along with a Rice dish and maybe a vegetable or salad.

Cooking time is only about 10 minutes, and it will take about 15 or 20 minutes to assemble and prepare. The time for marinating is from 2 or 3 hours to overnight.

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