Possibly the Best Eggplant Dish? / 燉茄子

Singapore Braised Eggplant
Good with Curries and Western Meat Dishes

Cooking Asian dishes with Asian eggplants

Asian Eggplants

Eggplant has an image problem with Western cooks.  This results from the fact that they usually cook it the wrong Continue reading

Eggplant with Miso and Sesame / 味噌とゴマのナス

August is Eggplant Month
A Versatile Vegetable

This is one of the popular Eggplant dishes in Japan. Eggplants come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  The little miniature ones called Ko-Nasu are sweet. The larger Continue reading

Grilled Eggplant / 焼き茄子

Ideal for Summer
The Essence of Simplicity

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Asian Eggplants

This Japanese way of grilling Eggplants is ideal for summer.  Quick and easy, and the simple sauce brings out the essential flavor of the Eggplant. Another Japanese classic way of preparing the same vegetable is Eggplant with Miso and Sesame. Continue reading

Eggplant Curry / Talong Curry

Curry Comes to Luzon
A Fusion Note from Tomato

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Asian Eggplants

This Filipino take on Eggplant Curry has a Fusion note with the addition of Tomato. The Curry Paste is savory but on the milder Continue reading

Grilled Beef Salad / สลัดเนื้อย่างมะเขือ

Grilled Beef Salad with Eggplant สลัดเนื้อย่างมะเขือ

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Asian Eggplants

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

Bitter Melon Braised with Eggplant

An Indian Dish
Another Affinity with Eggplant

Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon teams up with Eggplant in another attractive dish, this time from India, confirming the affinity between Bitter Melons and Eggplants, as in the Philippine Bitter Melon Salad, which matches them up, although in a different way.

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Bitter Melon Salad

Ampalaya Meets Eggplant
Christmas in Pampanga

Bitter Melon (Ampalaya) Salad, a Filipino dish

Bitter Melon (Ampalaya) Salad

Bitter Melon Salad is a classic Philippine recipe.  This one is from a friend from the island of Pampanga, where the dish is very popular.  The dish makes use of the affinity between Bitter Melon and Eggplant, two vegetables Continue reading

Laotian Cuisine

Galangal, Lemongrass and Fish Sauce
Duck and Sticky Rice

Cooking with lemongrass

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

Bitter Melon Salad

A Filipino Favorite
A Purely Vegetarian Dish

Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon are popular in Philippines cuisine, where they are commonly known by their local name Ampalaya.

Here’s a recipe for a salad based on Bitter Melon that’s very good when chilled overnight. It’s purely vegetarian, and comes from an acquaintance who hails from the island of Pampanga, where this is a typical preparation.

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Kare-Kare

Philippine Comfort Food
Legacy of the OIld Sultanates

To many Fillipinos, no major party or celebration is complete without Kare-Kare.

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Ginger

Kare-Kare signifies a stew made with oxtails, vegetables and peanut gravy. Sometimes, the meat may include trip,e or also goat or chicken.  Frequently it is just oxtail, as in this recipe, from a Filipina friend.

Kare-Kare is now considered a national dish of the Philippines.  It has its origins in the South of the country, and is a heritage from the period before the arrival of the Spaniards.  It does, however, hail from the old Suntanates from around Sulo, so it probably has Malay or Southeast Asian origins. Continue reading