Eggplant with Tomatoes and Onion in Yogurt Sauce / Burani Banjan

An Afghan Approach to Eggplant

Cooking Asian dishes with Asian eggplants

Asian Eggplants

A very Central Asian approach to Eggplant.  A bit of work to prepare, but everyone seems to enjoy the final result.

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Eggplant Sandwich มะเขือแซนวิช

A Thai Fusion Dish
Bread Meets Chèvre

Cooking Asian dishes with Asian eggplants

The Chèvre Cheese and European Bread make this recipe, conceived by some European residents of Thailand, a Thai Fusion dish. The Raisins, too, Continue reading

Hawaiian Picnic Vegetables

A Drive to Kahuku Point
Stingrays, Squid and Starfish

Cooking Asian dishes with Asian eggplants

Asian Eggplants

This is a method he Kamai’ina or old-time Hawaiians used to fix vegetables for grilling at barbecues.

“Let’s drive out to around  Kahuku Point, out past Waiale’e. It’s one of my favorite beaches,” Cousin Hank said. “The road’s poor, but when you get Continue reading

Philippine Cuisine

Crossroads of Asia
Lingering Vinegar and Garlic

“There’s a trick if you want to know that it’s a Filipino an apartment belongs to; the garlic and vinegar can linger around a good long while.” — N.V.M. Golnzalez, The Bamboo Dancers [1]

There are more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines. And its people speak some 87 languages.[2, 3]

Lumpia Shanghai
Fusion Food and the Greatest Appetizer

Can there be any common factors in the cuisine of such a far-flung and diverse people? There may be some common elements, but we have to look for them in the past.

The ancestors of today’s Filipinos spoke languages of the Malayo-Polynesian language family.  This far-flung language group stretches from Madagascar in the west to Easter Island in the east, with Hawaii in the middle.

These people were sea-farers, expert seamen and navigators.  Fish were an essential part of their diet, and seafood remains a key element of Philippine cuisine today. Continue reading