Rice Cakes with Cheese

A Silk Road Favorite
Panko Meets Mozzarella

Panko, Japanese style break crumbs

Panko

This Afghan dish is typical of the cuisine of the Silk Road.  The recipe is adapted from the version served as the Gandarmack Lodge in Kabul. It is basically a Risotto.  Different types of Rice Continue reading

Broiled Heart 구이 심장

Another Korean Broiled Favorite

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

A number of Pacific Rim cuisines broil Heart, with a result which is similar to Beef Steak, at a fraction of the price. Usually a little extra preparation is required, to tenderize the Meat.  This Korean version is very simple: Continue reading

Broiled Beef Ribs Korean Style

Lien Qing’s Secret
From Seoul By Way of Harbin

Kuro no Otabe, Japan's black sweetmeat made with black sesame seeds

Visitors to Lao Li’s house in Seoul always raved about his wife Lien Qing’s Korean-style Broiled Beef Ribs.  The ribs were definitely Korean but

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Beef and Onions Grilled on a Skewer

Beef and Onions Grilled on a Skewer
Gyuniku no Kushiyaki

Japanese

This is a Japanese mode of preparation and is an example of he deep-fried Japanese skewer cooking called Kushiyaki or Kushimono. Continue reading

Indonesian Corn Fritters

Another Addictive Snack with Drinks
Bregedel Djagung

Canned corn

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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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

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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

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