Arroz a la Filipina

Philippine Style Rice
Two Kinds of Rice and Annato

Using garlic to make Vietnamese soup with pork cabbage rolls

Garlic – a Key Ingredient

Arroz a la Filipina or Phlippine Style Rice, is a popular Filipino dish that combines both Glutinous or Sticky Rice and regular Rice in a single dish.  In the old days Continue reading

Steamed Pork and Rice Balls

An Improvement on Lion’s Heads Glutinous Rice is the Secret

How to make meat balls with glutinous rice, a Chinese dish

Steamed Meat Balls with Glutinous Rice

The Chinese meat balls commonly called Lion’s Heads incorporate Pork and Rice in a most attractive way. Here’s another Chinese recipe for Pork Meat Balls and Rice.  This one uses Glutinous Rice in a special way with good effect. This version may be even better, thanks to the use of Glutinous Rice, which adds a special flavor and texture. As these are made rather small, they make an excellent appetizer. 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

Thai Cuisine

Hot, Sweet, Salty, Sour and Bitter
Variety in Flavor, Ingredients, Color

“Food is eaten not just for nourishment. For a Thai, it is an art, a topic of conversation, a source of pleasure.” — Kreesnee Ruangkritya [1]

Deva sculpture, Thailand 15th century

Deva, Thailand, 15th cent.

The core concepts of Thai cooking are hot, sweet, salty, sour and bitter.  A well-designed meal offers a variety in flavors, preparation methods, ingredients, and color.

So if a Red Curry is the main dish, the cook woul Continue reading

Cambodian Cuisine

Rice, Fish and Edible Flowers
An Ancient Civilization, a Noble Cuisine

Angkor Wat

“The Cambodians have some two hundred different ways of describing rice of various kinds.” — Christopher Pym [1]

Cambodian cuisine, descended from the ancient Khmer society, is one of the world’s oldest cuisines. [2]

It is now in a period of revival and Continue reading

Vietnamese Cuisine

Fish Sauce, Nuoc Mam and Sea Ghost  Fingers
The National Dish Is a Soup — Even at Breakfast

“Only the French imposed their own cuisine upon their Asiatic possessions.” — David Dodge [1]

“He was not yet Ho Chi Minh. It was 1917 and he was Nguyen Ai Quoc and he was a pastry cook under the great Escoffier.” — Robert Olen Butler [2]

Cooking with Vietnamese Nuoc Mam Fish Sauce

Three Crabs Brand Fish Sauce

Vietnamese cooking is light and delicate, healthy, and remarkably varied. Its famous dishes can be very unusual and even have poetic names, like one for Crab Claws called Sea Ghost Fingers. Continue reading