Green Beans and Mushroom Bhaji ग्रीन बीन एंड मशरुम भाजी

Comfort Food in Monsoon Season
Popular Street Food

Shiitake Mushrooms cooked Japanese style for Bento


Bhaji or Bhajji  भाजी i s a spicy Indian snack, similar to a fritter, with several variations.  Frequently served as a Continue reading

Green Bean and Sesame Salad

Green Beans Meet Sesame Seeds

How to make Nepalese Green Bean and Sesame Salad

This Nepalese vegetarian dish will serve 4.  Recipe adapted from Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid.

Green Bean and Sesame Salad


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Gado Gado

Indonesia’s National Salad
Shrimp Crackers Meet Peanut Sauce

Kroepek, Indonesian shrimp crackers

Kroepek, Indonesian shrimp crackers

Gado Gado is probably the most representative type of Indonesian salad, and there are a number of regional variations.  It can be eaten as a side dish, can appear at picnics, or can function as the main dish of a meal. Here is a good basic recipe for a Gado Gado which reflects he culinary style of the Java region. 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

Malaysian Cuisine

Durian Cake and Zuberbuhler’s Special
Raffles, Maugham and Lord Jim Country

“At the end of the tenth century Canton carried on direct trade with the Malay Peninsula.” —Friedrich Hirt and W. W. Rockhill [1]

Tang Dynasty horse from the Silk Road

Tang Dynasty Camel
From the Silk Road, 8th Century

For centuries the Malay Peninsula has been an important corridor in the southern sea route of the Spice Route.

The Strait of Malacca was an important Continue reading

Singapore Cuisine

City of the Merlion
Peranakan Cuisine

“Singapore is one of the few great cities of the world which still work.” — Philip Atlee [1]

“Modern Singapore food is, in fact, all about fusion.” — Molly O’Neill [2]

Vanda orchid Miss Joaqim, Singapore natgional flower

Vanda Miss Joaquim,
Singapore’s National

Can a city-state have its own cuisine? It would seem so, as Singapore is a multicultural city, a major crossroads of the Pacific, with many influences in its cooking which have developed some unique aspects.

Singapore, with a population of a little over  million, has been an independent country since 1965.

Singapore was settled as a modern city by Stamford Raffles of the East Indian Company in the early 19th century and was later part of the British colony of Malaya.

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Chopsticks and Weight Loss

Using chopsticks to lose weight

Chopsticks – a Tool for Weight Management

Can Chopsticks Help You Lose Weight?

Kimiko Barber thinks so. The Japanese-born British food writer came to this conclusion a few years ago while writing two Continue reading