Pineapple and Bananas with Ginger Cream Sauce

Sour Cream and Yogurt Showcase the Ginger
Echoes of Seville

Bananas

Bananas

This simple Asian Fusion dessert combines Pineapples and Bananas with some Western ingredients like Sour Cream and Yogurt very effectively.  Butter is another Western touch, along with the Orange Marmelade.  While any Orange Marmelade will work, one made with bitter Continue reading

Grilled Beef Salad / สลัดเนื้อย่างมะเขือ

Grilled Beef Salad with Eggplant สลัดเนื้อย่างมะเขือ

Cooking Asian dishes with Asian eggplants

Asian Eggplants

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

Grilled Pineapple

Good with Roast Pork
A Luau Favorite

Pineapples

Pineapple

Pineapple, although it originated elsewhere, has become symbolic  of the Hawaiian Islands and Hawaiian cooking. Grilled Pineapple Slices are a favorite at Luaus and other Barbecues in the Islands. They are especially good served with Pork, for example Spare Ribs or Pork 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

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

Hawaiian Cuisine

Multi-Layered Cuisine
Luau’s, Poi, Poke, Tikis and Spam

“Mangoes of golden flesh, with turpentine

Coconut Palms

“Peel and odor. Plums of inky stain
“And the pucker of persimmons….” — Genevieve Taggard, “The Luau” [1]

“Shrimps, sea-urchins, lobsters, crabs and various kinds of shell-fish, as well as sea weed….” — Henry M. Whitney, Hawaiian Guide Book, 1875 [2]

The Paradise of the Pacific is truly Continue reading