Yard Long Beans and Pumpkin Curry

Sesquipedalian, Not Truly Yard-Long
Not Just for Halloween

PumpkinYard Long Beans, known in China as Dou Jiano and in Indian cuisine as Barbatti and other names according to dialect are actually not truly a yard long.  Their Latin name Sesqipedalia, 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

Nepalese

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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

Nepalese Cuisine

The Roof the the World
Chandradeva’s Pathway

“The wildest dreams of Kew are the facts of Kathmandu.” — Rudyard Kipling [1]

Vale of Kathmandu, Nepal

Vale of Kathmandu

What is Nepalese cuisine? Actually, the question should be, What Nepal? Or, what cuisine? For a relatively small country, Nepal has an astonishing variety of cuisines that can be called Nepalese.

Often thought of as a lofty, mountainous  land, home of the world’s Continue reading

Kare-Kare

Philippine Comfort Food
Legacy of the OIld Sultanates

To many Fillipinos, no major party or celebration is complete without Kare-Kare.

Cooking Asian dishes with fresh ginger

Ginger

Kare-Kare signifies a stew made with oxtails, vegetables and peanut gravy. Sometimes, the meat may include trip,e or also goat or chicken.  Frequently it is just oxtail, as in this recipe, from a Filipina friend.

Kare-Kare is now considered a national dish of the Philippines.  It has its origins in the South of the country, and is a heritage from the period before the arrival of the Spaniards.  It does, however, hail from the old Suntanates from around Sulo, so it probably has Malay or Southeast Asian origins. Continue reading

Thai Papaya Salad

Salad from Shangri-La
Green Papayas Meet Crushed Shrimp

Using green papayas in Thai cuisine

Green Papayas

This is a Thai salad, originally intended for Green Papayas. It’s also good made with Carrots, if Green Papayas are not available at the moment.  The recipe comes from a chef at Bangbkok’s Shangri-La Hotel.

The Crushed Peanuts and Crushed Dried Shrimp, plus the Lime Juice and wedges, are what make this salad special, along with the accent added by the Fish Sauce.

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Indonesian Cuisine

A Nation of Islands
Rijsttafel, Sate, and Sambals

“Indonesia isn’t a country, it’s a happening.” — Christopher Lucas [1]

Garjda, Indonesia 14th cent.

Garuda, Indonesia, 14th cent.

Indonesia stretches from the Asian mainland towards Australia, like a jade necklace across the southern ocean.  The nation contains more than 17,000 islands, and its people represent several hundred ethnic groups, speaking many different languages.

Indonesia is an ancient country and its 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