Hawaiian Picnic Vegetables

A Drive to Kahuku Point
Stingrays, Squid and Starfish

Cooking Asian dishes with Asian eggplants

Asian Eggplants

This is a method he Kamai’ina or old-time Hawaiians used to fix vegetables for grilling at barbecues.

“Let’s drive out to around  Kahuku Point, out past Waiale’e. It’s one of my favorite beaches,” Cousin Hank said. “The road’s poor, but when you get Continue reading

Ginger Flan

Far East and Latin Fusion Dish
A Triple Ginger Formula

“It’s the combination – Far Eastern Ginger and Latin Flan  – that makes this dish Fusion. And I love it!” –Tenley Clemente

Crystallized ginger

Crystallized Ginger

Flan is a Custard baked with its own caramelized Sugar sauce. It originated in Spain, then spread to Latin America and Mexico. Ginger arrived in Latin America and the Caribbean during the great period of Spanish outreach and exploration.

This easily made recipe for Ginger Flan combines the Ginger and the Flan in a delicious version which will provide a dessert for about 6.  If you are serving a larger group, you may want to make two Flans. Continue reading

Ghee घी

Clarified Butter
The Best Cooking Fat

Uma consort of Indian god SivaGhee or Clarified Butter, commonly known by its Hindi name Ghee घी, is known by various names in a wide swatch of South Asia and beyond.

Ghee is one of the most important cooking fats in South Asia — India, Pakistan, Sir Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.  In the opinion of many cooks in the area it is the best of all cooking fats. Continue reading

Memmi Sauce 麪 味

How to use Japanese Memmi Soup Base


Memmi sauce is a concentrated Japanese soup base used to intensify the flavor of hot and cold noodle dishes.

Memmi also has other uses and is used by Japanese cooks to enhance the flavor of a variety of cooked dishes, such as soups and stews.

The name Memmi comes from the Japanese characters for “noodle” and “flavor,” so the meaning is something like “noodle flavoring” or “noodle flavor enhancer.” Continue reading

Baked Bananas, Hawaiian Style

A Simple Dessert for a Picnic
Ideal for Hibachi

Bananas 2


This is a simple dessert for an outdoor cooked meal.

Baked Bananas



1 cooking Banana per person



Wrap the Bananas in foil together and lay on a hibachi grill over hot coals.  Turn frequently, so Continue reading

Bean Sprout Relish

Good for Burgers
Memmi is the Secret

Japanese Kakiemon Ewer, Edo periodBean Sprouts are an important vegetable in Japanese as well as a number of other Pacific Rim cuisines.

Here’s a recipe for a crunchy Bean Sprout Relish using Memmi that works well with Burgers.  Next time you grill burgers outdoors on charcoal, you might like to gry it. The recipe was suggested by Japanese cooking maven Joan Itoh Burk, now a resident of Ontario, Canada.

Working with bean sprouts in the Asian kitchen

Bean Sprouts

The Burgers don’t need to be Meat either. Ms. Burk says, :”The burgers don’t have to be meat. Fish on the grill really take to the spicy Soy Bean Wasabi dressing.” Or it could be served with the  recent Continue reading

Laotian Cuisine

Galangal, Lemongrass and Fish Sauce
Duck and Sticky Rice

Cooking with 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

Lassi लस्सी

A Cooling Drink at Meal TimeBuddha Meditating, Indian 12th c.

Lassi लस्सी is a popular refreshing drink commonly served with meals in many parts of India.  It is basically Yogurt thinned with water and with spices such as Salt and Pepper added.

Lassi has its origins in the Punjab region, but is widely served in other regions of South Asia as well as the Indian Diaspora overseas. Together with Tea, it is probably the most popular beverage in Indian Cuisine. Continue reading

Stir-Fried Watercress – With Soy Sauce

Another Version – This Time with Soy Sauce

In Chinese cooking, Watercress often appears with other things, like Bean Curd or in soup. Watercress is also often stir-fried just by itself  without Soy Sauce, but you can also stir-fry it with Soy Sauce, as in the following:

Using watercress in the Asian kitchen


Stir-Fried Watercress – with Soy Sauce


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