Steamed Soft Tofu with Soy Chili Sauce

steamed soft tofu with soy chili sauce

연두부 양념반찬 [ yeon-dubu yangnyum banchan ]  When I was hospitalized after my surgery in Korea this past summer, I had to live with hospital food for a few days. Maybe because of all the trauma I had to go through, I lost my appetite big time. I am not a picky eater. I usually eat everything served in front of my nose. But for some reason I just couldn't eat anything in the hospital. I lost 10 lbs in 10 days. (unfortunately I gained all back plus a little extra now as I am recovering... urgh!!!) ...

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Spinach Pancakes

Spinach Pancakes

If I have to pick one green vegetable that I have to stick with rest of my life time (I know it sounds very extreme), if just one..., it would be spinach. No need to think twice! I am sure there are quite a number of people in this world who hates spinach. But for me and my house? We serve the spinach. Spinach is very versatile vegetable. You can eat raw in the salad or boil in the soup. You can stir-fry or even grind up to make healthy smoothies. ...

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Pakistani Potato Cakes

Pakistani Potato Cakes

I've never imagined I would post a Pakistani recipe on my blog, but here it is. Living in overseas as an expat offers me many wonderful cultural experiences. I live in Malaysia; one of the beautiful SE Asian countries where so many cultures intertwine. My family got to know a Pakistani family here and learned a lot about their culture and "the Food". Fouzia, a Pakistani mother of three young handsome boys and an amazing cook, showed me how to make chicken biryani, butter chicken, chapati, ...

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Oven Roasted Korean Pork Belly with Onion Salad

Oven Roasted Korean Pork Belly with Onion Salad

Koreans LOVE pork belly. It is inexpensive, easy to cook with, and delicious. We call this layered belly part of pig, "Samgyupsal, 삼겹살". There are two most popular ways to enjoy this delicious pig in Korea. One: Slice to bite size pieces and grill. Serve with lettuce and pungent topping sauce. This is the typical Samgyupsal dish. Two: Braise the whole chunk with a bunch of herbs in water, then slice and serve with spicy salad. This particular dish is called Bossam(보쌈). ...

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Kimchi Tomato Spaghetti

Kimchi Tomato Spaghetti

A friend of friend of friend of mine has a little farm up in the highland of Malaysia, grow tomatoes and other vegetables. So I got a boxful of vine ripe tomatoes because my heart was telling me that I should. (I tend to follow my instinct which is not necessarily the logical method of life processing skill) They are good, juicy and flavorful. I have been eating tomatoes for breakfasts, for lunches, for snacks, and used them in the recipes for dinners in the past few days. I fed to my husband ...

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Korean Pumpkin Pancakes

Korean Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin is, perhaps, the trademark vegetable of Autumn and here I am... posting one pumpkin recipe in the spring time. (Oh, Holly! Be aware of season! ) I went to a grocery store to buy zucchinis but came home with a piece of pumpkin instead. All because, when I saw a few displayed on the shelf, I felt bad that I didn't eat enough pumpkin last fall. ...

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Parsley Peppercorn Beef Patties

Parsley Peppercorn Beef Patties

A pound of ground beef... the glorious beef... Some of you might have a packet sitting in the fridge right now. Don't you? Well, what is your plan? If you don't have anything in mind, try this Parsley Peppercorn Beef Patties. This French inspired poor man's gourmet dinner might be your next best thing for the ground beef. ...

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Kimchi Tuna Rice Patties and Balls

Kimchi Tuna Rice Balls and Patties

I have more than enough extremely fermented kimchi sitting in my fridge since last fall. I bought 22 lbs of kimchi.  A hefty 22 lbs! I guess I went temporarily crazy at the moment when I heard that the kimchi was made in Korea with Korean cabbages then air-shipped to Malaysia. The minimum purchase was 20 lbs with bonus 2 lb. I thought I could eat them all..., you know!  But I couldn't.  :( ...

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LA Style Sweet Rice Cake Bars

LA style sweet rice cakes

Baked goodies with NO gluten and NO butter or oil... Would it be possible? Yes. I want you to try these sweet rice cake bars. They originated from the Koreans living in Los Angeles, California many years ago. Their craving of traditional Korean rice cakes, which sometimes is hard to achieve in a home kitchen, turned this bars more like 'east meets west' version of rice cakes. ...

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