Easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork (Or Carnitas!)

I had no idea how ridiculously easy pulled pork is to make. It also makes me wonder why I’ve tried so many mediocre ones in my life! This pulled pork recipe, can easily be made into carnitas with a fry over a pan. The balance of salty, sweet and citrusy orange cuts through the fatty…

Filipino Eggplant Omelette (Tortang Talong)

You’re looking at an inspired dish of Tortang Talong – the Filipino omelette. The batter and sear of this egg-coated eggplant transforms the texture entirely, you forget that you’re eating an eggplant! Traditionally, the eggplants are charred over a flame before being peeled, and flattened as an omelette, the char is the dimension of the…

Fuzzy Melon Soup with Pork & Shrimp (Canh Bi Dao)

Growing up, the dinner table would comprise of multiple Vietnamese dishes: one to two mains and one large sharing bowl of soup to finish. We would have our personal serving bowls filled with rice and a plate to lean our chopsticks & spoon. This fuzzy melon soup is one of the many soups my dad…

Mussels In Spicy Tomato White Wine Sauce

I recently heard some bad news. One of my go-to beer spots took mussels off the menu. Although I haven’t been to Bar Hop since mid-2019, visiting would always be an easy time: a few rounds of beers, bone marrow poutine, pork rinds (that would reach 30cm in height, really), stout braised mushrooms and an…

Grilled Pork on Noodles (Thịt Heo Nướng)

If there’s any excuse to eat copious amounts of fish sauce dip, I’ll be there. Vermicelli rice noodles are just a vehicle for it. The star ingredient to a good vermicelli bowl is a well marinated meat to go with it – today’s pick is lemongrass marinated pork shoulder. I can’t tell you how many…

3 Ways to Upgrade Instant Ramen

Growing up, we would enjoy instant noodles at least once a week. Spam was a welcome & easy treat: sliced, pan-fried and served on top of a bowl of instant noodles. A decade later, I cautiously stock at least one can in my pantry to enjoy whenever that craving hits. It’s so easy to prepare….

Corn Tortillas & Beef Taco Meat

Any way to enjoy a meal with my hands, I’m into it. Loaded zesty tacos rank second on the experience list! Driven by a bag of 15 limes on sale, tonight’s dinner included homemade tacos– tortillas included. I lugged a 2-kilogram bag of maseca corn flour home from Walmart about a year ago, and it…

Onigiri Jasmine Rice (3 Fillings)

Making rice even tastier, with onigiri! Onigiri is a popular three-bite snack in Japan; iconically seen as triangular-shaped rice balls embellished with a rectangular seaweed strip. The onigiri is stuffed with savoury fillings. The rice ball can be seared, rolled in sesame or finished with seaweed. I created three varieties of this recipe using U.S.-grown…

Delicious Brown Rice Mushroom Pilaf

There are very many types of rice: long, medium and short, each can be used in many different ways, from a savoury pilaf, to a creamy risotto, to a dessert rice pudding!

This week, I had the opportunity to go a different route with rice. I’m very familiar with the good ol’ medium grain white rice, I’ve eaten a bowl for a day for at least 3/4 of my life. My choice between white or brown rice? White, please! I’ve never cooked brown rice for myself and can’t count more than 5 times that I’ve voluntarily eaten it. It may be because of the difference in look, texture and taste, but with a quick search, there’s nothing lose, but all to gain with brown rice!