How To Make Arepas

I’m a sucker for ingredients that I didn’t grow up with. I’d often seek it out, with no intention to buy it, but just to keep a mental catalogue of the pricing at different grocery stores, then finally going for it once I see a price to justify this purchase that I have…

Creamy, Cheesy Shrimp Mac & Cheese

The only time that I eat Mac & Cheese is when it’s served as a side with a delicious BBQ spread at a restaurant. More often than not, the Mac & Cheese is not cheesy or creamy enough for me. To make those dreams come true, I’m looking to tick all the boxes…

Vietnamese Pickled Daikon & Carrot in 30 Minutes (Đồ chua)

I’ve attempted Vietnamese pickles a dozen times. And all the many times, testing a balance between vinegar and water, and adjusting the sugar and salt levels. Little did I know that my final recipe would only use 2 tablespoons of vinegar as the liquid content. Look ahead for your new go-to quick Vietnamese…

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…

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…

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…

Cheesy Baked Feta Pasta (Yes, the TikTok Trend)

I’m all for viral Tiktok food trends. They must be spreading like wildfire for a delicious reason, wouldn’t they? The tortilla Tiktok hack is easy to understand how delicious it is. I also reluctantly tried out “sour patch kid grapes”, which tasted just like the ingredients: halved green grapes and a slice of…

Spicy Green Papaya Salad (with a small mortar & pestle)

Papaya salad is a no-brainer to order at any Thai restaurant. But to make it? No way, I would never achieve the same complex flavour and texture as the restos. Although I’m not 100% there, I’m satisfied to be 80% there with this recipe! To make it even better, I would learn how…

Easy Vegetable Samosas (using Egg Roll Wrappers)

Last week, I made cha gio (Vietnamese fried rice paper rolls), and picked up a package of egg roll wrappers on that same grocery trip as a back-up should the rice paper rolls go wrong. Fortunately, the cha gio turned out flawlessly! And unfortunately, the egg roll wrappers brand that I used (Wing’s)…

Vietnamese Tomato & Fish Soup with Pickled Mustard Greens

This soup is a result of attempting to satisfy a nostalgic home-style Vietnamese soup that my dad would make growing up (minus the fish). For the protein, it’d instead be pork spare ribs, but I’m using frozen fish for this recipe. With every meal at home, we would have a soup, protein and…