Stir-fried chicken with green peas and cashew nuts


Kowloon House on West Avenue in Quezon City was a significant part of my childhood. While we feasted in Chinatown years earlier, by the time I was in my last few years of grade school, we were dining at Kowloon House more often. It was more accessible, there was ample parking space and it was more comfortable. The dining … [Read more...]

How to make: Vietnamese chicken salad


Think cole slaw but with chicken, nuts and fresh herbs. And with no mayo. Doesn't sound like cole slaw anymore? That's okay. This Vietnamese chicken salad is better than cole slaw.Bias of an Asian? Maybe. Maybe not. With the chicken, this salad is more filling and a large portion can be a complete meal. Then, there's … [Read more...]

How to cook: Lamb biryani


Although considered an everyday dish in many South Asian countries, cooking biryani can be a challenge especially because the list of ingredients is long and can be intimidating. But it is really worth the effort. Since biryani is a complete meal, just think of all the work as the equivalent amount of work you'd be doing if … [Read more...]

How to cook: Glass (cellophane) noodle salad


Unlike Western salads that often feel heavy with ingredients like bacon bits, ham and cheese, this Thai salad is very light in comparison. The flavors are fresh and delicate, the appearance is diaphanous and the texture is light -- but it is quite filling! It is the perfect accompaniment to a salty grilled or stir fried … [Read more...]

How to cook: Pineapple and chicken rice

pineapple and chicken rice

And so I bring home a taste of Phuket. Last Saturday, I cooked this chicken and pineapple rice and my daughters and I had it for lunch. I would have cooked it days earlier, heaven knows how excited I was to try it, but my older daughter (who took the photo for this article) is only home on weekends and I promised her I … [Read more...]

Mango tart, pili nut tart and turrones de casuy


Unlike my daughters who got introduced -- unfortunately -- to potato chips at an early age, my earliest memory of potato chips was a can of Pik-nik. I was about five years old, we were at the cemetery on All Saints' Day and an uncle hurt his fingers while pulling off the tab of the Pik-nik can. … [Read more...]