How to cook: Grilled pork in lemongrass stalks


A popular Southeast Asian hawker food, this dish consists of minced meat flavored with chili, cumin, crushed galangal, ground coriander, coconut milk and fish sauce, wrapped around lemongrass stalks and grilled. There are Thai, Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese versions but, for the life of me, I can't recall any of their … [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...]

How to cook: Chicken adobo with lemongrass


It's such a challenge photographing a dish that doesn't look colorful. With or without soy sauce, adobo looks plain and photos just can't seem to justify its wonderful flavors and textures. But then again, in food blogging, photos are aids and it is the food that's important. I never thought that adobo with lemongrass would … [Read more...]

How to cook: Vietnamese beef stew


This is a deconstructed recipe. My husband so loves the beef stew at Pho Hoa (above) that I wanted to try and make it at home. I did find a recipe for beef stew in one of the three Vietnamese cookbooks that I have but I felt that the list of spices was kind of "blonde." It happens when you have Westerners cooking their … [Read more...]

How to cook: Lemongrass tamarind chicken


It is curious how one finds the basic sweet and sour dish in the cuisine of every Southeast Asian country. We Filipinos have our escabeche; the Thai have their Pad Preow Wan Kai (they even have a name for their sweet and sour sauce -- Nam Jim Priao Wan); the Malaysians have a cooking style known as Masak Branda / Belanda … [Read more...]