How to cook: Vietnamese chicken and pineapple stir fry

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Four years ago, I found a chicken and pineapple recipe from an American-published Vietnamese cookbook. A couple of weeks ago, in an episode of Luke Nguyen's Vietnam, I watched chef Luke Nguyen cook a very similar dish using thinly sliced pork neck. The difference: Luke Nguyen's recipe uses more herbs and spices … [Read more...]

How to cook: Pork Hamonado

Pork Hamonado

Several days ago, I brined a piece of pork intending to make ham. Then, one night about four days since I started brining the meat, there was nothing else to cook for dinner so I took out the pork, removed it from the brine and decided I'd make hamonado instead.In the Philippines, "hamonado" refers to a dish cooked … [Read more...]

How to cook: Sweet & Sour Pork

Sweet and sour pork

When I first published a sweet and sour pork recipe in June 2003, I thought it was a pretty good one. Well, it was. In a manner of speaking. The pork was tender and moist with a crisp crust, the sauce was a wonderful balance between sweet and sour, and the addition of crisp vegetables provided that interesting contrast in … [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 make: Fresh tropical fruits salad

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Ditch the canned fruit cocktail with the rubbery content that is 90% chewy papaya. Fresh fruits tossed in a mixture of cream and sweetened condensed milk may entail more work but the result is a far, far cry from miniscule fruit pieces swimming in white mass.There are no hard and fast rules as to what fruits can go into … [Read more...]

How to make: Macaroni salad

macaroni salad

Macaroni salad was a very common family reunion party fare when I was a child. My father and my aunt, his sister, had their own versions and both were really great. My father’s version included hard-boiled quail eggs; my aunt’s had lots of pineapple tidbits and pickle relish.Later on, when I started to learn how to … [Read more...]