Summer may be ending but my summery soba noodle salads are still going strong. Hiyashi chuka is the answer for when you are feeling like something light and refreshing but still need that carb-y goodness to fill you up. The ingredients are so interchangeable in this recipe but this one is pretty deluxe and stays traditional. Get your bowls ready!
Why has it taken me this long to write a banana bread post? I really don’t know, especially since I am constantly baking loaves each month. Here’s my ever-evolving recipe! Although I’ve got it down to a science now…
One of my favourite Hawaiian dishes is loco moco. A hamburger patty, gravy, sunny side up egg and two scoops of white rice. Can it get anymore comforting than that? I made a shortcut version of it featuring miso gravy which I actually really enjoyed. Don’t knock it till you try it!
What to do with a jar of canned peaches? Yeah, my ex gave me a jar of peaches (really puzzled as to why) and I had no idea what to do with it. First of all, I only took with fresh ingredients so I was trying to think of something that I could make with it without me giving it away or growing it in the trash. After much research, I decided to go with a southern-style peach cobbler which, as you’ll discover, is much different than the version you were originally thinking of.
Ah… I LOVE SPAM. I don’t know if it’s the Filipino in me, but there’s something that’s so satisfying when you open a can of Spam. One of my favourite things to make is spam and kimchi fried rice. Salty, spicy, carb-y - it’s everything you want in a meal. And luckily, this recipe can be made in a quick pinch!
Who is the genius that decided to put cereal into cookies? I’m a huge fan of folding cornflakes into my cookies. Not only does it added an interesting crunch, you’ve got that nostalgia factor at play as well. That, combined with toasted almonds and oatmeals make for an overall amazingly delicious cookie.
What is Cincinnati chili? Well…it may not be what you think. It’s essentially a scoop of chili atop a bed of spaghetti with numerous sky-high toppings including cheddar cheese, onions and beans. It may sound odd but hey, don’t knock it till you try it! It’s strangely satisfying…
Ever get stuck with a big leftover tub of gochujang for that one time you used it to make soondooboo or jjigae or something? Yeah, that happens to me often so I was experimenting on adding gochujang to an American chili and…it worked! I absolutely loved the smoky-sweetness that the gochujang gave the chili - works really well with a couple extra dashes of liquid smoke! Probably my new favourite - cannot wait to make this again!
GUYS, I MADE BUCATINI FROM SCRATCH AND IT WAS THE BEST EVER!!!! Ahhhhhh, so proud of myself! Making fresh pasta from scratch may seem like a chore but the end product is so rewarding and satisfying, especially when cooking together amongst a great group of friends. We prepared this all’amatriciana style which was a favourite dish of mine when I was in Rome. So cool to relive those memories through this dish!
Fun times were had when my friend Karen invited me over for a pasta-making party. Yes, you read that right. PASTA PARTY! We made a number of pastas including this fun little number. What happens when a bunch of food nerds combine their powers, knowledge of food, killer ingredients and wine together? You get this wonderful dish: creamy garlic, Boursin and morel fusilli. Drool.
Chiang Mai, the northern part of Thailand. What can I say about you? Well, firstly, you were better than Bangkok. You were (literally) cooler than Bangkok. And your food was great too! I had seen many temples by this point so the only main draw for me was seeing the elephants. Was it worth it? You’ll have to read after the jump!
Warning: picture-heavy post. VERY picture-heavy. Lisbon. What a dream of a city! Definitely my favourite city of all-time. The orange-covered rooftops, countless natas, and copious amounts of wine! A very walkable (yet hilly) city, I had so much wandering the streets without knowing where I was going. Every street corner was Instagrammable and the people were so friendly. I hope to return to this wonderful city one day.
Not going to lie, I’ve never been interested in Puerto Rico…not until Despacito came out and I became obsessed with Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi. But since I needed a weekend getaway, I thought “Why not Puerto Rico?”. There was this beautiful new hotel opening in the ritzy Condado district that I just needed to check out so…I booked my flight. And the rest is (recent) history.
Malta, I’ve been dreaming about you since last year. You see, I was supposed to go to Malta last year but due to complications, I wasn’t able to go and went to Rome instead. Since then, I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. Fast forward to 2019, I was planning a trip to Europe and to be honest, I knew I had to make it happen. And I am beyond ecstatic with how pleasant my stay was. It was all a dream - and a damn well good one.
Mexico City. An accidental layover turned into a spontaneous birthday trip for myself and my dad. What a vibrant city. An eclectic mix of modernity and and the old. Still authentic to a tee. Dirt cheap tacos and world class mezcal cocktails. Currently awaiting my next weekend trip to this wonderful city. Skip the beaches and go to CDMX instead.
Porto, what a dream of a city. I loved visiting you so much. You were first my introduction to Portugal - and what an introduction it was! A quaint little city nestled by the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean and the Douro River, producing the best port in the world. The food was out of this world. For someone that knew nothing of Porto prior to visiting, I cannot stop boasting about how wonderful my stay was.
Iceland has been a dream of mine to visit for the past little while and I am so glad I finally got to visit! With tourism increasing every year, it was time to go. I visited over my birthday with two of my girlfriends and it certainly lived up to its expectations - and more. I still don’t think the pictures do justice but judge for yourself! Prepare yourself for a very picture-heavy post on Iceland.
Never thought in a million years that I’d be traveling to Wellington but of course, life trajectories happen and have lead me to this beautiful city. Wellington was the highlight of this trip to the Pacific Islands and I am glad I made the trek out there. Wellington, although small, is completely doable in a day or two. Its best enjoyed starting off the day at one of the many artisanal coffee shops, people watching by the bays and ending with a cocktail or two. One of the most hipster cities I’ve seen as a whole and I loved it all. Read on to find out why!
Bula! Fiji was a spur-of-the-moment add-on to my recent trips to New Zealand and Australia. Featuring a one-night stint, Fiji in a day might not sound doable…but if you’re on this side of the world, why not? Heavenly blue waters, tropical climate and everlasting sunsets, what more could you possibly ask for? More after the jump!
Yangon, Myanmar. A place only opened to tourism a mere six years ago and is still unbeknownst to the Western world. So little is known about the country tourism-wise and you’re stuck reading the same blogs with the same tips. But what else is there to do? I was luckily able to explore and wonder over a couple of days in the old capital of Myanmar and it came as a wonderful surprise after my chaotic tourist-filled stay in Thailand. If you’re wanting a place that is still relatively undiscovered and you can count the number of foreigners on your hand, Yangon just might be the place to visit.