Sichuan Chili Oil Fried Rice

I remember the first time I tasted Sichuan cooking. It was at a now-closed restaurant in NYC and a Chinese friend had brought me there because the food was authentic and affordable. I enthusiastically ordered the Mapo Tofu (side note: I thought this tofu dish was vegetarian, but it’s not, whoops) After a few delectable…

Indian-Style Spinach & Halloumi Cheese (Palak Halloumi)

I’ve avoided Indian food for some time on this blog because it’s just so daunting. Although the menu of most Indian restaurants in the US is uniform, real Indian cuisine is diverse and varied like the country itself. India is a massive mix of different languages, ethnicities, religions, and cultures. There is no way that…

5 Spices You Can Make At Home

Is anyone else feeling super stressed every time you have to go to the grocery store these days? I know I am. Social distancing in these tiny Manhattan shops seems impossible, even with limiting the number of people inside, trying to manage traffic flow, and the new requirement that we wear face coverings in public….

Grilled Eggplant & Halloumi Salad

These days I go back and forth between eating super healthy and eating junk food. Sitting at home all day, stressing about the end of the world, it’s just an emotional eating disaster. But our bodies are at their best when we feed them nourishing, nutritious meals and while there’s no scientific proof that healthy…

A Healthier Loco Moco (Hawaiian Plate Lunch)

How’s everyone doing? It’s safe to say that wherever you are, it’s been a rough week. And although I wrote about coronavirus last week, I’m not going to turn this into a corona-chronicle (the world has enough of those). No, I’m going to focus on what I do best…making food. After all, it’s a great…

How to Spend a Week in Myanmar

Last Updated February 16, 2020 What is Myanmar and why should I visit? Myanmar is a country in Southeast Asia, slightly smaller than Texas with a population of 54 million people. It sits between Bangladesh, India, China, Laos, Thailand, and the Indian Ocean. You might know it by its colonial name, Burma. Myanmar is one…

Burmese-Inspired Coconut Noodle Soup (Ohno Kauk Swe)

This week was gray and rainy in New York, with a bitter wind whipping through the streets. There’s no better time of year for a comforting soup. What I like most about this coconut noodle soup is that it brings Burmese food into your kitchen using only ingredients you can find at your grocery store,…

Homemade Vegetable “Sushi” Bowl

I used to love sushi. From the moment I had my first bite, it was instantly one of my favorite foods. And when I became a vegetarian seven years ago, I found the switch relatively easy because I didn’t miss 99.9% of meat and fish dishes. But I missed sushi very, very much. This homemade…

Raspberry Butter Mochi (and Cake Scaling 101!)

Have you ever had butter mochi? I went the first 30 years of my life without it, sadly, until my first visit to Hawaii. It was a warm Pacific morning and we were driving down the highway when suddenly my boyfriend spotted a roadside mochi stand on the other side of the road. Screeching to…

Thai Spring Rolls

In my blogging journey, one of the hardest parts of the process is recipe testing and development. I find it challenging to go from idea to full-blown recipe, especially because I’m committed to sharing recipes that I’m really proud of and ready to put my stamp of approval on. Simply put, if it doesn’t measure…