• Asian Flavors,  Baking Recipes,  Bread-making,  The Breakfast Bin,  Yeasted breads

    Hi chocolate, it’s nice to matcha!

    Did I really just write that title? I’m sorry. So I finally managed to track down some matcha powder some weeks ago, and unfortunately it’s not the sort I’m looking for. It seems like a really mild type of matcha. From what I’ve been seeing in photos, the concentrated one has a greener hue; and from what I’ve been reading, it has a stronger taste. I can barely taste my matcha in this bread. No, scratch that– I can only taste the matcha if I concentrate really really hard. If I close my eyes and really try to unlock my tastebuds, I can taste the wonderful green tea notes with…

  • All Things Pinoy,  Asian Flavors,  At home,  Baking Recipes,  Foodie Life,  My Comfort Food,  My favourite things,  Spoon desserts & puddings,  The Breakfast Bin

    {Filipino Food-Love} Introducing one of my ultimate comfort foods

    I’ve talked about comfort food before, but lately I’ve realised that nearly nothing else can comfort me in the same manner as this simple little porridge can. We call this Filipino breakfast staple the champorado, and it’s basically a chocolate rice porridge, served with milk. Tell me which part of that doesn’t sound comforting– not to mention delicious? There’s just something so homey about eating mushy warm food from a bowl. I know it sounds a little icky when I put it that way, but these kinds of food oddly make my soul feel at ease. That’s why most of what I consider my comfort foods share this particular characteristic…

  • All Things Pinoy,  Asian Flavors,  Cooking Recipes,  I love Asian noodles,  Pastas & noodles

    Everyman’s Pancit Canton- an introduction to Filipino cooking

    One of the things I love the most about living the Philippines is, without a doubt, the Filipino food selection. It ranges from sweet to sour to spicy to salty in a span of cities and provinces. Sometimes when you travel through from one area of the peninsula to the other, the contrast between each province is striking not only in terms of appearance or culture, but with the food as well. You take one dish and each province has a unique way of cooking it that fits their identity. The diversity of each province can literally be sampled through the food, among other things. But there is this one…

  • Great Eats

    Some of my favourite things to eat

    This week is kind of a busy week for me, so I’ll post about what I’ve been eating instead of what I’ve been making for today. (I’m so happy that the iPhone takes lovely impromptu restaurant food pictures.) Hopefully I’ll get something yummy up before the end of the week. Well, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before but some of my favourite things to eat are (1) Japanese rolls/sushi, and (2) dimsum and dumplings. Every time I have them, I get this feeling of major satisfaction that stems from deep within. I guess that means these are my happy food, or my “soul food”. If that’s the case,…

  • Asian Flavors,  Cooking Recipes,  Dimsum & dumplings,  From the books,  Pork dishes,  Seafood dishes

    A special love for Japan and its gyoza

    One of my dream countries to visit is Japan. I’ve been to quite a few Asian countries but have never really visited Japan because it’s too expensive, as they say. However I am familiar with Japanese cuisine, it being one of my all-time favourites. I can also speak quite a few Japanese sentences given that I grew up watching tons and tons of Japanese anime shows. It might be funny but it’s true! The Japanese inspired a lot of things in my life, I think. They inspired me to develop my imagination and my talent in drawing (anime!). They inspired me to value tradition with how much love they have…

  • Asian Flavors,  Baking Recipes,  Cookbook Crazy,  Dimsum & dumplings,  From the books

    Learning about Basic Dumpling Wrappers

    I’ve had the acclaimed Asian Dumplings book since forever, but I haven’t exactly made anything from it until recently, when I finally managed to pick out which recipe I wanted to start with. Every time I flip through this book, it gets more and more difficult for me to find just one recipe to do first. Everything looks amazing! And especially for a dimsum-lover like myself, it’s fairly difficult to resist the photos. If I’m not intending to make any dumplings, I try to avoid looking through this book because every time I do, I always end up holding a dimsum menu in a Chinese restaurant.