Asian Inspired Recipe

Simple and Nutritious Black Rice Bowl

2018-02-12T17:38:15+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Pasta and Grain|

Have you ever tried black rice?  Black rice has a nutty and slightly chewy texture as compared to regular rice and it is packed with nutrients… I had black rice once in a local restaurant, since the black rice was mixed with white rice and quinoa, I could not tell the “real” texture of it. Well, I got very curious and it is when the search for the black rice started...after checking into a few stores I finally found it at Sprouts, one of my favorite places to buy organic vegetables and fruits.  I was so happy to find organic black rice selling by the bulk and yes, it is a bit more expensive than your regular white rice, but [...]

Sweet Milk Raisin Bread

2018-02-13T07:49:06+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Bread, Breakfast|

This sweet bread is almost like a dessert…very rich, buttery, cottony with a touch of raisins in it, and stays fresh for days... I try to avoid making this kind of bread as I cannot settle for just one slice…but here I am again with another version of it…the bread is so soft, light and yet rich at the same time…I love eating it by peeling the crumb as it come out so thin, almost like paper sheets…very addictive. I must admit that this recipe requires a bit of work, but so well worth it! I used tangzhong or water roux method as in many of my bread recipes. If you like baking bread you must give this method [...]

Pandan Infused Coconut Milk Sticky Rice with Mango

2018-02-13T20:06:24+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Dessert/Sweet|

This is a very simple recipe for the Thai inspired dessert made with sticky rice and served with fresh mango…a must try… We often order this dessert when eating at the local Thai restaurant, and I always felt guilty in ordering a dessert that was so easy to make…but somehow never came around until a few weeks ago when reading Simple Gluten Free Kitchen post I then decided that I could not wait anymore, so this post it totally inspired by Balvinder… If you have not had this dessert you must try it, even my husband that was not brought up with sticky rice loves it…   Ingredients: 1 cup glutinous rice or sticky rice 1 can coconut milk Pandan [...]

Air Fried Taiwanese Black Pepper Chicken

2018-02-13T07:50:58+00:00 Air-Fryer, Asian Inspired Recipe, Poultry|

These little chunks of chicken are so tasty and totally addictive…they all come with lots of flavors and are a favorite in Taiwanese cafes… I love this chicken, and with the help of the air-fryer I am not worry about of the fat that come with it…the original recipe calls for deep fry, since I have been avoiding deep frying at home I would only get this chicken when eating out.  Well, no more of ordering this chicken now that I can use the air-fryer and get the same crispy chicken.  I like to use chicken thighs for this recipe since it has a bit more of fat therefore more flavor. This chicken is very often found in Taiwanese [...]

Oatmeal Molasses Sandwich Bread

2018-02-13T10:46:31+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Bread|

This is a very soft, fluffy and lightly sweet oatmeal molasses sandwich bread which uses water roux or tangzhong method, therefore the bread stays fresh for many many days… I always wanted to try using molasses in my baking, but somehow never got into it until I bumped into a bottle of molasses when looking for something else in the market isle. No surprise that bread was the first item that came to my mind…so here it is another adaptation of the bread recipes that I usually use, tangzhong method. Tangzhong is a roux made with water and flour and it is added to the rest of the ingredients. The pre-cooked roux adds a sort of gelatinization to the bread, [...]

Ahi Tuna Poke, Raw Fish Salad

2018-02-13T07:51:56+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Fish and Seafood|

Get a fresh piece of sashimi grade ahi tuna and you are ready for a nice treat…simple and super easy ahi tuna poke (raw fish salad) recipe… We are pretty addicted to poke since we discovered a while ago…poke places are popping up like crazy in our area, even Costco sells it…we have tried many places and they all have their specialties…I am okay with the Costco one, but the portion are humongous…which often is not suitable for our little family of two, and it does not taste the same the next day…so I decided to make my own…the one that I am sharing here today is pretty basic, you can really add what you like and come up [...]

Dark Rye and Flaxseed Sandwich Bread

2018-02-16T16:51:42+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Bread|

Don’t you love when you have a bite of bread and you cannot tell that it is a “healthy version” of it? Well, I found the perfect combination of dark rye and flaxseed meal in this recipe. If it was not for the color and the little flaxseed meal specks you would not say that this sandwich bread contains “healthy ingredients”, in another words, if you close your eyes and eat the bread you would definitely say that it is “white” bread… Because we like so much bread, I am constantly testing different ratios between white flour and “so-called” healthy flours therefore feel less guilt when gobbling through a loaf of bread…the big challenge is for the bread to looks [...]

Raindrop Cake

2018-02-14T16:31:32+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Dessert/Sweet, Molecular Gastronomy|

How can a dessert made of almost 99.8% of water be so trendy? The answer…it is all in its texture… When I first saw these raindrop cake (which in my opinion it is not a cake per say, cake in my view should contain flour or its substitutes) I was fascinated by its shape and the notion of its pureness…upon reading the ingredients, I immediately could imagine its textures as I had worked with agar-agar, both in the kitchen and in the lab. The trick is to have the right ratio of water and agar-agar to achieve a very soft almost running gel. A little extra of agar-agar the “cake” will turn into a flavorless jelly, a little “too little” and the [...]

Thai Red Rubies in Pandan Coconut Milk

2018-02-13T20:09:17+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Dessert/Sweet, Holiday Wish|

It is Valentine’s Day…these rubies are not to wear, but are packed with great textures, from crunchy to chewy… Have you ever tried these Thai red “rubies”? The first time I had these “gems” was in an Asian specialty drink store…and I just felt in love with it…they are actually small pieces of water chestnuts colored in red and coated with tapioca flour…resulting in crunchy and chewy texture…I know it is hard to imagine that these little gems carry so many textures. Another great combination is pandan with coconut milk…pandan is very popular in Southeast Asia, often used in desserts and aromatized rice dishes. If you are not familiar with pandan, you should try, as pandan leaves have a very [...]

Pan-Fried Beef Buns with Chive

2018-02-14T17:59:07+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Meat|

Have you ever tried these crispy juicy buns? They come packed with flavors and surprisingly soupy… The ground beef that I used in this recipe was provided by ButcherBox. The company offered me to try their products, therefore I received a generous box containing a variety of beef and chicken products and a package of uncured hickory smoked bacon.  Before I continue, I just want to clarify that I did not receive any compensation for this post and all the content and opinion in this post are solely mine. The box came to my door in dry ice and went straight to my freezer. The packages are very convenient as they are packed in small portion under vacuum.  If you [...]

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