Asian Inspired Recipe

Black Sesame Swirl Pumpkin Bread

2018-02-16T16:52:05+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Bread|

This is a fun bread to bake using tangzhong method. It is so tasty with swirls of sesame paste in a pumpkin dough...and stay fresh and soft for days. This is a fun recipe to make, especially that is Halloween…the combination of the sweet sesame swirl in between the soft, cottony pumpkin bread is just divine. Initially, people find a little skeptical because of the “black” swirl in the bread…no it is not mold… The combination of the colors as well as the rolling and folding makes this recipe a fun process from the beginning to the end. But, don’t let me dictate how you should roll and fold…go ahead and handle the dough and the sesame filling however you [...]

Glutinous Rice with Chinese Sausage

2018-02-16T15:35:55+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Gluten Free, Pasta and Grain|

This is a recipe for a traditional glutinous rice known as sticky rice which is an staple in the Chinese cuisine which sausage, chicken or pork can be added. Have you ever had glutinous rice? In spite of the name “glutinous” it does not contain gluten at all, like all the other varieties of rice. Glutinous rice is grinded to make mochi flour which is a very popular ingredient in many Asian desserts and even savory ones. I grew up with glutinous rice and its derivatives…I love all the “chewy” food that you can make with it. Recently I shared the “pearl meatballs” recipe which the meatball (any of your choice) is coated with a layer of glutinous rice. Today, [...]

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake

2018-02-16T15:45:54+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Dessert/Sweet|

Looking for a light and fluffy pumpkin cheesecake?  This is all you need, Asian inspired cheesecake, it is more a cake than cheese. Well, this is the thing…I did not know how to call this cheesecake like dessert…looks like a cake, but has cream cheese in it, and it resembles the cotton soft cheesecake with all the rights of a pumpkin pie…color and spice…this cake/cheesecake is so light, cottony and melt in your mouth. And you know what? It tastes much, much better next day after in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours. So if you like all pumpkin stuff, get ready for a treat…this is much lighter than your conventional cheesecake and I must tell you that you will not [...]

Kabocha Soup with Miso

2018-02-16T16:42:06+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Soup/Stew|

This is an Asian inspired pumpkin soup made with kabocha and a hint of miso.  It is creamy and loaded with umami flavor. Pumpkin season…all kind of squashes…I love them all…all kind of shape and texture…every different squash has its own quality. Since my parents got a lot of Japanese influence when growing up, our table too was a reflection of it…and kabocha squash (Japanese pumpkin) was often seeing, either steamed or sauté…and of course I carried all my mom’s cooking tips with me…and often I call her to find out how she did this or that…and I add my “touch” into it. I have been seeing this squash all year round in regular grocery store, even at Trader Joe’s…this [...]

Pearl Meatballs

2018-02-16T16:45:39+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Meat|

These is a simple recipe for meatballs covered with a layer of glutinous rice. The combination of texture is just magical... Have you ever missed food that you used to eat when little? When living in Brazil my mom used to make these meatballs covered with a layer of glutinous rice, aka sticky rice. Since I am a big fan of anything “glutinous” it is not surprise that this would be one of my favorite dishes. Now, don’t ask me why pearl, as from my understanding pearl should be smooth and elegant and the look of this so called “pearl meatballs” do not resemble in any way or shape (maybe the shape being round) of a pearl…to me personally they [...]

Frangipane Toast

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

This toast is almost like a dessert for breakfast. The toast is covered with a layer of creamy frangipane and topped with toasted slices of almond.  Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Okay, you might feel that I am cheating…this is a simple version of the Frangipane Rolls. Since we had so much frangipane rolls, I decided to use up the almond cream so it would not go bad. In this recipe I used the same dough, just in different format. I spread a generous layer of almond cream, sprinkled some sliced almond and voila… Can I tell you a secret? I just learned when writing this post that the past tense of the verb “spread” is “spread”…so interesting [...]

Beef, Celery and Carrot Stir-Fry

2018-02-09T12:57:23+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Meat|

This is another Asian inspired simple recipe which involves just a handful of ingredients…and I bet you that you have them all in your kitchen. This stir-fry beef is delicious served over a steamy bowl of rice and great for next day lunch or dinner, therefore don’t be reluctant to make it even by doubling the recipe. In one bite you will have the combination of flavorful beef with the slightly crunchy celery and carrot…so good! Ingredients: ½ lb finely sliced beef, I used shabu shabu boneless ribeye 2 or 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped ½ onion sliced 1-2 scallion, chopped 3-4 stalks celery, cut diagonally 2-3 medium carrots, I used regular and white ½ tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon San-J [...]

Vietnamese Pickled Daikon and Carrot

2018-02-09T13:47:27+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Vegetarian|

I am sharing with you today a simple a versatile recipe for Vietnamese pickled carrots and daikons. I love to have them handy in the refrigerator. I usually add to sandwiches, on salads or as a side dish. They are crunchy and so flavorful. It is a balance between sweet and tart. This pickled vegetable is great in sandwiches especially when you have rich and fatty meats in it. Another option is to top your favorite salad with it, they add color, flavor and serves as a dressing as well. I hope you get to try this simple and quick pickled Vietnamese inspired daikon and carrot. Ingredients: Approximately 1 lb daikon, cut into matchstick thickness 1 large carrot, peeled and [...]

Rye Sandwich Bread with Gluten

2018-02-09T00:39:53+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Bread, Gluten Free|

First of all, I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend and had a chance to take a moment to remember all the people that fought for our freedom… This week I am sharing a recipe that is adapted from the one that I posted here. I decide to add some gluten to make the dough a bit pliable, for the horror of the gluten free dieters. Sorry it is nothing personal, since we do not have any problem with gluten I decided to “abuse” a little. The original recipe that I used was pretty good, but the addition of gluten made it softer and silkier. Since rye flour contains less gluten it was logical just to replace the [...]

Baked Thai Chicken Drumstick

2018-02-09T13:12:17+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Poultry|

This is a very simple and easy recipe. I got a big package of organic drumsticks from Costco which comes in small package containing 6 drumsticks each, which e very convenient. After searching for recipes, I decided to try this recipe from here, with some changes. In this recipe you will need some unusual ingredient such as fish sauce, which is a very common sauce used in Southeast Asia. You will need to acquire a taste for this sauce, although in this recipe there is only a hint, therefore no need to worry about the pungent and smelly nature of this sauce. It is tastier if you marinate the drumsticks for a few hours, thus saturating the chicken with all the [...]

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