August 2021

The Source Bulk Foods (Kumeu, Auckland, New Zealand)

I had seen this shop so many times in the past, first in Milford, next in Kumeu, then I saw something similar but a different shop in Te Atatu. I have been wanting to visit on any of these shops as I saw a lot of grains and dried beans...

Potato with Salted Egg Yolk

Potato with Salted Egg Yolk is a Chinese dish of twice cooked potatoes, first by lightly coating it with seasoned cornstarch then tossing it in a creamy, mildly spiced salted duck egg yolks. I recently encountered this dish when we dined in at Yue’s Dumpling Kitchen several weeks ago, I...

Braised Green Beans and Eggplant in Soy Sauce

Braised Green Beans and Eggplant in Soy Sauce is a popular Chinese dish prepared by stir frying Green Beans and Eggplant in soy sauce infused with garlic, onions and chillies. If you love dining in at Chinese restaurants then our recipe for today is nothing new, a very common dish...

Paotsin Green Hainanese Rice and Chicken

Paotsin Green Hainanese Rice and Chicken is a copycat recipe inspired by Paotsin made with Hainanese Rice infused with pandan leaves then served with Asian style crispy chicken. One thing that makes me want to visit my home country badly are the interesting new dishes I discover on a regular...

The 11 varieties of the Filipino Longganisa

When you think about sausages, I guess the first thing that comes to mind is either the German Brats or Hungarian Sausages but did you know that this encased meat was probably first invented as a means of preserving blood, offal, and small scraps of meat in the stomachs and...

Nilagang Manok na Puti na may Asparagus

Nilagang Manok na Puti na may Asparagus is a Filipino soup dish made with chicken and vegetables like potato, carrots, cabbage, and asparagus. In the Philippines, during the old days, when someone of high stature prepares chicken for dinner, a whole chicken is used, literally. This means whether they are...

Ippudo (Sylvia Park, Auckland, New Zealand)

I got excited when I saw there was an Ippudo in Sylvia Park this is because I had a good experience with this restaurant chain when I visited Sydney many years ago, their ramen was so good, it reminded me of the ramens I had in Japan. We rarely visit...

Meatball with Misua and Watercress

Meatball with Misua and Watercress is a simple dish of meatballs cooked in a chicken stock with watercress and flour vermicelli before it is topped with generous amount of crunchy fried garlic. Misua, the go to dish for many Filipinos with a tight budget, a humble noodle soup dish that...

7 Amazing Avocado Recipes You Need to Try

Avocadoes, some call them “natures butter” others call them “natures balls”, whatever this fruit is called it is one heck of a natures gem. Its mild, earthy, nutty, buttery but fresh taste alongside its amazing texture is what makes this fruit really good. It is also a versatile ingredient to...