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Matcha Tiramisu

Matcha Tiramisu

This is one of the most classic dessert, tiramisu, with a twist in it. We love the bitter-sweet espresso, savory mascarpone cheese, and ladyfingers version, but have you ever thought that this delicious treat is also great when combined with other flavor? If you have […]

Fresh Mint Tea

Fresh Mint Tea

If you cook on the regular basis, you have probably been faced with purchasing herbs more than needed for one recipe. This time, I happened to have mint sprigs left from making mojitos for an office party. Tossing out the leftover fresh herb did not […]

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Last month, I was responsible for planning what food would be served for an office mate’s farewell party. Chips and dip seemed like the perfect way to kick off a party. There was nothing like the delicious classic combination of tortilla chips and salsa. There is no forks or spoons  required, tortilla chips with salsa was just easy to pick up party foods, moreover you could clean up in no time. They were so addicting and we reached the bottom of the bowls in no time.

I love this Fresh Tomato Salsa recipe for many reasons. It is simple, healthy, and not to mention it takes only several minutes to make. Chop, chop, chop the ingredients, then just mix everything and your Fresh Tomato Salsa is ready for serve. Salsa is great not only for dipping, but also great as a condiment or side dish or sauce. (more…)

Greek Yogurt Guacamole

Greek Yogurt Guacamole

Are you looking for a great appetizer for a party? The combination of tortilla chips with guacamole dip seems like a great solution kick off your party. To make it more creamy and richer, I decided to add Greek yogurt in my guacamole. If you […]

Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi Fried Rice

Do you love kimchi? I have been obsessed with kimchi lately since I made my own first batch at home. Kimchi has been my newest essential ingredient in my pantry. This red fermented cabbage is perfect eaten either as a meal or a condiment. When […]

Napa Cabbage Kimchi

Napa Cabbage Kimchi

We have grown familiar with kimchi’s strong taste with the rise in popularity of Korean food over recent years. Kimchi played a huge part in Korean cuisine as it is used at almost every meal either as an appetizer, a side dish, or an ingredient for cooking. I still remember I squinted my face when eating this sour and pungent red fermented napa cabbage kimchi for the first time. Once you eat kimchi long enough, you will start to get used to the flavor and become quite addicted.

Although there are many varieties of kimchi, this napa cabbage kimchi or baechu-kimchi (배추김치) is arguably the most common and popular variety. If you love watching Korean dramas or variety shows, you will notice how much Koreans are taking pride and joy in making their own kimchi. Kimchi recipes are passed down through generations. In addition, every Korean households have its own version that greatly varies between regions and social backgrounds. They even create separate refrigerator to control just for the kimchi at optimal temperature at various stage of fermentations.

Nowadays, making homemade kimchi carries a stigma of being difficult. No, it is actually not that cumbersome as it seems as long as you make it in small batches. Koreans have this the tradition of making kimchi, which is called kimjang, done together by entire villages and neighborhoods to turn hundreds cabbages into kimchi. This may be the reason why some people have the perceptive that making kimchi at home tend to be quite laborious because most Koreans usually make big batch of kimchi in one sitting.  (more…)

Dakgangjeong

Dakgangjeong

You know the feeling when watching your favorite TV cooking show and cannot stop drooling over the food. As a result, this dakgangjeong recipe was inspired by binge watching a South Korean reality variety show called Youn’s Restaurant. In its season 2, they opened a small Korean […]

Seaweed Rice Balls

Seaweed Rice Balls

We all know that you cannot help but feel hungry while watching the amazingly delicious food they eat in K-dramas. If you are an avid K-drama watcher, you have most likely been familiar with these Seaweed Rice Balls. Rice is usually served warm in a metallic […]

No-Bake Avocado Lime Cheesecake

No-Bake Avocado Lime Cheesecake

It was my friend’s birthday few weeks ago. So, I decided to be crafty by incorporating his favorite meal in the morning, which is avocado to a cake. Surprise!!! 🙂

Yes, I was inspired to make an avocado based cake to celebrate. I also by chance had extra cream cheese from my fridge. Therefore, I decided to incorporate avocados into a cheesecake. Avocado lime cheesecake seems odd at first, but trust me that it turns out to be delicious. The avocado’s flavor is unexpectedly subtle and the cheesecake does not taste heavy at all from those added healthy fat. The lime is the one that stand out the most as it adds refreshing flavor, intriguing me to keep taking a bite. I must say my favorite is the chocolate crust on the bottom. I especially make the crust less sweet, so it would balance the sweetness from the filling.

There is nothing complicated about this recipe, which is just the way I like it. Once you have tried this recipe, please kindly let me know about your experience. (more…)

Coffee Baileys Ice Cream

Coffee Baileys Ice Cream

My journey with boozy drinks was started just 1 year ago, when my colleague introduced me to Baileys Irish Cream. Baileys Irish Cream is an Irish whiskey, and cream-based liqueur with alcohol content of 17% by volume. As the beginner of someone who just ventured […]

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, one of the first things that should come to mind is chocolate. Giving and receiving chocolate has become one of the most popular ways to commemorate the day of love. Whether you are single or not, Valentine’s Day is […]

Red Bean and Sesame Rice Cake

Red Bean and Sesame Rice Cake

Chinese New Year is coming and I already can see the streets decorated with vibrant red color. There is nothing better to start a new year with sweet treats. Although every household have different customs, I believe that desserts are necessary for a complete New Year’s celebration to express the wish for a sweet following year. With this in mind, I was inspired to make this Red Bean and Sesame Rice Cake to celebrate this Chinese New Year. (more…)