Kimchi Pajeon x Dutch Baby

Hybrid of the ultra-puffy, custardy German Pancake spiked with the flavors of Kimchi Pajeon (Kimchi Scallion Pancake). I mean, if this isn’t the perfect-looking savory pancake, I don’t know what is! It’s been a while since I made a Dutch baby! Inspired by @eatlikeanadult’s Dutch baby post, I adapted his Dutch baby base batter for…

Coconut Pandan & Raspberry Tres Leches Cake

This cake is a playful twist on the traditional Mexican tres leches cake, infused with Asian flavors and made to be “not-too-sweet.” This coconut pandan “tres leches” cake is topped with raspberry jam, raspberries, coconut whipped cream, and toasted coconut. The cake came out excellent– I don’t make a lot of cakes, but this is…

Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka 10-Day Itinerary

If you are visiting Japan for the first time, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka are THE holy trinity of areas to see. I had the pleasure of visiting Japan and stopping at these cities twice. In this 10-day Itinerary, I will be sharing my consolidated experience and recommendations based on my visits. Transportation passes and internet…

S&B Golden Curry Shrimp Pizza

Getting playful with pizza toppings for lunch and honestly, this Japanese-style curry pizza is a 💯 YES in my book! I’m a BIG fan of S&B Golden Curry blocks. I will always keep several packs on hand in the pantry for those days when I want to make a quick easy meal or am simply…

Easy Lacto-fermented Carrots & Serranos

These lacto-fermented carrots & serranos are super simple to make, require only 4 ingredients, and add a flavor punch to dishes when incorporated. If you have never fermented veggies, this recipe is a great one to start with since it is essentially fool-proof. My favorite way to use these fermented carrots and serranos is to…

Easy Chonggakmu aka Ponytail Radish Kimchi

First (completed) ferment of the year! Chonggakmu (ponytail radish) kimchi. One of my favorite fermented radish dishes because of its crunchy texture 😋. I also really enjoy the radish leaves, which are kept and fermented with the radish. The process of making chonggakmu kimchi is identical to making napa cabbage kimchi. The time for osmosis…

Taro Shortbread Bites

These Taro Shortbread Bites are made with a nutty, not-too-sweet homemade taro paste filling wrapped in a melt-in-you-mouth crumbly shortbread exterior. They are a variation of my Chestnut Tart Bites, which is inspired by the classic pineapple tart/cake, a beloved Taiwanese snack. Although I made these shortbread bites with homemade taro paste, which gives me…

Kyushu 3-Day Itinerary (Fukuoka, Takachiho Gorge & Yufuin)

Kyushu, also known as The Land of Fire, stands as the southernmost prefecture of Japan’s main island. Renowned for its active volcanoes, beaches, and natural hot springs, it boasts serene natural landscapes, charming traditional towns that transport you back in time, bustling cities, and incredible food. Fukuoka, Kyushu’s largest city, is the birthplace of the…

Review: Flying ZipAir – Japan’s Newest Budget Airline

Japan recently launched its newest budget airline, ZipAir, to compete with other low-cost Asian airlines attempting to expand into the region. ZipAir promises affordable base fares coupled with quality service to Narita airport. In the United States, the ZipAir flies from Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, and Honolulu. Having recently flowed with them on…

Sourdough starter, levain, and discard… what is the difference?

A sourdough starter is a cultivated wild yeast culture made by fermenting water and flour together and maintained with regular feeding. Levain is an off-shoot of the sourdough starter, typically fed a higher ratio of water and flour to increase activity, for the sole purpose of being used to leaven dough. It can also be…

Costco Mango Smoothie Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ (3/5) Review: Price (★★★★★): Priced at $2.99 per smoothie, the Costco Mango Smoothie is a steal in terms of fruit smoothies. Its Jamba Juice equivalent could cost upwards of $10! Therefore, it get a strong 5/5 rating for price. Quality (★★★☆☆): Costco says that this smoothie is made of 100% mangoes. No added…

Muah Chee aka Peanut Mochi

Muah Chee aka Peanut Mochi is one of the defining sweets of my childhood! My mom would make them often, especially during the holidays, like during Lunar New Year. As a child, I absolutely adored them. They are nutty, sweet, and chewy. Muah Chee is super simple to make: it only requires 3 ingredients (glutinous…

Kimchi & Cheese Sourdough Loaf

Kimchi and cheese? Talk about an incredible combo! It’s like a flavor explosion in your mouth – tart, salty, and packed with that irresistible umami punch. Personally, I can’t get enough of it, whether it’s in a gooey grilled cheese sandwich or a comforting mac & cheese bowl. And you know what’s the best part?…

Sourdough Discard Okonomiyaki

Have you had okonomiyaki? It’s a savory Japanese cabbage pancake that offers a delightful level of freedom for customization. This okonomiyaki is inspired by the ones I had in Osaka. It is easy to make– simply make the batter, mix in your ingredients, and cook it over the stovetop– and is the perfect way to…

Korean Corn Cheese Sourdough Focaccia

Indulge in a fusion of flavors with our Korean Corn Cheese Sourdough Focaccia! This delightful recipe combines the rustic charm of Italian focaccia with the vibrant, savory notes of Korean corn cheese. The result is a unique, mouthwatering treat that’s both comforting and adventurous. The airy, sourdough-infused bread serves as the perfect canvas for the…

Easy Marzipan aka Almond Paste Recipe

Marzipan, also known as almond paste, is a versatile and delicious ingredient that has been cherished in baking and confectionery for centuries. With its rich, nutty flavor and pliable texture, marzipan can be added to pastries in many different ways. It is most well-known as a festive holiday ingredient in European-style pastries, but other cultures…

Costco Royal Asia Shrimp Wontons Review

Costco Royal Asia Shrimp Wontons, $13 – $14 Rating: ⭐⭐ (2.5/5) Review Taste (★☆☆☆☆):The flavor of these Sichuan wontons completely threw me off guard. I was expecting something like chili wontons: savory, nutty, with lots of umami and some heat, however, these wontons sit in a “Sichuan sauce” that can be best described as fast…

Sourdough Discard Pretzel Knots

Craving Bavarian-style pretzels without the hassle of working with lye? These lye-free Sourdough Discard Pretzel Knots got you covered. The recipe uses baking soda to achieve that iconic pretzel crust, bringing you the look and taste similar to the Bavarian original. This recipe uses a spiked sourdough discard dough to expedite the rising process and…

Costco Roast Beef Sandwich Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5) Review: Price (★★★★☆): As of summer 2023, the roast beef sandwich stands as the latest addition to the Costco food court menu. Price at $9.99 per sandwich, it is definitely a premium item that stands out starkly against the other sub-5 dollar menu items. To be honest, I was a little hesitant…

Longan aka Dragon Eye Jam (Pectin-free)

Longan is a very popular fruit in my family’s household growing up. I remember that during our weekly grocery hauls in Manhattan Chinatown, if my dad spotted longan for sale at the fruit markets, he would approach, sample the fruit, and if they were sweet enough, he would buy bags and bags (or boxes) of…

Flamin’ Hot Sourdough Loaf

Get ready to spice up your bread game with this Flamin’ Hot Sourdough Loaf! This unique recipe combines the tangy goodness of sourdough with a fiery kick of heat.

Black Sesame Milk Bread

Milk bread is one of the first breads I learned to bake— 9ish years ago! I remember looking for a recipes on Pinterest and was surprise to find a very simple one on Anita Chu’s blog. Since then, I have been using it as a base for a bunch of different flavor combos. For this…

Spice up your BBQ with these 10 unique globally inspired side dishes

When it comes to BBQ, the main course (things that get thrown on the grill) often takes center stage. However, the perfect BBQ experience is not complete without side dishes! BBQ side dishes not only balance the richness of grilled food but also provide a refreshing change in flavor and temperature. For those who are…

Salted Egg Yolk Sourdough Focaccia with Chili Oil & Garlic

This is currently my favorite focaccia flavor! And my friends and family are loving it too. A unique Chinese twist on classic focaccia bread. The recipe combines the richness of salted egg yolk, the fiery kick of chili oil, the aromatic essence of garlic, and the moderate tang from sourdough to create a flavorful and…

Black Sesame & Banana Chiffon

Looking for ways to use up very ripe banana instead of making the usual banana bread? Give this chiffon cake a try! This light and airy chiffon cake is infused with the delicate nuttiness of black sesame seeds and sweetness of ripe bananas. It is a delightful fusion of banana bread and sponge cake with…

Making and using sourdough breadcrumbs

Have you ever found yourself with a bunch of leftover bread that’s starting to get stale or hard? Don’t throw it away! Instead, transform it into breadcrumbs and use them to create new recipes. This is a great way to reduce food waste and make the most out of your ingredients. Personally, I often do…

Chestnut Tart Bites

These Chestnut Tart Bites are simple, nutty, and buttery. They are inspired by the classic pineapple tart / pineapple cake, which is a beloved Taiwanese snack. Just like the pineapple tart, these chestnut tart bites features a buttery, crumbly crust filled with a sweet and flavorful filling. The tarts are bite sized and enclosed, making…

Spam Fried Rice Sourdough Loaf

Got some leftover Spam and cooked rice sitting in your fridge? Don’t let them go to waste! Turn those ingredients into a Spam Fried Rice Sourdough Loaf. By combining the salty goodness of spam with the aromatic flavors of fried rice and the delightful crunch of bread, you’ll create a unique and delicious dish that’s…

8 Quick & Easy Sourdough Discard Recipes

Are you tired of throwing away your sourdough starter discard every time you feed your starter? Well, you’re in luck! In this blog post, you’ll find recipes to transform your sourdough discard into something delicious with just a few simple ingredients and minimal effort. Here is a list of quick and easy sourdough discard recipes:…

Lavender Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies

These shortbread cookies are inspired by London Fog Latte. They are milky, buttery and floral. The added drizzle glaze adds an extra sweetness and contrast texture. Start first by making the Lavender Earl Grey Butter by creaming the earl grey tea leaves with sugar, milk powder and lavender in butter. After the butter is nice…

Chai Tea Financiers

I know, I know, saying “chai tea” is essentially saying “tea tea” BUT here in the states, when we think chai we refer to a specific type of spiced tea. Chai is a descriptor. And therefore, these fragrant spiced tea financiers are named so. Financiers are such a simple but elegant cake. They are made…

Soft Sourdough Discard Tortillas

Transform your sourdough discard into flour tortillas with this easy, and foul-proof sourdough discard tortilla recipe. I enjoy prepping these tortillas in the morning, about an hour before lunch. Simply just mix the ingredients together and let the dough relax. Then, right before lunch, I like to shape, flatten and cook the tortillas on the…

Sourdough White Cheddar & Onion Stuffed Bialys

These white cheddar and onion stuffed sourdough bialys are light, chewy, simple, and flavorful. It uses the 2 day slow, cold fermentation method used in my Sourdough Neapolitan Pizza Dough recipe to develop flavor and get that quintessential Neapolitan-style chew. It makes a wonderful breakfast, quick lunch or side item. It’s also convenient grab-and-go item…

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies

Are you a PBJ lover? These Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies packs a flavor punch and is texturally wonderful with it’s chewy edges and a soft center. When I was selling my pastries, these cookies made up 16% of all my orders! They are bold, attention-drawing, unique and a fun twist on cookies. I hope…

Seven essential sourdough bread making tools

In this post, I am going to share with you some of my favorite sourdough baking tools. I am no sourdough expert, but I have been making and experimenting with sourdough since 2017 so I would say I have quite a bit of practice and have figured out what my favorite essentials are! Here are…

Chinese Sausage Steamed Bun

When I was visiting my mother-in-law for Thanksgiving, she made me steamed buns with Chinese sausage. I thought it was a fun play on the hot dog buns that can be found in Chinese bakeries and I was surprised at how tasty the combo is given its simplicity! Here is a remake! This steamed bun…

Sourdough Caramelized Onion Sesame Flatbread (Zhima Dabing)

This tall layered sesame flatbread is a twist on zhima dabing. It is made with wild yeast (sourdough), giving the bread an extra depth of flavor. The sourdough dough is then rolled out and laminated with sweet and rich caramelized onions. After, it is enveloped with sesame seeds to create a crisp and nutty crust….

Kinako Sugar Cookies – Quick and Easy Cookie Recipe

Kinako is roasted soybean flour. It is very nutty and I would say tastes close to peanut butter. Kinako is most commonly used to dust and flavor mochi so it doesn’t stick, but you can also find it used in other Asian desserts, specifically Japanese, and snacks (like ice cream!). You can find Kinako at…

Candied Pomelo Scones

I have been enjoying making different kinds of citrus peels. It a refreshing light and sweet snack AND it preserves the peels for several months. I posted the basic recipe for Candied Orange Peels, which I have been using for them. For this recipe, I am using candied pomelo peels I’ve made with the above…

Rustic Sourdough Pita Crisps

These crunchy, flavorful chips are easy to make and perfect for snacking on their own or dipping into your favorite spreads and dips. In this recipe, you learn how to transform your sourdough starter into delicious pita chips in just a few simple steps. With their satisfying crunch and tangy sourdough flavor, these chips are…

Easy White Kimchi

Gluten-Free. Keto. Low Carb. Healthy Gut Bacteria (Probiotics). You may have seen my Easy Classic Kimchi recipe that I posted back in April. It is one of the very first recipes I posted and I am happy to end the year with the non-spicy, refreshing version of it: White Kimchi. This post is short and…

Honeycomb Peanut Brittle

I love peanut brittles but they have always a bit to much candy and a bit too hard for my liking. This variation leverages the light, airy, and crunchy honeycomb candy base for peanut brittles making it a delight to bite into. The honeycomb melts in your mouth and is full of honey and toffee…

Quick and Easy Sourdough Crisps with just Sourdough Discard and Spices

These Sourdough Discard Crisps are made with JUST sourdough discard, seasoning, and spices. It is the best way to use up your sourdough discard and easily and quickly transform into something delicious. The one thing that bothers me about making sourdough discard crackers is that I have to use extra flour. And personally, with a…

Mexican Hot Chocolate & Walnut Cantuccini

Cantuccini is an Italian twice-baked cookie aka biscotti that is traditionally made with no fat. They are harder than most biscotti and are made to be eaten dunked in hot coffee, tea or wine. Because of their hardness and dryness, they are shelf-stable and are perfect for gifting. Hot Chocolate is a beverage that originated…

Chili Oil Sourdough Focaccia

You may have seen my Easy Overnight Sourdough Focaccia recipe. It is an 85% hydration focaccia and it makes the softest, chewy focaccia. This Chili Oil version leverages the same process, replacing the olive oil used with Chinese Chili Oil, giving the focaccia a smokiness and firey heat. The spiciness of the focaccia is really…

Candied Orange Peels

These candied orange peels are super easy to make and requires only 3 ingredients: orange peels, sugar and water. Its a great way to reduce kitchen waste waste and as a bonus, you get some orange simple syrup to use for your teas and coffee. Enjoy these candied orange peels as as a post meal…

Szechuan Peppercorn and Chili Scallion Pancake (Pajeon)

This Sourdough Sezhuan Peppercorn and Chili Scallion Pancake is a derivative of the Korean scallion pancake: pajeon. It is chewy and savory and much softer than the Chinese-style scallion pancake. If you have tried and liked my Sourdough Discard Pajeon (Korean Scallion Pancake), Sourdough Discard Kimchi-Jeon: Kimchi Pancakes or Sourdough Haemul Pajeon: Seafood Scallion Pancake and you…

Black Sesame Rugelach

This Jewish-Asian cookie pays homage to the crispy, buttery and sweet Jewish pastry: the rugelach and the widely popular Asian dessert filling: black sesame paste. The pastry dough and black sesame paste are rolled together and tossed in turbinado sugar and baked, creating a cookie that is nutty, sweet, buttery and crispy Have you had…