Internal blues = Lemongrass brew

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Most kids with Asian moms, especially those who grew up with Asian grandparents, can back me up on this: Coughing? Fresh oregano juice. Skin burn or bruises? Pounded guava leaf.

It’s not because our “forefathers” defy modern medication, they are just smart and practical enough to make most out of the beneficial products from our bountiful soil and tropical weather. Out of thousands of holy grail plants, let’s highlight one of my personal favorites growing up: Lemongrass. Read more…

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Eggplant Bruschetta for Sabato Antipasto

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Wet or dry markets are the best places to source out the freshest and the cheapest local produce on any given day.

In a countryside like Doi Saket here in Chiang Mai, street markets are scheduled to pop several days in a week but Saturdays are when most locals do their full-on market day. One of the best things about Thai markets is the variety of vegetables they sell. Some stalls even have organic produce for sale!

Since it’s a Saturday, I decided to whip up something simple yet healthy out of the most ordinary ingredients found in the market: Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Bell pepper.Β  Read more…

Muscovado Banana Loaf

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Growing up, I always wanted to be a Patessier more than i wanted to be a Chef. It’s not that i get to be a Chef now (i’ll get there eventually haha), but i never really understood how fun it is to bake until i made my very first loaf!Β  Read more…

At first try: Fresh Spring Rolls

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Around the same time last year, my best friend and I were on our yearly flash-packing trip in South-East Asia’s Golden Triangle–Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand. From ancient cities with traditional cultures to endless temples and street musings, it has always been the local cuisine that we look forward to in equal excitement. Read more…

Dignified Pan de Sal

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Pan de sal or “salt bread” is a staple Filipino breakfast, paired with a hot Β cup of coffee. One piece costs Php 2.00, but size, shape, and taste vary per bakery. At least in our localΒ neighborhood of Novaliches, there are several bakeries with a variety of pan de sal to choose from, there are: Bigger but mostly air inside, Crunchy and oblong shaped, Right size and fluffy, and the ones with Malunggay (moringa) leaves. Read more…