How to cook: Phat Kaphrao (Thai stir fried meat with basil and chilis)

On Facebook, Speedy re-shared that Saveur page with the 55 Great Global Food Blogs and it made me re-visit some of the blogs on the list including Leela’s She Simmers where I found a recipe for a stir fried dish that, according to Thai Airways Magazine is “fourth among the ten Thai dishes ordered most frequently by foreigners“. Called phat khaprao (or pad ka-prao), it is a very simple stir fry that consists of minced meat (or seafood) seasoned with fish sauce, soy sauce and a bit of sugar. But what really gives the dish its unique flavor is the addition of Holy basil. Amazing how the basil adds so much flavor and aroma. Fortunately for me, my Holy basil is still growing in the garden and on that basis I decided what lunch today was going to be. »

How to cook: Pork version of P.F. Chang’s Mongolian beef

Pork version of P.F. Chang's Mongolian beef

No, I've never been to P.F. Chang's although I read that the U.S. food chain opened its first Asian branch in Alabang two months ago. It's easily a two-hour drive to Alabang and... I just wouldn't. The copycat recipe for P.F. Chang's Mongolian beef, … »

How to cook: Chinese-style braised beef

Chinese-style braised beef

I can't resist a good recipe when I come across one. I was browsing food sites a couple of days ago, saw a one-pot Chinese-style braised beef recipe at BBC Good Food and I immediately experienced an adrenalin rush. It looked so good. I checked the … »

About Chinese sausages


When pressed for time or too lazy to cook a full meal or when the fridge and pantry are almost empty, one of the easiest -- and tastiest -- dishes that I can whip up is a combo of thinly sliced Chinese sausages and scrambled eggs. I like to cook them … »

How to cook: Stir fried beef and chayote


Inspired by a dish that chef Luke Nguyen cooked in his TV show, this stir fried beef and chayote combo is another example of the yin-yang concept that is found across various Asian cuisines. The ingredients are simple, few and inexpensive, the … »

How to cook: Pulled pork curry with paratha


I've never had curry this good. Seriously. And just as Speedy was saying how bored he was with curried stews, I served this for lunch today and all he could say was how delicious it was.What is it?It is a curried dish, obviously. But, … »