Friday, April 28, 2017

Filipino kare-kare

Filipino stew of oxtails (kare-kare) with green beans and eggplant is a rich and meaty dish flavored with ground roasted peanuts, onions and garlic. This dish is often accompanied by white rice and a bit of shrimp paste. Traditionally, any Filipino fiesta is not complete without kare-kare.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Curry Fish Balls (Hong Kong)

One of Hong Kong's most popular street food is curry fish balls and HK locals have been enjoying this street snack for so many decades already.

Skewers of fish balls are deep-fried in hot oil and then boiled in a delicious and spicy curry sauce, these fish balls are so addictive you won't be able to stop eating them ;)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cha yen (Thai iced tea)

Cha yen (Thai iced tea) is a sweetened and chilled tea with sugar, evaporated milk and condensed milk. Condensed milk and sugar are mixed with the tea before it is poured over ice and then topped with evaporated milk, it's generally served in a tall glass. However, in Thailand, it's more often poured over the crushed ice in a translucent plastic cup.

Another version of cha yen is cha dam yen (dark Thai iced tea), which is served chilled with no milk content and sweetened with sugar only.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese sizzling cake)

Bright yellow bánh xèo stuffed with shrimp and crispy bean sprouts are rolled up in lettuce leaves is a popular Vietnamese street snack.

Bánh xèo, literally means "sizzling cake", named for the loud sizzling sound it makes when the rice batter is poured into the hot skillet. It's a Vietnamese savory fried pancake made of rice flour, water, turmeric powder, stuffed with slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, diced green onion and bean sprouts. It's often dunked in a spicy sauce before eaten.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Stinky Tofu

The smellier, the better. That's the rule for stinky tofu (aka smelly tofu) in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The more stinky it smells, the better its flavor. The odor of stinky tofu resembles that of smelly feet or rotten meat.

The secret of the stink is the fermentation process that can take several days. Stinky tofu can be eaten cold, steamed, stewed, and most commonly, deep-fried, and it's often accompanied by chili sauce (Hong Kong) or mala sauce (Taiwan).

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Taiwanese Oyster Pancake

This delicious dish is oyster omelette with sautéed veggies and various other ingredients kindly tucked in. Pork lard is often used to fry the omelette.

It is commonly served as a night market appetizer, but is filling enough to be an entire meal. This dish has constantly been ranked by many foreigners as the top cuisine from Taiwan.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Bruneian Ambuyat

This dish is actually native to Brunei. Ambuyat is made from pouring hot water into sago, and believe it or not, sago is derived from a tree trunk.

Ambuyat is basically tasteless, but worth eating for the experience itself. There are several dipping sauces that you can choose from (spicy or sweet), which actually gives it some flavor, and it's always eaten with vegetables and dishes of fish, meat or prawn depending on your preferences.