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East-Meets-West Watercress Dinner with Ming Tsai

Whenever I go home to Boston or visit relatives in Hong Kong, I’m reminded on how much watercress features into Chinese cuisine. Whether we’re eating out or dining in, it was common to have a plate full of stir-fried watercress. Sometimes it would be simply dressed with a little garlic, rice wine, and soy sauce….

Join Me on the Food of the Italian South Book Tour!

Join Me on the Food of the Italian South Book Tour!

OMG Food of the Italian South is out today! It feels like this book has been so long in the making (possibly because it has?) and I can hardly believe it’s finally hitting bookstores in less than 48 hours. Over the past 3 months, while the book was being printed, I was organizing the first of…

Green Bean and Coconut Stir-fry + Giveaway for Vibrant India

This week I’m very excited to share a recipe from my friend Chitra Agrawal‘s new cookbook Vibrant India, which came out a few weeks ago from Ten Speed. I first met Chitra about 5 or 6 years ago at a potluck and we quickly became close friends through a mutual love of cooking. We banded…

Japanese Beef and Potato Stew (Nikujaga) / Trying out Kamikoto

In the winter, there is nothing I crave more than a hearty stew. A few weeks ago, I made cassoulet for the first time since culinary school over a decade ago. It was, despite being a 2-day long endeavor for shopping and cooking, was soooo worth the effort, not least because I celebrated the occasion…

Hong Kong Noodles with Shallot Oil

Wow, what a crazy past few months we’ve had. There are so many things going on news-wise that it’s been hard to even think about blogging about food, and going about “business as usual”. A few people seem to find ways to do it, but as a news junkie who has been fascinated by politics…

Stir-Fried Beef with Black Pepper + Anolon/Cookbook Giveaway!

How did the summer fly by so quickly? It seemed like only yesterday that I was looking forward to Memorial Day picnics and plugging free summer movies and concerts into my Google Calendar. Where did the time go? What happened to my summer reading? Why have I not taken more beach trips? How have I not once…

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