Japanese Cooking: Healthy Green Bean 白和え Shiraae


The first time I tried a green bean shiraae, was at Nakajima Suisan where we had some of the best grilled fish in Singapore. Shira-ae or shiraae, a classic tofu paste that was born from the Zen Buddhist vegetarian cuisine called shojin ryouri. Over the years, I’ve felt a certain affinity with Buddhist teachings and traditions, so the […]

Mexican Cooking: Pico de Gallo (Salsa Fresca)


So, what’s the difference between pico de gallo and salsa? Well, pico de gallo is also called salsa fresca. And as its name suggests, it is a type of fresh salsa. It’s crunchy, fresh, and much less soupy than regular salsas which tend to be blended or puréed. I generally prefer pico de gallo as fillings for burritos and […]