Korean Cooking: Make Your Own Fresh Kimchi 겉절이 (Geotjeori)


Oddly enough, my first experience with fresh kimchi was actually in Japan! Mom and I  were totally addicted to it. Instead of the usual briny flavour of fermented kimchi, it packed what was a spicy, sweet kick instead. Many of the ramen shops served it as a side dish, which really is testament to how ubiquitous this […]

Korean Cooking: Shrimp Pancake 파전 (Pajeon)


I was looking for something simple and yet delicious as a side dish for my Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup, and came across this wonderfully easy recipe for delicious crispy Korean pancake. I just love the flavour of green onion, paired with succulent prawns, and golden fried batter. All of it combined, and dipped in a […]

Baking: Freshly-baked Baguettes


One of the most beautiful sounds in the world is a bread knife cutting into a beautiful piping hot, crispy baguette fresh out of the oven. My first attempt at these baguettes need a slight makeover, but I promise these taste absolutely heavenly. The texture is perfect! Crispy outside, moist and chewy inside. And when […]

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 […]