Homemade fresh pasta

It’s almost mandatory for a chef to know how to made fresh pasta at home. I finally did.


  • all purpose flour, 1 cup
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg yolk

Homemade Gochujang

It’s so surprise to learn that the Korean Gochujang sauce can be made readily at home. I got this recipe from a masterchef junior. One of the ingredients is actually a common Thai curry paste called red curry paste which can be found at asian supermarket. It is versatile.


  • Red curry paste, 1 portion
  • Sugar, 1.5 portion
  • Black bean paste, 1.5 portion
  • chilli sauce, 1.5 portion
  • sesame oil, 1.5 portion


  1. On the frying pan, heat the red curry paste on olive oil
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix them well
  3. Use the Gochujang sauce to cook any pork or chicken recipe of your liking

Poke Bowl

This dish looks pretty much like a Japanese, but in fact it was originated from Hawaii. The diced raw fish can be makuro or salmon. Diced avocado can also be added, too. It is so simple to prepare.


  • Makuro (tuna fillet, sashimi grade), diced
  • a bowl of rice
  • sesame oil and seeds
  • katsuo flakes for garnishing


  1. add sesame oil to diced makuro and mix well. Let it rest for 10 minutes
  2. Place the diced makuro on top of a bowl of rice. Garnish with sesame seeds and katsuo flakes.

Tempura soba

This recipe is a bit outside of my food concept because it contains deep-fried food. However, as long as we limit deep-fried consumption, it should be fine. Feel free to reward yourself once in a while.

There are quite a number of tips on how to make perfect shrimp tempura. First of all, dry the shrimps with paper towels before soaking them into the dip. Do not underestimate this step. Not only it reduces oil spills during the cooking, it also helps the flour attach better.

Secondly, use cold water or even with ice to make the dip. It is also another technique to help the flour attach better. Finally, leave the cooked tempura for 5 minutes before serving.


  • Shrimps, 2 of them
  • All purpose flour, 1 cup
  • Cold water, 1 cup
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vegetable oil, 1 bowl
  • Soba, 1 cup
  • Chopped spring onions
  • Dashi stock, 2 cup
  • soy sauce, 2 tablespoons
  • mirin 2 tablespoons


  1. Wash shrimps, remove their shells and rub with paper towel to remove moisture. Springle multi-purpose flour on to the shrimps until them are completely dry.
  2. Mix cold water well with multi-purpose flour.
  3. On a pan, pour the vegetable oil and raise heat until the oil is hot.
  4. Springle the flour mixture onto the hot oil to form crispy flour. Dip the shrimps into the flour dip and transfer them quickly onto the hot pan. Deep fry until cooked. Remove and let them rest for five minutes.
  5. Bring soba to boil.
  6. Heat dashi stock, add soy sauce and mirin. Put the cooked soba in. Put the shrimp tempura on top and garnish them with spring onions.



Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

A story about a teenage boy by the name Collen Witter in Lily, Arkansas, a depressing town where life sucked and Gabriel, his beloved brother had gone missing. In the meantime, the whole town was so obsessed with the b/s story of a lost wookpecker. And yet another story of crazy religion people from the other side of the world that is somehow seems uncorrelated but converge together towards the end of the story.

I just love the writing style so much that I can keep listening to this book for hours and hours. It’s so captivating for unknown reason. The storylines also happened naturally, not forcing the characters to fit the plots. I also enjoy the open-endedness of the fiction that let to the readers’ own devices to interpret.

I wish I could write a fiction like this someday.


Whole Wheat Margherita

Don’t you know that pizza can be made at home. It’s easier than you think. Besides, you can make it a little healthier by using whole wheat flour instead of white flour. That is the beauty of home cooking.

Margherita was named after a queen. She was served this type of pizza when she visited a countryside. The color of Margherita also resembles the flag of Italy.


  • White all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup
  • Whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup
  • Warm water, 1/3 cup
  • Yeast, 1 teaspoon
  • a pinch of suger and salt
  • a tablespoon of olive oil
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Basil leaves, 1/2 cup
  • Tomato paste


  1. combine white and whole wheat flour in a bowl, add water, yeast, sugar, salt and olive oil. Mix well and knead by hand for at  least ten minutes. Rest the dough at room temperature for half an hour.
  2. Roll the dough into big flat pizza crust. Add tomato paste, sliced mozzarella cheese and basil leaves. Add some salt and olive oil.
  3. Heat the pizza in the oven at 225 C for 10 miniutes or until cooked.

Minced Pork and Salted Olive with rice

This recipe was one of my favorites when I was a kid. It is a Thai-Chinese food because it was originated in Thailand by Chinese. Having eaten it again remind me of my childhood.

The salted olive can be bought in can from any asian supermarket.


  • Minced Pork, 1 cup
  • Salted Olive, 1/2 cup
  • Minced Garlic, 3 tablespoons
  • Sugar, half teaspoons
  • Olive oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Chopped lime, red hot chillis and gingers


  1. On medium heat, stir olive oil and minced garlic on a pan until golden brown.
  2. Add minced pork and continue to stir until cook.
  3. Add chopped salted olive and mix well. Continue to stir for a couple of minutes
  4. Serve with rice and chopped lime, red hot chillis and gingers. Ornate with coriander leaves on top (optional)