Chinese Cucumber Salad

I got this recipe from a Youtube Channel. It is one of the best resources on authentic Chinese food recipes ever found on the internet. It’s produced by an American-Chinese couple.

I just love to eat this recipe chilled.


  • Cucumber
  • Chilli oil
  • Coriander
  • Lime juice
  • Sugar, Fish sauce

You may find an in-depth recipe on their Youtube Channel.


Simple Fried Rice (Chinese Style)

There are such a hugh variety of fried rice around the world. They are all great, depending on your preference. The one is a Chinese-style. I intended to demonstrate it because it is one of the most simple, consisting of few ingredients, yet full of cooking techniques.

The right Chinese style fried rice must be very dry. The way to achieve this is to fry the egg first and add rice later. This one is also good for vegans, because no meats involved.


  • Cooked rice, 1 cup
  • Green beans, 1/2 cup
  • an egg
  • olive oil, 2 tablespoons
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • chopped spring onions


  1. Mix white and egg yolk and then fry them on the pan. Reduce heat.
  2. Raise to high heat. Add rice and stir fry vigorously to prevent overheating. Add green beans. Continue to stir. Add spring onions.
  3. Add soy sauce. Continue to stir for a while. Reduce heat. Add sesame oil.




Stir-fried Morning Glory (Thai)

I made this dish the Thai way, since I live in Thailand. The food has Chinese origin apparently, though. Thai people love to add a small amount of fish sauce. In Thailand, we love to eat it with plain boiled rice.


  • Morning Glory, 1 bundle
  • Black bean paste, 1 tablespoon
  • Fish sauce, 1/2 tablespoon
  • Vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Red chilli, 2-3 pieces
  • Garlic, 2 gloves


  1. On a wok, put in vegetable oil on medium heat. Add garlic and stir until golden brown. Add red chilli.
  2. Put in morning glory, keep stirring, add bean paste and fish sauce. Raise the heat to high. Keep stirring for a minute or so.
  3. Serve with a bowl of plain boiled rice

Miso Soup

Miso soup is a great side dish to go with any Japanese dish. It’s versatile and easy to prepare. You can have a wide variety of miso soup alternately. For instances, instead of tofus, you can add muchrooms, shells and/or even pork ribs into the soup.


  • Miso, 1/2 cup
  • Katsuo flakes, 1 cup
  • Tofu, sliced 1/2 cup


  1. Bring water to boil, add katsuo flakes, reduce heat to simmer for at least ten minutes.
  2. Remove all katsuo flakes, add miso and tofu, continue to cook for a while

Italian Vinaigratte & Japanese Soy Sauce Dressing

I never bought salad dressings. I make it on my own. Italian Vinaigrette is my favorite. It is simple and delicious, not to mention healthy. Simple mix white vinegar and extra virgin olive oil at 1:3 ratio. Then add salt, pepper and any spice of your choice such as thymes. Shake well. You are ready to go.

If you feel like having Japanese food. You can make your own Japanese soy sauce dressings, too. Using the Italian vinaigrette made earlier, add soy sauce (1 portion), sesame oil (0.5 portion) and sesame seeds. You can also add mayo. That last ingredient is absolutely optional, though. It is that simple.


Grilled Vegetables

Sometimes you don’t want to eat too much especially for dinners. Grilled vegetables are the perfect choice. This recipe is recommended by Alice Waters. It’s incredibly simple to prepare yet extremely delicious. Simply season vegetables of your choice with olive oil and salt and baked them at 225C for 20 minutes. The reason we use salt is not for saltiness per se but to use salt to bring out the true flavors of those vegetables.

Recommended vegetables for this recipe are potatoes, pumpkins, butternut squashs, bell peppers, cauliflowers, zuchinis and brocollis. It is advisable to slice them evenly in terms of thickness so that they are cooked uniformly.


Japanese Pickled Cucumber

We recommend a lot of japanese cuisine in this blog. So, you might want to have some pickle recipe to go with them. Try this simple cucumber pickle recipe.

For the best result, japanese cucumber is recommended, but you can go for english cucumber or any local cucumber you can find, too. Prepare them by cut into small pieces, add 1 teaspoons of salt and mix well. Leave them alone for 15 minutes. Rinse out excess water (quite a lot of them!). Then add 1 teaspoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, some amount of sesame seeds and 1/3 cup of rice vinegar. That’s all.

You can keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.