Chicken Tikka Masala

The Chicken Tikka Masala Origin Story Chicken Tikka Masala was supposedly born in Glasgow when a customer complained about his chicken curry being dry.  To remedy this situation, the restaurant chef added some tomato soup to the mix and VOILA! This British-Indian dish was born.  Many people speculate on whether or not this is actually…

Restaurant Style Rogan Josh

  Rogan Josh is delicious mutton or lamb curry: the name literally means ‘stewed in butter’.  No wonder I love it so much.  I can’t think of anything that I wouldn’t like if it was slow-cooked in butter.  Especially if that something was tender bits of lamb with spices.  The entire dish is as comforting…

Shanghai Noodles

  China is a great place for food.  Cumin dusted lamb and noodles in the West, spicy cuisine from Szechuan province, fried delicacies in Yunnan, dumplings in the North…I could go on but I get too hungry to finish the list.  However, if your taste runs more to the sweet than savory, you might want…

Curry Laksa

        How curry laksa was born The story goes that when Chinese immigrants settled in Malaysia, they married locals who learned to cook Chinese recipes but put their own twist on them by using local ingredients.  Hence, Peranakan cuisine (aka Nyonya cuisine) was born and still remains a delicious staple in Malaysia…

Uyghur Spiced Lamb Parcels

What is Uyghur food?         Some of the best food in China can be found in Xinjiang province, located in Western China and typically halal and more reminiscent of middle Eastern cuisine than of anything you would recognize from your local takeaway.  Popular dishes of this region are barbequed spiced lamb, hand-pulled…

Karaage Chicken

          I first learned how to make karaage (kara a gee) chicken in a Japanese cooking class whilst living in Beijing.  That was where I learned that coating things in cornstarch and frying until crispy was inspired by Chinese cooking to which I say, thank you China. For me, karaage chicken is…

Pork and Shrimp Wontons

      Before I had my beautiful daughter, life was carefree!  Sure, I’ll have another beer.  Why not stay out late on a Saturday night?  Hey, let’s go away for the weekend!  I had so many opportunities to spend my extra money and extra time.  Especially when I became sick.  If I felt ill,…

Wok Fried Beef Noodles

          Wok-fried beef noodles are my go-to ‘meh…not really feeling like putting in that much effort dish’. You know that feeling.  Even people such as myself who love to cook can sometimes just get tired of it. That’s why I love this simple recipe. Just marinate the beef, chop up the…

Mulligatawny

          For a long time, I didn’t know what Mulligatawny was.  What was this soup that my husband kept asking me to make?  So, I did a little research and found that this dish is yet another British hybrid of an Indian recipe only this time made with added beef, thickeners…