King Oyster Mushroom and Pistachio Salad
Appetizer / Vegetables / Western

King Oyster Mushroom and Pistachio Salad

Something great about the supermarkets here in Seoul is that you can often find fresh vegetables relatively inexpensive.  Going to the market, I saw a package of assorted mushrooms that had my favorite king oyster mushrooms, bundled along with shitake and enoki.  There are different textures to these mushrooms: king oyster are quite meaty, shitake … Continue reading

Beef Negimaki with Enoki and Scallion
Appetizer / Beef / Cooking / Japanese

Beef Negimaki with Enoki and Scallion

Beef negimaki (ねぎ巻き) is a Japanese dish consisting of broiled strips of beef marinated in a sweet, flavorful teriyaki sauce and rolled with scallions (negi). The dish is thought to have originated in the Kanto region of Japan, and makes a deliciously fun appetizer for parties.   In this recipe, we’re using scallions and enoki mushrooms for the stuffing to get a … Continue reading

Shanyao Soup
Chinese / Cooking

Shanyao Soup

Cantonese people’s passion for soup is deeply rooted in their culture and history.  There are soups that boast the ability to nourish the body, strengthen physical health, and prevent diseases.  Depending on the season and one’s physique, one would adjust the type of soup made. I have also always been a big proponent of Cantonese soups … Continue reading

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
Appetizer / Cooking / Italian / Vegetables

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

When it comes to making Caprese Insalata, the salad is only based on a limited number of ingredients, so it’s all about selecting the freshest ones you could find- moist mozzarella cheese, meaty and juicy tomatoes, and fragrant basil.  The simplicity of the salad is its beauty, as it perfectly combines textures, flavors, and freshness … Continue reading