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postheadericon Touchdown Asian Sliders

Asian Sliders

With the College Football National Championship Game airing tonight and since the Super Bowl is around the corner, I thought I’d repost this yummy recipe for Touchdown Asian Sliders featuring King’s Hawaiian Rolls (my fave)!  I love King’s Hawaiian because they’re so versatile, sweet and soft.  I love them so much that I entered a contest to be the King’s Hawaiian Culinary Explorer for the chance to go to Hawaii to develop recipes for them.  Please click here to watch my video and vote for me!  Once you register, you can vote daily until January 19th and please leave a comment!

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postheadericon Sweet and Spicy Thai Cashews

Thai Cashews

Ring in the New Year with these Sweet & Spicy Thai Glazed Cashews from my Thai cookbook, “Everyday Thai Cooking.”    People just go NUTS for these cashews.  I love the sticky sweetness from the honey accented by a kick of cayenne pepper and exotic notes from the curry powder and fish sauce.  They’re so easy you can literally throw them in a bowl and toss with the five simple ingredients, roast in the oven and they’ll be ready in under 15 minutes for your guests to enjoy with a glass of bubbly.   Although they are simply delicious with champagne they are also super yummy with Thai beer.   You can buy curry powder in the gourmet section of Cost Plus World Market. 
Sweet and Spicy Thai Cashews


  • ¼ cup (85 g) honey
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (nam pla)
  • 4 cups dry-roasted cashews


  1. Combine the honey, curry powder, cayenne pepper, oil and fish sauce in a medium bowl. Add the nuts and stir to combine.
  2. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Spread nuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, turning often with a wide spatula, until golden brown. Remove from oven and continue turning as they cool down. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Thai Cashews

postheadericon Chocolate Dipped Holiday Fortune Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies

Add a fun Asian twist to your holiday cookie exchange or shindig this year with these colorful and creative chocolate dipped fortune cookies topped with festive sprinkles and toppings!   I like to pick up my fortune cookies in the gourmet section of World Market because it’s so convenient and they’re super fresh!   I love to gift these unique and yummy cookies packed in winter themed Chinese-style take out containers also available at World Market.   Continue reading “Chocolate Dipped Holiday Fortune Cookies” »

postheadericon Thai Crab Cakes

Thai Crab Cakes

Looking to spice things up for your holiday party this year?  Why not Thai this recipe on for size?  These Thai Crab Cakes are loaded with lump crab meat and delicious Thai flavors including lime juice, fish sauce, ginger, cilantro and thai chilies.   They’re light yet filling and make the perfect finger food.  I like to serve them with a spicy Srircha Mayo and store-bought Thai Sweet Chili Sauce.  Amidst the usual line-up of Swedish meatballs and and hot cheese dips, dazzle your guests with these exotic and impressive Thai small bites.  So delicious, my kids left a plate of cookies and a couple of Thai Crab Cakes out for Santa last year!  Continue reading “Thai Crab Cakes” »

postheadericon Chinese Peanut Noodles with Turkey

Chinese Peanut Noodles with Turkey

I love Turkey ala King and Turkey Soup as much as anyone else, but why not shake things up with your leftover Thanksgiving turkey this year with this Chinese Peanut Noodles with Turkey recipe?  It’s super easy, super fast and super flavorful and my whole family “gobbles” this up.  I don’t know about you, but all I want is something simple and quick after surviving Black Friday sales.  Feel free to use any veggies you may have on hand and add extra chile-garlic sauce or Srircha sauce for an added kick in the pants.
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postheadericon Hello Kitty Spam Musubi

HK Spam 1

I was so thrilled to teach the Hello Kitty Spam Musubi Making Workshop at the Hello Kitty Convention in Los Angeles last week!!  Musubi, a delicious treat made with sushi rice, spam and nori, was invented in Hawaii where it’s sold all over from ABC Stores to grocery stores.  Since it was Halloween and since I’m a  Hello Kitty Super Fan myself, I donned a hot pink wig for this amazing event!


Making musubi shaped like  Hello Kitty is a match made in Hello Kitty heaven.    Sanrio partnered with Spam and offered a Hello Katie Musubi Making  Workshop (led by Moi) that sold out in minutes!


 It’s actually very easy and super fun to make.  It’s a wonderful mother-daughter activity.  Spam sold Musubi making kits at the Hello Kitty Convention which included the mold to make Hello Kitty’s face.  You can find many Hello Kitty shapers on Amazon to make these musubi treats at home.

Hello Kitty 2


Here are some shots from the workshops and of my students’ fabulous Hello Kitty Spam creations.  They were so proud and excited to create this  adorable musubi on their own.  Each student got to bring their creation home in a pink  box.  The Hello Kitty Spam Musubi freezes very well or can be eaten immediately. 

Hello Kitty Spam Musubi


  • 1 12-ouce can low-sodium Spam, cut lengthwise into 8 slices, cooked and seasoned
  • Steamed and seasoned white sushi rice
  • Nori sheets, cut in half
  • Thin slice of carrot
  • yellow bell pepper


  1. Pack sushi rice in the Hello Kitty mold. Remove rice from mold and set aside.
  2. Using a sharp paring knife, cut two small round circles from the nori for Hello Kitty and very thin strips from the nori for Hello Kitty’s whiskers.
  3. Using a sharp paring knife, cut a small flower shape from the thin slice of carrot
  4. Using a sharp paring knife, cut a small round dot from the yellow bell pepper
  5. Place the nori eyes and whiskers on the Hello Kitty rice mold face. Add the carrot flower on the right side near ear. Place the yellow bell pepper as her nose.
  6. Place 2-3 tablespoons of sushi rice in a musubi press. Place a slice of Spam on top of the rice. Remove rice and Spam block from the musubi mold or can. Cut a 1-inch strip of nori and wrap it around the block or rice and Spam. Seal the nori on the bottom with a bit of water.
  7. Form two small balls out of sushi rice for Hello Kitty’s paws. Press Hello Kitty’s face gently against a short end of the rice spam block. Use a toothpick if you wish to secure Hello Kitty’s head to the body. Gently press the rice balls to the bottom of her face to resemble paws.


postheadericon Spooky Halloween Fortune Cookies

Spooky Halloween Fortune CookiesBoo!  Bring some good fortune and an unexpected twist to your Halloween bash with these Spooky Fortune Cookies!  They couldn’t be easier to make (I used store-bought fortune cookies dipped in Candy Melts (you can get at Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics).  Then decorated them with  Halloween cupcake toppers  and sprinkles I also got from Michael’s).  Before dipping in Candy Melts, you can also make personalized fortunes by microwaving fortune cookies for about 15 seconds.  Work quickly while they’re still pliable and open them up to stuff your own fortunes inside.  You can use dark chocolate chips as a substitute for black Candy Melts.  You can also try dyeing white chocolate chips with red and yellow food dye for orange Candy Melts.

Spooky Halloween Fortune Cookies


  • 24 fortune cookies
  • 2 cups orange candy coating, such as Candy Melts
  • 2 cups black candy coating, such as Candy Melts
  • Various Halloween themed cupcake sprinkles and decorations


  1. Place orange candy coating and black candy coating in separate ceramic bowls. Heat orange candy coating at 30 second intervals in the microwave, stirring between each interval until melted and smooth. Set aside. Repeat steps with black candy coating. You may use a double boiler alternatively to melt candy coating.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Place toppings in individual small bowls. Dip each cookie in either orange candy coating or white candy coating. Decorate with toppings as you desire. Place on cookie sheet. Once cookie sheet is full, place in freezer for 5 minutes to set. Store in an airtight container.
Spooky Halloween Fortune Cookies

postheadericon Hot & Sour Soup

Hot & Sour SoupAs much I love pumpkin, I need an occasional break from the pumpkin options everywhere right now  from  pumpkin lattes at Starbucks to the pumpkin pancake mix from Trader Joe’s I just made for my kids over the weekend.   To me, there’s nothing quite like a bowl of steaming Hot & Sour Soup when autumn hits.  This Szechuan classic has just right amount of piquant heat from the chili sauce to balance the sour notes from the vinegar.  A lot of my friends didn’t realize how easy it is to make this Chinese restaurant fave and were delighted to find out it only takes a few minutes.  I use pork in this recipe for its rich flavor but you can substitute with chicken or just go with tofu if you’d like.  Not only is this soup packed with bold flavors, it aids in digestion too! Continue reading “Hot & Sour Soup” »

postheadericon Grilled Vietnamese Pork

Vietnamese Grilled Pork

Glazed in a sweet and sticky marinade made of shallots, honey, brown sugar, fish sauce, lemongrass, soy sauce, cilantro and white pepper,  this grilled Vietnamese pork recipe always wins rave reviews at my house.   I grill the pieces of pork shoulder on my non-stick stove top grill pan so it’s easy peasy and clean up is a snap.  This dish is loaded with sweet, sour, salty flavors but low in fat.   The succulent and savory pork is served over a cool, crunchy and bright noodle salad that’s refreshing and addicting.   It’s a time saver because you can make the noodles in advance and simply grill the pork when you’re ready to eat.    I love serving this with sparkling wine or champagne because they compliment Southeast Asian flavors so well.  Feel free to substitute pork shoulder with boneless chicken thigh.   Substitute the soy sauce with tamari and you’ve got a gluten-free feast. 

Grilled Vietnamese Pork


  • 3 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 3 stalks lemongrass (tender bulb only), finely chopped
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 Pound Pork Shoulder, sliced into 2-3 inch strips
  • Cilantro leaves for garnish
  • Crushed roasted peanuts for garnish
  • Lime slices
  • Rice Noodle Salad:
  • Dressing:
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Asian chili-garlic sauce, preferably Sambal Oelek
  • 2 tablespoons minced lemongrass
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce (nam pla)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • Salad:
  • 6 oz dried rice vermicelli noodles
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced cucumber, peeled and seeded


  1. In a large bowl, combine honey, fish sauce, soy sauce, and sugar until well blended. Add the rest of the marinade ingredients to combine. Add pork and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes or up to overnight.
  2. While pork is marinating, make the salad dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic, chili-garlic sauce, lemongrass, fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, canola oil and sesame oil until well blended. Set dressing aside.
  3. Now, make the salad: Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cool water. Toss with 1 teaspoon sesame oil Add the cilantro, red pepper and reserve dressing and toss to combine.
  4. Heat your grill pan to medium-high and lightly cover with cooking spray (or prepare outdoor grill). Grill meat for approximately 1-2 minutes on each side until browned.
  5. Divide noodle salad equally among four plates. Divide grilled pork pieces on top of noodles. Garnish with crushed peanuts and cilantro leaves. Serve with lime slices.

Vietnamese Grilled Pork

postheadericon Crab Puffs

Crab Puffs

My friend Scott calls these “little pillows of cream cheese crab heaven.”  For a skinny guy, he can wolf down about a dozen of these before he even finishes his glass of Cabernet.  No one is quite sure of the origin of this Polynesian favorite, also known as Crab Rangoon (what is a Rangoon, anyway?) but everyone can agree on how incredibly addicting this appetizer is with hot cream cheese melding together with luscious bits of crab meat.  You can substitute crab meat with imitation sea legs or skip the crab altogether for your vegetarian friends.  Tiki torches not required.

Crab Puffs


  • 1 package (6 ounces) crabmeat, drained, picked over for shells and chopped
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 40 wonton skins
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Vegetable oil
  • Store-bought Sweet and Sour sauce


  1. Mix chopped crabmeat, cream cheese, salt and garlic powder.
  2. Brush wonton skin with egg.
  3. (1) Place heaping teaspoonful crabmeat mixture in center of wonton skin. (Cover remaining skins with dampened towel to keep them pliable.) (2) Top with another wonton skin; press edges to seal. Brush dab of egg on center of each edge, pressing to seal. Repeat with remaining wonton skins. (Cover crab puffs with dampened towel or plastic wrap to keep them from drying out.)
  4. Heat vegetable oil (1 1/2 inches) in wok to 350 degrees. Fry 4 or 5 crab puffs at a time until golden brown, turning 2 or 3 times, about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towel. Serve with sweet and sour sauce.

Crab Puffs

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