postheadericon Mango Prawn Salad with Rice Noodles

Me, Jeannie and Jen

TV personality and my gluten-free gal pal Jeannie Mai popped over the other day and we decided to have some fun in the kitchen.   Her friend Jen just found out that she needs to be on a gluten-free diet as well so we whipped up this fresh and light salad gluten-free salad bursting with juicy mango and succulent shrimp.  It’s tossed in a sweet, salty, sour and spicy dressing and topped with peanuts.   The final touch to this salad is adding flash fried rice noodles which add an amazing gluten-free crunch to this recipe.  I like to buy premium Asian chili-garlic sauce (sambal oelek) from the gourmet section at Cost Plus World Market.

Click now to watch the sweet, hot and spicy video I made with Jeannie Mai!! Continue reading “Mango Prawn Salad with Rice Noodles” »

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Firecracker Shrimp

Gung Hay Fat Choy!!!   Chinese New Year is on February 19th!  Welcome to the Year of the Sheep.  I wanted to re-post this delicious Firecracker Shrimp recipe that I love to serve on Chinese New Year because firecrackers light up the sky on Chinese New Year and signify good luck on the coming year.  These are easy to make and are sure to light up your Chinese New Year celebration.    They’re served with a popping Srircha Mayo which is completely addicting.  You can make your own but I like to save time by buying premium srircha mayo in the gourmet section at World Market.

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postheadericon Green Beans and Crispy Tofu with Garlic Sauce

Green Beans with Tofu

This recipe is a hands down fave from my award-winning cookbook, “Everyday Thai Cooking.”    It’s a sublimely spicy dish that has an awesome texture from the tofu which has been tossed in a flour cornstarch mixture and then flash fried.  This gives it a crispy crunch which pairs sublimely with tender green beans in a spicy-garlicky sauce.  The hint of sweetness from the brown sugar marries so well with the heat from the Asian-garlic sauce and then there’s the Thai basil, oh, I could go on and on.   I can’t tell you how many friends emailed me after they made this to say it was one of the best tofu dishes they had ever eaten!   Try this on for meatless Mondays.  I like to buy premium oyster sauce in the gourmet section of World Market.  If you’re making this for kids, omit the chili-garlic sauce or just use a scant amount.  Continue reading “Green Beans and Crispy Tofu with Garlic Sauce” »

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Wondering what to serve for your Grammy party?  Make your guests sing with this  easy and delicious recipe for Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles.   This is a great recipe for entertaining because you can make it in advance and stick the noodles in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.  Plus, they’re vegetarian so you can have something for everyone.  You can serve them chilled or at room temperature.  I like to serve them in individual sized Asian style takeout containers so guests can enjoy them at their own pace or in FourFiveSeconds while jamming to Rihanna and Paul McCartney’s debut performance.   Use any veggies you like for this dish and I bet most of the other ingredients are in  your pantry.  I like to get my red curry paste in the gourmet section of Cost Plus World Market.   Add more Srircha sauce if you like more heat! Continue reading “Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles” »

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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” »

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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.


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