Happy Rat Year

A few years ago there was an elaborately fruitless deliberation between Koreans and Taiwanese people about who started the whole Lunar New Year thing. The whole debacle subsided as soon as the subject of their contention dawned, and the bickering gave way to two weeks of delirious feasting, after which everyone sort of just waddled… Continue reading Happy Rat Year

Resistant Little Heart

"If you're cooking for a woman, make a good risotto and a salad. If you don't have time to make dessert, you can go and buy some macaroons to have later." -Wolfgang Puck The man's right. On so many levels that probably never crossed his mind when he said those words. One. Women I know love… Continue reading Resistant Little Heart

Foodie’s Gold

For me, a good recipe should always hit the spot on taste, that is, flavour and texture. A recipe that I'll make over and over again, however, must also be wittily simple, nourishing, and dirt cheap. I mean, sure, a delicate entremet is surely delicious, but let's be honest here, ain't nobody got time to chill… Continue reading Foodie’s Gold

Caught

Like everyone, I use filters. Oh how we adore them. We filter our lives through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It's fantastic - it's like Sephora, except not just for the female visage - it's for everyone's cyber avatar (which could arguably be a disturbingly independent, distinct identity from its owner). But filtering is more than selectively publishing life… Continue reading Caught

So Cali

I'm no lobster girl. Should I offend, I apologize. I find prawns to have sweeter flavour, it's almost as if all the umami of a lobster were condensed into the size of a shrimp. They're less vicious, because if one's going to splurge on seafood, might as well get it live, right? Choosing prawns over… Continue reading So Cali

Shiozake Fried Rice

British Columbia's coastline - where I live - is abundantly blessed by a multitude of seafood species that, anywhere else on planet Earth, would cost a fortune. Though I am no fisherman, I thank God for putting candy-cane-legged spot prawns, cream-fleshed oysters, and defensive dungenesses on my table. I quite friendly towards cows, boars, and… Continue reading Shiozake Fried Rice