Monthly Archives: October 2014

Urad dal and dal makhani

Dal can refer to the types of pulses from all over South Asia, and it can also refer to a soup made from those beans and lentils.  Soups with lentils or beans are economical and protein-rich, are popular all over … Continue reading

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Fresh mangosteens and rambutans

For those out there who have been to Southeast Asia, fruit is something you likely miss dearly if you are now elsewhere.  For me, Guangzhou was an perfect introduction to many fruits, at a time when food in China was … Continue reading

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Making a better espresso with a home machine

You may be like me, where you’ve gotten a start of the line home espresso machine, and you can’t seem to use it to make an espresso (at all) similar to what you might get at a reputable shop. Well, … Continue reading

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More Indonesian delights from Cafe Pendawa Lima

Cafe Pendawa Lima is not super convenient for me to visit, but the sheer variety always includes new, interesting, and delicious finds.  And the prices are right.  If I spend an additional 45 minutes to go out of my way … Continue reading

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Uyghur style rice pilaf with beef and yellow carrots

Happy Eid!  Over the weekend friends will be feasting around the world, and in Xinjiang no doubt people will be eating the dish I’ll describe below.  Half a world away in Philadelphia, the weather is changing from hot to quite … Continue reading

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Northern Lao ingredients and cooking blog

Last night I came across a very interesting blog and cookbook.  I hope the cookbook will be as good as the blog is, we will have to see.  The blog/site is called Food from Northern Laos: The Boat Landing Cookbook, … Continue reading

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