• chinese cucumber salad

    Smashed Chinese Cucumber Salad

    Did you know that cucumbers are 95% water? Therefore, if you don’t like to drink water, eat cucumbers! This smashed Chinese cucumber salad is easy to make, fresh and delicious as a side dish. Besides it’s garlicky, zingy and packed with bold typical Chinese pantry staples. The list of benefits of cucumbers is endless! For example, they are cheap, available throughout the year, hydrating, cleansing, detoxifying, helps reduce blood pressure and according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s a cooling ingredient. In other words, it reduces “heat” in your body to bring your body back to balance (read optimal health) You may recognize this dish at the Chinese restaurant serve as…

  • asian bonito flake salad with sesame dressing

    Asian Bonito Flake Salad

    Once in a while I need to have my Japanese/Korean grocery shopping fix. Whether in Amsterdam or Jakarta (my two hometowns) In Amsterdam I love to pay a visit to Meidi-Ya and Shilla. As for Jakarta I go to Papaya in Citywalk to still my Japanese snacking cravings. Good thing about these places is that they also serve the best pre cooked meals in cute bento boxes. There’s something magical and delicate in these supermarkets. In fact, it sometimes feel like you are wandering through a local grocery store somewhere in Japan. I love to stroll down the aisle and discover new products and bring them home to experiment with them. Now the…

  • Salads

    Fresh Vietnamese Springrolls (Cuon)

    I love eating with my hands. Rocco share this same passion with me. Why is it the norm today not to eat with your hands anymore? As I think our ancestors didn’t have any cutleries. The feeling of eating with my hands is liberating and I literally become one with my food, no joke. It sounds all weird and all, but try it if you haven’t already. So therefore finger food become one of my favorites. I can’t even remember when I had my first Vietnamese Spring Roll, do you? You have two kinds of them, the fried one and the fresh one made of rice paper sheets. The latter is of course…

  • Salads

    Crispy Kale Chips

    We can’t get enough of this Superfood veggie called Kale. There is already a post about this amazing versatile vegetable, which you can find here. This time we share the crispy kale chips recipe. Who doesn’t love chips or anything very crispy? Rocco is crazy about anything crispy. Anything with a crispy crunch he calls ‘krupuk’, which is a deep fried cracker in Indonesia. I rather see him eating Kale chips then ‘krupuk’ of course. In the beginning he really hesitated to even try the Kale chips, because it’s a veggie in disguise, even he noticed that. So to make it more interesting for him to eat (which means less…