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Coconut, Vinegar, and a Whole Lotta Pork: An Introduction to Filipino Cuisine

Drew Lazor 36 comments

In restaurant circles, the dreaded F-word—fusion—is usually reserved to describe some sort of disparate multi-culti combination, like sauce soubise on top of tamales. But in the case of Filipino food, there's no stronger term to capture the essence of Asia's most unique, idiosyncratic, and underrated culinary tradition. More

Laksa Lemak (Katong Style) From 'The World's Best Spicy Food'

Cook the Book Kate Williams Post a comment

In Lonely Planet's The World's Best Spicy Food, writer Tienlon Ho describes laksa lemak as "a reassuring hug followed by a pinch in the cheek; it's creamy and smooth with a lingering spice kick." More

Laksa Lemak (Katong Style) From 'The World's Best Spicy Food'

Serious Eats Kate Williams 1 comment

In Lonely Planet's The World's Best Spicy Food, writer Tienlon Ho describes laksa lemak as "a reassuring hug followed by a pinch in the cheek; it's creamy and smooth with a lingering spice kick." More

Curried Coconut Noodles With Shrimp

Serious Eats Yasmin Fahr 5 comments

Quick and easy one-pot rice noodles with a fragrant curry sauce, tender poached shrimp, and bok choy. More

Chicken Dinners: Spicy Sambal Chicken and Shrimp

Yvonne Ruperti Post a comment

Chicken and shrimp are loaded with flavor from a searing Southeast Asian chili sambal. More

Chicken Dinners: Prawn Paste Chicken

Yvonne Ruperti 6 comments

Try a taste of Chinese Zi Char cooking at home. Shrimp paste marinated chicken is twice-fried for crunchy golden goodness. More

Singapore Stories: Finger Lickin' Good Singaporean-style Barbecue Wings

Singapore Stories Yvonne Ruperti 6 comments

Barbecue chicken wings are a street food favorite in Singapore, and Singaporean hawkers do it right. More

Apps Only: Southeast Asian-Inspired Bar Food at Ducks Eatery

New York Ben Fishner Post a comment

The Southeast Asian inflected food at East Village newcomer Ducks Eatery is adventurous and playful without being overwrought. I stopped in last week to see what a meal of their small plates would look like. More

Date Night: Dressed Up Hawker Fare at Singapura

New York Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler 1 comment

Some call what comes out of the kitchen at Singapura "Asian fusion." While the dishes do draw on ingredients and preparations from a wide swatch of the continent, including India, Thailand, Malaysia, and the provinces of China home to the Hakka people, they represent, according to the menu, what's made by housewives and hawkers in Singapore. Singapura offers an excellent introduction into this multifaceted cooking culture. More

On The Game Trail With Joe DiStefano: A Tour of Flushing and Elmhurst's Asian Enclaves

New York Chris E. Crowley 21 comments

Joe DiStefano, the voice behind Edible Queens' World's Fare blog, has been putting his outer borugh street cred to use guiding cooks, food celebrities, and tourists through some of Queens' most fascinating neighborhoods. We followed him on a recent tour of some amazing bites in Flushing and nearby Elmhurst. More

Date Night: Chop Shop, a Hidden Gem in Chelsea

New York Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler 1 comment

For years, Chinese in Chelsea has meant Grand Sichuan, with its spicy authenticity and frenzied vibe. A block or so away, Chop Shop offers peace, calm, and fusion. More

Spice Hunting: Palm and Coconut Sugar

Spice Hunting Max Falkowitz 19 comments

Spice Hunting's tour of the world of specialty sugars has already explored earthy turbinado and rummy piloncillo; now it's time to talk about my absolute favorite: palm sugar. More

Wong in the West Village: Asian Fusion That's (Usually) Done Right

New York J. Kenji López-Alt 1 comment

Pan-Asian cuisine can be a gamble at best. The flavors of China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia—all of which make an apperance on Wong's menu, sometimes in a single dish—are so diverse that more often than not, endeavors like this end in confusion rather than triumph. For the most part, Wong avoids the typical pratfalls of overzealous menus, serving food that's incredibly fresh, refined, carefully thought-out for the most part, and reasonably priced even when it's not. More

Durian Smoothie

Serious Eats Chichi Wang Post a comment

It's that time of year again. My annual plug for durian, the oft-maligned, odoriferous fruit beloved in Southeast Asia and beyond. Usually, my advice to durian novices is to select a fruit with the least-pungent smelling odor you can find since different kinds of durian will range from mildly cheesy-smelling to gym-locker-stench-evoking. Durian smoothies are a treat on a hot summer's day. You might even get a few durian converts if you serve the fruit in smoothie form, which offers a milder kick of that distinctive cheesy taste. More

Spice Hunting: Turmeric

Spice Hunting Max Falkowitz 19 comments

Done right, turmeric an ingredient that can change the way you cook ethnic food. The aroma is intense: earthy, pungent, redolent of dried citrus peel and dusty streets soaked in sunlight. The flavor, though subtler, warms the tongue, the missing link between black pepper and chile. After tasting the real deal, one automatically understands why the food of over a billion people is stained with it. More

Spice Hunting: Chewy Drinks with Basil Seed

Spice Hunting Max Falkowitz 22 comments

Sweet beverage drinkers can be divided into two camps: those like bubble tea and those who don't. Fans relish a sweet slurp mixed with mildly flavored chewy orbs; detractors regard the innocent pearls as nuclear caviar that should never cross human lips. If you're in the second camp, maybe we can still be friends, but I've got nothing for you this week. If, on the other hand, you like your beverages on the chewy side, basil seed is just for you. More

Spice Hunting: Pandan

Spice Hunting Max Falkowitz 6 comments

Pandan's fragrance is distinct but hard to identify. It's sweet and bright, like an herby bubble gum, or licorice without the bite. Though used mostly in sweets, it's also found in some savory dishes, wrapping meats before grilling or steaming. More

Pandan Khanom Chan (Layered Rice Sweets)

Serious Eats Max Falkowitz Post a comment

Khanom Chan lie totally outside the Western dessert canon, and can be a refreshing change-up from more typical desserts. To the uninitiated, the texture's a surprise, like the chewy tapioca pearls in bubble tea or elastic balls of mochi. Its... More

A Look Inside Fatty 'Cue, Bringing Southeast Asian Barbecue to Williamsburg

New York Joe DiStefano 5 comments

"There was never a doubt in my mind that I would wind up smoking anything and everything." —Robbie Richter The sign from pitmaster Robbie Richter's KCBS team now graces the wall of Fatty 'Cue. I first met Robbie Richter back... More

Grocery Ninja: Pandan, the Asian Vanilla

Wan Yan Ling 2 comments

The Grocery Ninja leaves no aisle unexplored, no jar unopened, no produce untasted. Creep along with her below, and read all her mission reports here. Photograph from tisay on Flickr Chicken wrapped in pandan leaves and grilled. Photograph from doubtless on Flickr Before I knew vanilla, I knew pandan. Mind-boggling, I realize, but I was well into my teenage years before I set eyes (and greedy hands) on a plump vanilla bean, whereas my family had a pandan plant growing right at our doorstep. In fact, the corridor we shared with our neighbors was lined with pots of it—Southeast Asian cooks use pandan leaves to scent their dishes so frequently that it would be unthinkable to not have any on... More

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