I miss cooking. I don’t know if I remember how! ;_;

Continuing my Japan food posts! (Sorry been busy.)

After the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum visit, we went to a restaurant in nearby in Ikeda. I don’t know the name of the restaurant. It has all sorts of food as you can see in the above photos. Mine was the chicken and mushroom pizza. My friend, Laura, got Korean bulgogi. And another friend got an American style steak. Everything was delicious.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the second batch I tested. I forgot to take photos of the first batch last week. For that one, I used softened butter which resulted in kinda fluffy cake-like cookies. Last night (the ones in the photos), I used melted butter. This batch is chewier and has crisp edge and lightly crisped bottom, just the way I like my chocolate chip cookies. I also baked at different temperature, increased time, and placed the cookie sheet at the bottom rack. I guess it also depends on your oven. I’m working for perfection. More experimenting to be done!

Scallion and Grape Tomato Pancake
I used this Korean vegetable flour mix by Sempio. I like it so far. It already has seasoning in it like garlic powder. The pancake is fluffy and a bit chewy.

Scallion and Grape Tomato Pancake

I used this Korean vegetable flour mix by Sempio. I like it so far. It already has seasoning in it like garlic powder. The pancake is fluffy and a bit chewy.

Bok SadaikAsian long bean salad
I brought my mom the same salad last night. She decided to make her own today. Lol. The long beans and cucumber are from her garden. The chili peppers and the grape tomatoes are from her friend’s garden. We had it with oven roasted chicken thighs and basil fish sauce. Mmm. Wish we had some sticky rice. Oh, I am addicted to those mini chili peppers! Lots of heat but I like ‘em.

Bok Sadaik
Asian long bean salad

I brought my mom the same salad last night. She decided to make her own today. Lol. The long beans and cucumber are from her garden. The chili peppers and the grape tomatoes are from her friend’s garden. We had it with oven roasted chicken thighs and basil fish sauce. Mmm. Wish we had some sticky rice. Oh, I am addicted to those mini chili peppers! Lots of heat but I like ‘em.

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Banh Khot

They’re like mini banh xeo. They’re usually made with shrimps. I sauteed some ground chicken, mung beans, jalapenos, garlic, onions, and scallions for the topping. These little cakes are eaten in a lettuce wrap with herbs and cucumber.

YOU NEED TO WRITE A COOKBOOK! your food is the besst. ;)

Lol that could never work out because I don’t measure. XD

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Banh Khot

They’re like mini banh xeo. They’re usually made with shrimps. I sauteed some ground chicken, mung beans, jalapenos, garlic, onions, and scallions for the topping. These little cakes are eaten in a lettuce wrap with herbs and cucumber.

Almond Madeleines & Caramel Strawberry Tea
I finally put my madeleine pan to use. The madeleines turned out good but still need work. I tried madeleines some years ago. They were half dipped in strawberry white chocolate. So good!

Almond Madeleines & Caramel Strawberry Tea

I finally put my madeleine pan to use. The madeleines turned out good but still need work. I tried madeleines some years ago. They were half dipped in strawberry white chocolate. So good!

wanderfulleena said: Hi! I've sent you a message before about cooking. You're an AWESOME cook 😱 anywaaaays.. When you cook do you mostly google recipes? Has a recipe ever failed and then you make it over to get it perfect? (when it comes to dishes that you didn't learn from your family) just curious since I'm a beginner and I'm bored of making sausage, pasta, lasagna, and chicken aaaaalll the time! Thanks :)

Hello again! :) Whenever I want to try something new, I always google recipes. I mean a lot of recipes to see the similarities and the differences of ONE dish. Sometimes I take tips from a few of those recipes and combine them to see how they will work for me. Admittedly, they don’t always work out but experimenting is fun and a great learning process. Practice makes perfect. ;) Even when I finally become satisfied with a recipe, I try to do something new with it so it won’t be the same boring ‘ol food like stir fry (you can create a variety of food combinations/ sauces). There’s so much you can do with all recipes. It’s really up to the cook/ diner (yourself) and what you like. You should definitely venture out and try something new and challenging. Try a Khmer dish. (You’re Khmer, right? lol). You can even do food fusion with the pasta noodles by making Asian stir fry noodles. You can make lasagna with bread instead of lasagna noodles. Chicken and sausage can be used in anything - ground them up to make meatballs (yes together)! <—These are just simple ideas to get you started. Ideas are limitless in cooking. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be cooking up a storm (even without recipes)! I’m no expert when it comes to cooking; I just love food and cooking is fun. I’m still learning. If you need any help/ ideas, just send me a message :)

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The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

The museum is located in Ikeda (Osaka). If you don’t know already, Momofuku Ando is the mastermind behind instant ramen noodles. If you have a chance, you have to go there. It’s a really fun experience. I regret not really participating. I was too busy taking photos. Lol. My ramen-making buddy, Laura did all the hard work as shown in the second collage (larger resolution) above. The ramen starts with making the dough, kneading, and rolling before resting. Next, the dough is rolled into noodles, weighed, boiled, and then fried before packaging. We even got to design our own ramen package! :D I still haven’t opened it.