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Peruvian Ceviche

peruvian ceviche with panca chilli

This is one of those dinner party snacks that people will go crazy for when done right. You need really fresh fish to make it work, and let the ingredients do the talking. It’s a lot of staple ingredients and pretty fast to make. Ceviche is usually done with sea bass, but other white fleshed fish such as grouper, sole and flounder will work very well too. Just ask your trusted fishmonger for the freshest saltwater fish they have – it should smell like the sea, and not fishy / old. The true peruvian secret is of course in the … keep reading

Recipe: Tortilla Chip Dip

Tortilla Chips Dip

In the year Japan was struck with Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake, I was living in Tokyo. I used to go to Ueno Park often for a stroll and whenever I got hungry, I went into Hard Rock Cafe located in Ueno station. I always ordered the same dish, Nachos. The combination of crispy corn tortilla with slightly hot tomato salsa and melted cheese on top was a treat for me. It was one of the dish I had missed from the United States. Whenever my father bought tortilla chips and tomato salsa, they were gone in few days because I couldn’t stop eating it! So … keep reading

Recipe: Homemade Mayonnaise

Homemade Mayonnaise

In some dishes I use mayonnaise instead of cooking oil to fry meat. Yet, each commercially available mayonnaise in the market tastes slightly different from each other. Having tried Regency’s fisherman’s seafood spices, I’ve decided to add it to homemade mayonnaise for a hint of lemony herbs. If you want spicy mayonnaise then you can replace the herbs with cayenne pepper (Adjust the amount to your liking). If you don’t want garlic flavor, you can omit it 😉 Tips: (1) To avoid the mixture separate into liquid and oil, keep whisking vigorously at steps 3 and 4. The mixture tends to separate in … keep reading

Recipe: Guacamole

Guacamole

Whenever I go to a supermarket for grocery shopping in Hong Kong, I always see some people buying avocado. What I find it very interesting is the Chinese characters used for avocado, 鳄梨. It literally means “crocodile pear.” It seems they were named that way because the surface of avocado skin resembles that of crocodile’s 😀 It’s always interesting to learn something new. Anyway, I have always been a big fan of this crocodile pear, and I always make guacamole when I make tacos. The addition of lime juice and a bit of hot chili makes avocado dip tastes so good. … keep reading

Recipe: Herby Pizza Crust

Herby Pizza Crust

This easy-to-make pizza crust is ideal for busy Hong Kong people or anyone who want to minimize the cooking time but still want to enjoy a nice hot home-made pizza with toppings you fancy. If you already have tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, then you can make margherita pizza at home in 30 minutes. You can also make pesto pizza by using basil pesto instead of tomato sauce and top with cottage cheese or any cheese you like. (In my next article, I will share with you how to make tomato pizza sauce at home) Tips: This recipe skips the dough-rising … keep reading

Recipe: Vinaigrette for Tomatoes

Picture of fresh tomatoes

When I was still small attending a Buddhist kindergarten in Japan, I lived with a family of nine including a cat and a dog. One day, I followed my great grandmother going to a vegetable field which was just outside of our house. It was still early in the morning and the field was still glistering with morning dew. My great grandmother reached out for a large tomato and gently plucked it off. Then she made a big bite into it. Looking at my direction, she gave me a smile and offered it for me to try. When I made a bite, … keep reading

Fish Tacos Recipe

fish tacos regency spices

Summer is already upon us, and the best way to enjoy is by eating yum food outside. Here’s our take on popular recipe that’s been doing the blog circuit lately: Fish Tacos. The recipe is in two parts: preparing the fish, and assembling the taco. While the ingredients list looks daunting, it’s really simple taken step by step. And at the end of the day you’re rewarded with creamy deep fried comfort food that at least looks mildly healthy and tastes the bomb! Recipe: Fish Tacos Servings: 4 Ingredients For the batter 1 cup all purpose flour 2 tablespoons corn … keep reading

Recipe: Spiced Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding

spiced chia seed pudding

As basically everyone knows by now, Chia Seeds are The IT food of the decade. Chia seeds are loaded with a massive amount of nutrients condensed into a tiny amount of calories, loaded with antioxidants, high protein and also believed to help with weight loss… in addition to about a hundred other benefits. That said, they’re not very easy to cook with and the jelly-like texture is often unappetising to many. Here’s a really easy way to incorporate Chia Seeds into your daily breakfast ritual. Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding Serves: 2-3 Ingredients – 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, or coconut … keep reading

Recipe: Peri Peri Masala Chips!

Peri Peri Masala chips

This mouthwatering recipe is our latest creation and what we think is one of the best recipes combining the warmth of Indian spices and the aromatics of european herbs. All in yummy snack form of french fries. Who’s gonna say no to that? There’s cayenne, paprika, for spice which is balanced with lovely sweetness from cardamom, sugar and sour from pink himalayan salt. Then adding in the herbs and staple garlic / ginger to get our delicious gobsmacking Peri Peri flavour. The chips can be made wet or crispy, it’s up to you. Our recipe below is for a crispy … keep reading

Recipe: Vegetable Gold Coins

vegetable_gold_coins_indian_recipe

This one’s our family’s own invention: vegetable gold coins. Think of them like an upgraded burger patty: overflowing with fresh ingredients and spices, but all kept together. When made well this one really tastes like a party in your mouth. Savoury, deep fried, and lots of fresh food: who can say no to that? Recipe: Vegetable Gold Coins Servings: 16 Gold Coins. Ingredients: 4 slices of crustless white bread 2 large potatoes, boiled with skin on 10 french beans finely chopped 1 carrot grated 1 cup of green peas boiled 1 tablespoon grated ginger a small bunch coriander leaves finely … keep reading