Som Khai Pla (Preserved Fish Roe)

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Do you feel like you appreciate your local food better when you are older? Lately, I have been loving the food I grew up eating more. I see my cooking slowly change to be more humble and real, so I take this as a mission to share this kind of food more and more on my blog.

But first, I should tell you that this recipe is going to be slightly graphic. For some people, dealing with fresh ingredients like this can be difficult. To be honest, fresh water fish roe looks quite yucky, but if you know how

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How to make Pla Ra (Padaek)

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Although Pla Ra or Padaek is the most essential part of my food, I have never attempted to make it at home until now. Pla Ra is fermented fish used in Thai Northeastern Cuisine. It is used as seasoning sauce. Pla Ra has a very strong scent that is not easy to get used to at first. But in order to truly enjoy the rustic dishes of Isaan food, this pungent sauce cannot be omitted from the cooking.

Unlike the regular fish sauce that is usually made with anchovies or other sea fish, Pla Ra is made with fresh

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Sago with Corn in Coconut Cream

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The other day, I talked to my friend about how I wanted to cut down dairy products in my diet. I looked back at my childhood and I noticed I rarely felt unhealthy when I was a kid. I was an energy powerball. I was active and strong. Diet was almost like a taboo topic. If I talked about eating less, my mom and dad would probably think that I was possessed. So how could a girl who used to eat everything she wanted turns out to be a woman who has to consciously think about her food. Diet has

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Banana and Honey Granola

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Oh I haven’t forgotten about my healthy phase which is a good thing. I am trying my best to lose some weight as well as to keep my body strong and happy. I still go out and eat junk food, but much less often as I used to. I want to live in the moment and be conscious about what I’m doing to my body at the same time.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so it’s unfortunate that many times, I find myself too busy for eat it. After waking my body up with a

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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownie

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Do you like brownies? I do, but I won’t go as far to buy a brownie from a bakery. I am unfortunate because I never find a place that sells good brownies that aren’t dry. Also it’s my weird eating habit that I only love to eat all bake goods while they’re still hot. So it’s always the best to bake at home.

And as you can see, I’m crazy about sprinkles at the moment. These rainbows of tiny sugar balls just make everything look super cute. My Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownie is so easy to whip up,

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Chinese Sausage Fried Rice

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Have you ever tried Chinese Sausage? It’s extremely fat and smoky. I used to think it’s awkwardly sweet that it didn’t belong in savory dishes. Chinese sausage can be very overpowering. That’s why only a little of it can be made to something wonderful.

I like Chinese Sausage now. It’s weird because I have never enjoyed it when I was a kid. Now I think the sharp sweet of the sausage is very satisfying. When the sausage is fried, the outside turns brown and crispy while the chunks of fat inside starts melting, making it juicy. I usually eat

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Lamb Pho

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I have to admit that I’m feeling like a kid these days. My mom is pampering me with delicious food, plus she helps me with a load of my daily work. She makes me super lazy. Whenever I seem to be stuck with something, I call out to my mom like a little kid. I have to say that I feel like this is a compensation of what I have missed all these years. I’m so spoiled.

Yesterday, my mom cooked some Pho for me and my friend. Oh my God, it’s the best Pho in the whole wide world!

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Melt Banana and Jam Sandwich

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Banana is my favorite fruit ever! I love the soft texture of it that reminds me of baby food. I know it’s weird, but I always think baby food is so yummy. Previously, when I think of breakfast, I always go with eggs. There’re tons of ways you can have eggs for breakfast. But lately, I enjoy banana in the morning the best. I find that bananas don’t just give me a big boost of energy in the morning, but it makes me feel so clean and healthy as well. Banana Smoothie is one of the yummiest breakfast drinks. I

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Sunday Afternoon at Khadakwasla

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Last Sunday, the sky was clear and bright. We thought that it was a perfect day to spend a lazy afternoon driving along the lake. I wrote about Khadakwasla Lake many years ago in the old post. Now things have changed a lot there. It is so crowded. But even then, this place is still one of the most popular weekend hangout spots for people in Pune.

I love the silver sky and calm waves at the dam.

If you stop here, you must try Onion Fritter. It’s hot and delicious.

You can also get a lot

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Coconut Muffins

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I’ve been super busy for the past few days. But now it’s a beautiful Sunday morning here, and I finally get to relax. The weather is still cold and gloomy. I kind of like it though. We plan to go out for a long drive by the lake in the afternoon. A day like this deserves something sweet and special. I think the beautiful coconut muffins will be perfect.

 

These muffins are soft, airy and slightly crisp and chewy on the outside. The fragrance of coconut is just lovely. I feel like this has a lot of Asian

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