This was originally going to be my New Years post, but I was a little slow to start my new year resolutions. Now that Chinese New Year has come around I can redeem myself. Instead of aiming for a beach bod for my resolution (which I could totally get whenever I want) I decided to aim for a delicious goal: Cook ramen at least 2 times a month. As mentioned before, I am a little behind on my posts as its already February, but I have already made over 5 types of ramen and eaten more bowls than I should have.
So if you are crazy enough to create an Izakaya menu, when does buying ingredients for your 10+ dishes and spending a whole day cooking become practical? Well you need more than one person to help you eat and enjoy all of the food, and it helps if they help you pay for your ingredients. That sounds like a restaurant doesn't it? It was decided. I would come up with a set menu, set a price, and send invitations to friends to my pop-up kitchen.
Making fried chicken is a daunting task. Frying anything is actually pretty scary if you have never done it before. But let me tell you, Chicken Karaage will be one of the easiest and delicious bang for your buck thing you can fry. What is Chicken Karaage you ask? It is simply delicious.
Fried Chicken Dinner, Breakfast, and Lunch too. I have been craving fried chicken day in and day out ever since I saw the mouth watering sandwiches that David Chang has been cooking up at his latest restaurant Fuku. Fried Chicken is starting to trend all over America, even Shake Shack recently release their own chicken sandwich. Just thinking of juicy tender chicken with flaky and crispy batter, #drools. I had to get in on this craze, so I set out on a journey to make delicious fried chicken.
I have been following Highsnobiety for many years to get updates on street wear, but never have I thought I would be writing an article for them. After eating 5+ food trucks, a little writing and a lot of editing I got published. Check out the article here and tell me what you think!
🎵 I wish I was little bit taller, I wish I was a baller, I wish I had a girl who looked good I would call her 🎵
I have always wanted to be a lot of things. In elementary school, growing up with Snoopy and Calvin and Hobbes, I wanted to be cartoonist. After learning guitar in attempts to impress ladies in high school, I wanted to be a rock star. Before college I wanted to take my passions of art, Legos, and physics and become an Architect. Eight college applications later, I got rejected from the Architecture programs I applied to and had been accepted to 4 Universities that offered me their engineering program. Fast forward 8+ years later (time is flying), I am a licensed Professional Engineer.
I know, I know what you're thinking. What the heck is a mookie. For those of you who have seen my Matcha Mochi Cookie post you can guess that is it my mochi cookie (moo-k-ie). Okay, I don't know if that name will stick but let me know what you guys think.
Matcha is an instant favorite in the food world and for a good reason too. But sometimes us food enthusiasts want something different with a tea flavor. Earl Grey is an up and coming favorite with hojicha and genmaicha trailing closely behind his greener older brother. I decided to tackle an earl grey cookie, earl Grey doesn't get the credit it deserves. I stuck with the mactha mochi cookie proportions but had two different methods for incorporating the tea flavor into the cookie. One is to just substitute ground tea leaves as a 1 to 1 substitute for Matcha powder. Another would be to seep the tea in warm milk, hopefully to get a more pronounced flavor. I set up an experiment and made my matcha mochi cookie as my control.
In 2013, the Ramen Burger crazy swept over America by Keizo Shimamoto and it was one of those "Why didn't I think of that..." creations. Immediately there were hundreds of recipes for the Ramen Burger and none of them felt right in my mind. I was able to try the Official Ramen Burger at a San Francisco Tofu Festival last year, and I have to admit, it was pretty damn good. I have never attempted making a Ramen Burger as I was always more interested in making the conventional soup and noodle ramen, but seeing bloggers and imitators making mediocre Ramen Burgers, I decided to see how I could fare.
As someone who used to always cook following a written recipe, developing a dish on my own seemed impossible. I wasn't too successful until recently when I stumbled upon Grant Achatz' (Alinea) video on flavor bouncing. It gave me the opportunity to look into the mind of the chef at one of best restaurants in the world, and a foundation to start planning my own dishes.