Runny Cashew Chicken over Rice

Just a casual lunch among studying for PhD comprehensive exam. This fresh, made-to-portion, warm cashew chicken running down my rice really boosted my mood.

Garlic, green onions, soy sauce, oyster sauce, chicken, vinegar, brown sugar, Sichuan peppercorn, dried chili, sesame oil, sesame seed, salt, black pepper.

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Scrap Chicken Soup

Turning leftovers into edible foods is always rewarding, moreover if they are delicious, like this dish.

Leftover onion, garlic, and shallot skin; stalks; roots; chicken carcass; carrots; corn; puff pastry. Thick and rich chicken-vegetable broth, enjoyed facing the woods.

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My First Caviar and Surprising Best Way to Enjoy It

I don’t do my grocery this week to buy Russ & Daughter’s Paddlefish caviar. It is my first caviar and I did researches to find the best way to enjoy it. I tried it plain – salty, funky, gelly, tangy, savory, rich – I like it. I tried it David Chang’s way to, using a fried chicken – I don’t like it because both are rich though in different layers. Finally, I tried it with a bowl of white rice and fried shallots…. Don’t hate me. How could I come to this combination? I don’t know, it just came across my mind. BUT IT’S PERFECT. It’s like yin and yang. The salty and sharp caviar presents itself on top of the humble white rice. The combination of texture is also amazing: the gelly caviar slides around in your mouth while the white rice becomes a smooth base on your tongue – sometimes you get some little pops. The fried shallots (use it only a litle bit, like a piece per spoon) add a crispy texture with a light accent of its flavor, making layers of crispy-smooth-gelly texture with each’s flavors.

Rice Chicken Porridge / “Bubur Ayam” (< $1) – Food Experience, Indonesia

One of the most famous breakfast for Indonesians, what people would eat in their pijamas at the nearest hawkers to their houses. The main component is rice porridge, which you can taste the sweetness of rice sugars thanks to the break down (heat & hydrolysis) of the carbohydrates. It is combined sith the saltiness of soy sauce, savoriness of shredded lean chicken meat, a kick from chopped tangy celery, and sharp white pepper powder.

$1.5 Chicken Pot Pie (Thanks to UMass Dining)

It was my first day working in the UMass Hampshire Dining’s kitchen, when knowing that making chicken pot pie for the students that night took 5 hours. The two batches of the (I thought it was) soup came in aluminum bath tube filled in cut veggies, chicken broth, flour, and seasoning on olive oil before getting baked along with the bread sheets.

The whole process used up my limbs since I wasn’t adapted yet, and in my dinner afterwards there, it turned out to be the best (and my first) chicken pot pie. Absolutely delicious. But, guess what.. It was only one teeny-tiny dish out of 50s of other menu there. 5 hours. Cheers.

I remembered what Chef put there, and tried to simplify using cheapest ingredients from Big Y, adding extra veggies and turkey breast to increase the nutrition. When I came out of the oven beautifully, I couldn’t help my self to jump up and down about 4 times without anyone noticing it.

Ingredients: Canned chicken noodle soup. Frozen pea-corn-carrot. Turkey breast. Instant pie dough.

Cost: $1.5 / serving (about 1 slice)

Mom-summoning Hainanese Chicken Rice

The chicken breasts in my fridge was 1 week old, and this is what I did to save them. Again, mom sent me the recipe through WhatsApp and I combined it with high-rated ones in Google.

It was also my first time to make it, didn’t know that it is so artistic to grill the rice with the spices before boiling it.

Rice – soup – chicken, rice – soup – chicken. I tried to contain that mom-summoning taste from those three components. Would definitely make this again, with whole chicken.

Chicken. Garlic. Ginger. Buillon. Leeks. Soy sauce. Sesame oil. Rice.

Indoor Barbecue (not bad actually) & Some Indonesian Foods

A very good friend invited me to cook them dinner, and I decided to make Indonesian foods that they cannot get it anywhere else here in Amherst

  Combined recipes from websites and family

  Thanks to the rain for the first indoor barbecue experience

  It just needs some extra stuffs to make house’s coughs away
  “Sate ayam” aka chicken skewer

“Sate ayam” aka chicken skewer

“Tumis buncis” aka Sauted green beans

 “Nasi goreng kampung” aka villagers-style fried rice


Chicken skewer

  • Chicken meat
  • Skewers
  • Peanut butter
  • Garlic
  • Red onion
  • Sweet soy sauce (“kecap”)
  • Salt

Green beans

  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Minced beef
  • Tomato
  • Portobello mushroom
  • Salt

Fried rice

  • Margarine
  • Red onion
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Chili
  • Rice
  • Sweet soy sauce
  • Oyster sauce