Forever a noodle queen.

YakisobaIf there is one thing I can eat every single day, it would be noodles — specifically, Asian noodles. Whether it is pho, ramen, udon, jap chae, bibimguksu, soba, mee goreng, pad thai, or even instant noodles, it really doesn’t matter to me. I love it all. I seriously think I can live off it forever, not even kidding.

Something that I haven’t had in ages would be yakisoba. And since I had a bunch of leftover frozen vegetables and noodles, this was the perfect option for a quick, weeknight dinner.

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Japanese-inspired spaghetti.

Miso spaghetti with Swiss chard and tofuIt was just a few months ago that I visited Spaghetei on Robson. Spaghetei is a Japanese spaghetti bar specializing in none other than Japanese spaghetti. I had walked right passed it with my boyfriend as we were planning to go to Motomachi Shokudo for some ramen but double-backed when I noticed it was their grand opening. They were offering 30% off and we decided to give it a go.

I had their Meat Miso & Salad and my boyfriend had the Neopolitan and let’s just say that mine was 10x better. And it was so good! The miso lent a definite umami kick to the meaty sauce and the cool cucumber and tomato gave it a nice touch. The sauce was killer and the idea of a miso sauce lingered in the back of my mind…and I decided to give it a go today!

I made a miso spaghetti with Swiss chard and tofu.

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Spinach overload? Make goma-ae.

Spinach goma-aeI recently discovered the Coppersmith Farmer’s Market in Ironwood Plaza in Richmond near Steveston. Despite its name, it is not an actual outdoor farmer’s market that occurs once a week. It’s more on the lines of a grocery store (think: Langley Farm Market, Kins Farm Market, etc). It’s a cute little grocery store that has amazing prices on produce where a good chunk of it is local. Hey, Richmond IS practically farmville. I picked up a ton of vegetables for just over $5.00, including 2 large bunches of locally-sourced fresh spinach.

It’s been a week and I’ve only used up one. What to do with the other? Make spinach goma-ae.

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Maki sushiSushi. I love me some sushi. Little morsels of perfectly seasoned short-grain rice wrapped in a seaweed wrapper encasing an endless combination of fillings. Yum. Definitely one of my favourite go-to’s when I’m on the go.

Today I’ll be teaching you how to make a basic maki sushi roll.

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Cold ramen?

Hiyashi chukaSo…I just realized that I leave for Korea in a mere 3 weeks time! Holy crap. No wonder shit’s been hitting the fan lately. I’ve been experiencing an influx of cupcake orders, sponsorship requests, working 6-day work weeks for the past three weeks — all while to try and maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle in preparation for the Vancouver Sun Run. Which was today. Again, no training — just winged it. Now my muscles are all achy and sore, yay. BUT atleast I managed to beat my 2011 time and finished the race at 56:27! Hurrah!

Now, time for noodles, more specifically, hiyashi chuka.

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Lazy cooking.

Kimchi tuna yakiudonI have been so energy-less in the past week and I really think it is due to my meat consumption. Seriously. I had a HUGE meat feast at the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Oru when I had their chef’s tasting menu last week PLUS I made ramen from scratch and had leftover cha shu for almost a whole week. Meat overload.

Ever since I’ve been tracking my diet, I’ve noticed that in weeks where I consume more meat products, the more tired I am, the more lazy I am, and fatter I feel. Don’t get me wrong — I LOVE meat. In fact, I can’t live without it. But I don’t know what it is… It’s a mystery to me.

After I finished all those wonderful leftovers, I was able to cook something meat-free again. And since my kitchen is full of random leftover produce and ingredients, I wanted something quick, Asian, and filling. My favourite go to? Yakiudon. I was out of out of my usual ingredients so…a kimchi tuna yakiudon was born.

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When fat is too fatty.

Cha shuDear pork belly. I love you, I really do but sometimes you are too fattening for even me.

…SAYS NO ONE EVER. But 2 lbs of braised pork belly or cha shu may be more than enough for just one person.


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