Rice & Noodles

  • Chicken Chow Mein

    Someone just asked me to name my ultimate comfort food. This is a tricky question because I love so many different kinds of foods that give me comfort (wait, is chocolate a food?) but my hands down favorite comfort food is a steaming bowl of Cantonese Chicken Chow Mein. My late mother used to make … Read More

  • Chinese Peanut Noodles with Chicken

    Noodles have played an important role in the Chinese diet dating all the way back to the Han Dynasty 206 B.C. I mean, who doesn’t love noodles especially when they’re tossed with peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and some chile-garlic sauce? This recipe is sweet and nutty with a nice spicy kick. … Read More

  • Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

    I just love Thai Pineapple Fried Rice so I thought I’d treat you to one my favorite recipes from my new cookbook, “Everyday Thai Cooking.”  The beauty of this dish is in its simplicity.  It takes just a couple of minutes to make but its flavors are sublime.   The other amazing thing about this recipe … Read More

  • Shrimp Fried Rice

    coming home from cross country ski practice with a ravenous appetite.  Yep, I grew up in Minnesota and I often cross country skied to school during snow storms.  I was terrible and won “Most Improved” at the end of the school year, a title they made up just for me!  On many of those wintery … Read More

  • Chicken Lo Mein

    What is the difference between chow mein and lo mein you ask?  The main difference is that lo mein noodles tend to be softer while chow mein noodles can be crispier.  Both types of noodle dishes are usually made with Chinese egg noodles.  For this easy Chicken Lo Mein recipe, I’m using dried spaghetti because … Read More

  • Long Life Noodles with Chicken

    Ingredients Serves 4 8 ounces (1/2 box) spaghetti or linguine 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon white pepper 3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, divided 1 garlic clove, minced 3/4 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper 1/2 cup bean sprouts 3/4 cup … Read More

  • Thai Quinoa “Fried Rice”

    Although this recipe isn’t really fried “rice” it is prepared just like authentic Thai fried rice but instead of rice I’m using quinoa (pronounced keen-wah). If you didn’t already know, quinoa is truly a super food. Not only is it low in calories it is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino … Read More

  • Vietnamese Mix & Match Noodles

    The inaugural What Chefs Eat event to celebrate Charles Phan’s new cookbook Vietnamese Home Cooking was a huge success.  The event took place at the stunning Sub Zero showroom in Burlingame, California.  I was so honored to moderate the live interview with Charles.  We all learned that Charles favorite go to meal after a long … Read More

  • Korean Shrimp Rice Bowl

    WBTT (Way Before the Twins) were born, I used to galavant all over Koreatown devouring Korean BBQ, Kim Chee Fried Rice and Chap Chae with my peeps before our weekly karaoke outings. I get to K-Town when I can these days, but whenever I start craving garlicky, sour, spicy and sweet Korean flavors I whip … Read More

  • Udon Noodles and Wild Mushrooms with Miso Butter

    “Addicting!” This buttery, complex, melt-in-your-mouth udon noodle dish won raves when my friends Frank and Michael were in town vising from New York.  It’s so simple yet elegant and shimmery it makes me feel luxurious just thinking about it.  My 13 year-old stepdaughter Kyla loved it so much she whipped it up on her own for … Read More