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Favorite Recipes

I know how hard it is to navigate through a cookbook and I’m not surprised that many friends have asked me for my favorite recipes from the book. All the recipes play an important part in bringing the cookbook together as a whole but there are some dishes that have become regulars in my cooking repertoire.

So if you don’t know where to start, here’s a list of recipes I like aside from the usual popular suspects. I’ve also asterisked the super easy recipes for the Asian cooking novice who is just getting their feet wet.


  • Seaweed and Sesame Rice Crackers (Furikake Mix Arare), Pg. 52
  • Fragrant Beef Bundles (Bo Nuong La Lot), Pg. 58
  • Thai Stuffed Omelet (Kai Yad Sai), Pg. 70
  • Chicken Coconut Soup (Tom Ka Kai), Pg. 84*EASY*
  • Healing Pork and Shrimp Rice Soup (Kao Tom Moo), Pg. 92*EASY*
  • Eggy Stir-Fried Cabbage, Pg. 110 *EASY*
  • Deep-Fried Tofu Simmered with Tomatoes, Pg. 123 *EASY*
  • Japanese-Style Hamburgers (Wafu Hamburgers), Pg. 153
  • Burmese Pork Curry (Whethar Sebyan), Pg. 163 *EASY*
  • Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce (Kao Zhu Li Ji), Pg. 171 *EASY*
  • Thai Basil Pork (Pad Gkaprow Mu), Pg. 174 *EASY*
  • Brandied Chicken and Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce, Pg. 178
  • Chicken Adobo, Pg. 182
  • Mochiko Fried Chicken, Pg. 187 *EASY*
  • Honeyed Chicken Wings, Pg. 240 *EASY*
  • Stir-Fried Glass Noodles (Japchae), Pg. 246
  • Filipino Meatloaf (Embutido), Pg. 266
  • Soft Noodles Tossed with Duck Eggs and Oyster Mushrooms, Pg. 278 *EASY*
  • Sweet and Savory Rice Noodles (Pad See Ew), Pg. 284
  • Cardamom Studded Flan, Pg. 312
  • Pumpkin Custard (Num Sang Khya L’Peou), Pg. 315
21 Comments leave one →
  1. innocent chinonso permalink
    January 31, 2014 7:45 am

    Good dey please I want to by fried shallot with u I need ur phone no so that we will tolk every thing well. Thanks

  2. February 19, 2012 3:55 pm

    Hi Pat – great site! I plugged it it on my recent post, 7 Philippine Cuisines – – enjoy!

    • February 23, 2012 9:34 am

      Thank you, Todd! I appreciate the exposure. Cheers, Pat

  3. Kayleen takase permalink
    October 27, 2011 2:23 am

    I love your cookbook. Many of the food you described are things i grew up with in Hawaii. If you ever decide to write another volume, i would be happy to share some of my grandmother’s recipes.

    I am also a Husky. Go Dawgs!

    • October 29, 2011 1:39 pm

      Hi Kayleen,
      I’m so glad you like my cookbook! If you’d like to share some of your recipes and stories on this site, please email me. And yeah, “Go Dawgs!” (Although I was never a football fan :)). Cheers, Pat

  4. March 10, 2011 12:12 pm

    You really have a great website.
    Keep up the good work.

  5. mary rose pingol permalink
    May 21, 2010 7:54 am

    Hi i love to buy this cookbook, The asian grandmothers cookbook. but i was searching in local bookstore here in manila but they dont have this cookbook. can you help me where i can buy this cookbook here in manila. cause im going to give this for my mom as a birthday present.
    hope you can help me.

    Thank you so much.

  6. Barbarainnc permalink
    November 12, 2009 4:17 pm

    I have your book on my Wish List. Hope to get it at Christmas!!! Wondered if you Mum’s Fried Chicken recipe is in the cookbook or will you post it someday. I did a search on your site, but didn’t see it, just your Aunty’s Joy Chicken recipe. It looks very good and easy!!!🙂🙂🙂


    • December 2, 2009 1:27 pm

      Hi Barbara,
      Depends on which fried chicken recipe you’re thinking of🙂. I do have an Indonesian cookbook in the works and at least one of her fried chicken recipes will be in there. Hope you get the book for Christmas!
      Cheers, Pat

  7. October 19, 2009 7:36 pm

    Hi Pat,

    How are you? Congrats with the book! Saw an IJ friend post it on facebook…. well done! Do you know if your book sells in Singapore?

    Audrey Leong

    • October 29, 2009 11:45 am

      Audrey, unfortunately the book isn’t being distributed outside the U.S. And my publisher doesn’t have a relationship with Borders anymore which has a presence in Singapore. The best way is to order it is via or and have it shipped internationally. Hope you can get it!

  8. October 14, 2009 8:15 am

    It looks marvelous, Pat — congratulations!

  9. arlene permalink
    August 23, 2009 8:18 am

    mybrother in law was in china and fell in love with a simple, very spicey plain cucumber salad. it was an appetizer. he ate the salad outside of the shao lin temple. we’ve been trying to find a recipe and i cannot locate it. can anyone help out on this one?


  10. Debbie permalink
    July 26, 2009 5:05 pm

    Great tutorial!

  11. Martha permalink
    June 15, 2009 6:27 am

    Please add me to your e-mail list. Tx!!

  12. Rice Man permalink
    April 30, 2009 8:45 pm

  13. marjorie goldberg permalink
    December 15, 2008 1:08 pm

    this ia a great website for me as I had a middle-european grandmother(she was a great baker/tomato jam maker). I was at a japanese restaurant and had some yakisoba. I loved it. please, please, do you have a recipe for a sauce/ idea for it that doesn’t come in a package? I would really like to make it…
    thank you!

  14. June 11, 2008 10:22 pm

    Hello there, a Brazilian living in Seattle here – please know, I LOVED your cooking ideas and suggestions on the radio today!!! –Paul

  15. January 13, 2008 12:28 pm

    Just wanted to say, love the blog and looking forward to the book — and sending copies back to the ‘ohana’ in Honolulu.

  16. October 13, 2007 6:11 am

    What a great idea for a book!!! I’m definitely getting a copy and can’t wait for it to come out. Enjoy the research!

    Funny, my lola (Filipino for grandmother) used to make fried chicken like Auntie Neneng’s😉


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