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Kimchi Fried Rice

22 Jan

how to make kimchi fried ricePart 3 – How to Make Kimchi Fried Rice

how to cook and eat asian sticky rice We’ve learned that kimchi served on the side of hot sticky rice makes a great snack. Let’s transform it into a lunch or side dish. You should note that kimchi packs less heat when fried with perfect Asian rice. So those of you who lack a tolerance for anything spicy, don’t be afraid.  If you can believe it, this recipe is even easier than the last, it contains 3 ingredients.  If you have daredevil foodie kids, this recipe is a great opportunity to start teaching them how to cook something all by themselves.

epcot food and wine festivalThis is my daredevil foodie kid eating escargot in Epcot.  Do you remember our Disney trip? Good times…

mat kimchi I prefer this jar of mat kimchi.  When buying kimchi be sure to look closely at the label.  There are a million different kinds out there.

How to Cook Sticky RiceDid you miss the tutorial on how to cook sticky rice?


serves 2

  • 1/2 c kimchi
  • 1 c sticky rice
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 egg, optional


In a nonstick pan over high heat add sesame oil.

Once heated add kimchi and rice.

Stir with chopsticks to prevent burning.

If you decided to add an egg do it now, and stir until it’s cooked.

Remove the rice from the pan and eat immediately.

kimchi fried rice

After seeing how to make sushi snack rolls, breakfast, and kimchi fried rice, I hope you’re starting to get the gist of this whole fried rice thing. Now my fried rice master, I’ll blow your mind and go all out gourmet next time.  Don’t worry, I’m sure your kid can make the next recipe too.  It’s pretty simple.  See you soon friend.

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21 Jan

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21 Jan

AW2SL is moving

A couple of weeks ago I announced that I’m transferring my site.  While my URL address will be the same, I’m cutting myself free from the constraints of the community.  One risk I’ll be taking is losing all of you who follow me through your feed.  As I’m writing this article to you I currently have close to 500 subscribers. Wow. Thank you. It’s a blessing to know I’m touching the lives of that many people. Come with me. I haven’t even shown you the good stuff yet.

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How to Make Bacon Fried Rice with Egg

20 Jan

Good morning and welcome to my new favorite breakfast.  Like most AW2SL recipes this dish is pretty hard to mess it up.  While the bacon is the best part, you can always omit it if your not a pork eater. You can add tofu, vegetables, herbs, or a sprinkling of cheese at the very end. Make sure everything is a uniformly cut to ensure proper cooking time.

breakfast fried rice Part 3 -Eggs and Bacon Fried Rice

how to cook and eat asian sticky ricebreakfast fried rice ingredients


  • 2 slices of bacon, cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp scallion, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of sticky rice
  • sriracha, for serving


  1. Over high heat, add bacon pieces to a hot skillet or wok.
  2. Cook long enough to release the fat and the bacon begins to brown.
  3. Add rice, egg, and green onion.
  4. Stir with chopsticks until egg is cooked through.
  5. Immediately remove the pan from the stove and plate.
  6. Add hot sauce if you wish.

bacon and egg fried riceThis dish is so easy to make, and since the sticky rice is already available I’m halfway there.  Remember this breakfast for the morning after stir fry since you’ll probably have some rice left over.  Tomorrow I will share another simple fried rice recipe. Until then you can go back and try sushi snack rolls, or a simple bowl of sticky rice with whole grain and umeboshi plum.

How to Make Play Food – Felt Dumplings

19 Jan

Teach your kids how to use chopsticks and sew with this easy Chinese New Year craft. With minimal clean up, and 15 minutes you can provide your little one with fine motor skills, imaginary play, and cultural awareness.
how to make play food from feltMaterials

  • scissors
  • thread
  • a needle
  • 4 pieces of felt cut into 5×5 inch pieces
  • chopsticks, a little pan, a dish.

making a felt chinese dumpling

*Before you cut your thread adjust the ruffles of the dumpling.

*Pay attention to finish sewing on the inside of the dumpling to hide the knot.

using chopsticks

felt dumpling play

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How to Make a Snack with Sticky Rice

18 Jan sushi at home

how to make a healthy snack

Part 2- Making Sushi Snack Rolls

how to cook and eat asian sticky riceLast time we went over what you need to make rice and how to cook it.  If you followed part one you now have a few cups of hot rice.  What to do?

How to Cook Sticky Rice

You can add some kimchi on the side and call it a day.

how to make a healthy snack

Do you eat sushi?  Here’s that pickled ginger that comes on the side. You can buy a whole container of it at H Mart.

how to make a healthy snack

Get some snack sized seaweed out. You can cut larger pieces into small squares if you can’t get the smaller version. Trader Joe’s sells them, but you’re going to pay more rather than buying it from the grocery store.

seaweed snack sizeAdd a little bit of rice and a piece of pickled ginger.  Roll it up.  Eat.

how to make a healthy snackMeet takuan, a japanese pickled radish.  It’s a little sweet just like a bread and butter pickle.

japanese radish pickleRepeat the steps from the pickled ginger roll.

sushi at homeIt’s a very popular snack at our houseLil’ Dottie May makes sandwiches instead of sushi rolls.

how to make a healthy snack

how to make a healthy snackI wouldn’t advise rolling a bunch of these sushi snack rolls in advance.  The seaweed gets soggy, and that’s no fun. You can replace these pickles with avocado, crab, cucumber, carrot, radish, lotus root, etc…

If you’de like to start from the beginning here is the introduction and part one of the series.

On Monday we will make a sticky rice breakfast. Wishing you a stellar weekend.

Calabaza Soup with Morrocan Spices

17 Jan

calabaza soup with morrocan spices

Calabaz-huh?  I know, that’s what I thought too, and thank God for Google.  Calabaza is interchangeable with any orange winter i.e., acorn, butternut, red curry.  I’ve noticed when I substitute common produce for something more exotic, it amplifies the elegance in a recipe. The foreign flavors catch the diner off guard and they realize it’s new, it’s different, followed by my favorite question, “what’s in this?”  Since it’s the dead of winter, the lack of farmer’s markets will leave you browsing around the grocery store.  It’s not that hard to find something new, and doing something simple like swapping produce is an easy step towards foodie-ism.  In the end improving your homespun food comes down to buying something. How effortless is that?

calabaza soup with morrocan spices

calabaza soup with morrocan spices

Calabaza is typically sold in pieces because most of us lack the chainsaw that’s required to pierce through the thick skin.  Thank you H Mart.

calabaza soup with morrocan spices

Calabaza Soup with Moroccan Spices

serves 4


  • 2 1lbs of calabaza*
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 C chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp of sea salt
  • 1.5 tbsp Moroccan Spice*


  1. Cut the squash into 1 inch pieces.
  2. Mince the onion.
  3. Add butter to a large pot over medium heat.
  4. Add onion and cook for 2-4 minutes. Don’t let it brown.
  5. Add squash and Moroccan spices.
  6. Toss to coat the squash with the spices and butter.
  7. Cook for 5 minutes to toast the spices and combine the flavors.
  8. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  9. Lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
  10. Turn off the stove.
  11. Using an immersion or a regular blender, puree the squash mixture.
  12. Add the cream and serve.

*Calabaza can be substituted with any orange flesh winter squash.

*Moroccan Spices consist of cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, mace, white pepper, galangal, black and green cardamon, ginger, anise, allspice, rose petal.  Mix equal parts or according to your taste.  I purchased mine from Savory Spice Shop.  If you don’t have all of them, don’t worry about it.  Be frugal and use what you have.

How to Cook Sticky Rice

16 Jan

How to Cook Sticky Rice

Part One – Cooking Sticky Rice

how to cook and eat asian sticky rice

Let’s go back to H Mart and talk about what type of rice you should be buying.  After purchasing quite a few brands I found a pretty pink bag by Sekka.  It’s a medium grain extra fancy rice grown in California.

15lb bag of medium grain rice

asian sticky rice

You’ll also need some extras to add into your rice cooker or pot of water.  I buy a premixed variety of grains called Rice Booster.   It’s a little pricey, and for you ambitious folks out there, here’s a link for instructions on how to make your own.

grains to add

For a deeper salty flavor add an umeboshi plum to the water. An umeboshi plum is a typical Japanese breakfast item. It’s very sour, salty and will certainly wake up any groggy human being.

pickled plum

Place your rice in a strainer and rinse it under cold water until it runs clear.  Make sure you move it around to ensure a good rinse.

how to cook rice

Place the rinsed rice in the rice cooker and add enough water to cover this portion of your hand.  My rice to water ratio is never exactly the same, but the beauty of a rice cooker is it makes perfect rice every time. I’ve done it this way 100’s of times, and it works. If you do not trust your intuition as much as I do, use 2 parts water to 1 part rice.

how to cook rice the asian way

On my machine I hit the cook button using the turbo option.  It takes less about 15 minutes for the rice to cook.

cuckoo rice cooker

Isn’t it pretty?

bowl of rice with grains

I wish you success and a good deal on your rice cooker if you don’t own one already.  I paid about $75.00 for mine. Have faith in your machine. If you swear by a different brand of rice please share in the comments.

Next time I’ll show you a simple (kid friendly) snack you can make with sticky rice.  Did you miss the official introduction of How to Cook and Eat Rice?

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For the Love of Sticky Rice

16 Jan

how to cook and eat asian sticky rice

Two years ago I drove to up to Fort Lee and went to H Mart with my fellow (adopted) Asian friend.  Unlike me she married into a Korean family.  Her in laws speak and breathe all things Korean, own multiple tae kwon do schools, make their own kimchi, etc…  She has become my go-to for all things Korean. We were going through the housewares section and came upon countless rice cookers.  I bought one because I’m easily swayed into making impulsive purchases, especially when a friend is pushing a product. It sits on my counter full of piping hot sticky rice for a few days at a time.  I scoop some out and saute it with eggs, sesame oil, and bacon for breakfast.  Lil Dottie May sandwiches it between snack sized seaweed for lunch.  I put a scoop in Alice’s thermos with some kimchi for school.  The list goes on, and on, and on…

Over the next week I’ll be teaching you how to cook authentic Asian sticky rice.  By the end you’ll have recipes, snack ideas, and (hopefully) a vision of countless ways you can easily incorporate the world’s most popular whole grain into your hectic life.

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