• Butterfly Pea Matcha Latte Recipe

    December 1, 2021Van

    I love finding new ways to upgrade my matcha lattes and  my newest addition is blue butterfly pea powder. Not only does it look stunning, butterfly pea is rich in anthocyanins, which are the antioxidant compounds responsible for its beautiful color. It doesn’t really change the flavor of the matcha latte, so it’s more for visual…

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  • Pumpkin Butter Mochi Recipe

    November 9, 2021Van

    Butter Mochi is a very popular treat in Hawaii, it’s made with Mochiko (Japanese Sweet Rice Flour) and a few other ingredients typically used to make cake. It’s the perfect example of modern day Hawaiian cuisine (local food) which is a fusion from multiple ethnic groups. Butter mochi has a satisfying chewy texture, it’s a…

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  • Bloody Lychee Sake Martini Recipe for Halloween

    October 31, 2021Van

    Bloody Lychee Sake Martini, a fun & creepy cocktail that’s perfect for Halloween.  These are super tasty, so you could easily drink a few of these to celebrate 🎃 Happy Halloween everyone!  

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  • Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte Recipe

    October 12, 2021Van

    Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte, one of the most delicious and refreshing matcha drinks, it’s inspired by the strawberry matcha latte served at TeaZenTea boba shop in Brentwood, CA. I’ve come up with a super easy shortcut for sweetened strawberry puree (no cooking involved! yay!) so you can make this drink in under 5 minutes. If…

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  • No-Bake Matcha Mooncakes Recipe

    September 20, 2021Van

    Mid-Autumn Festival or Tết Trung Thu is an ancient festival considered “children’s day” in Vietnamese culture. It’s day to celebrate the harvest, spend quality time with your kids – spoiling them with toys, their favorite foods, paper lanterns & treats such as mooncakes. Traditional mooncakes are made with a dense pastry dough and filled with…

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  • Spicy Salmon on Crispy Rice Recipe

    September 17, 2021Van

    Spicy Salmon on Crispy Rice, one of the few items from a fusion sushi restaurant that’s pretty easy to make at home.  This dish was made famous by Katsuya in Los Angeles, the original version is made with tuna, but it’s equally delicious with salmon.  It’s surprisingly an amazing combo, creamy, spicy salmon on top…

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  • Iced Mango Matcha Latte Recipe

    September 8, 2021Van

    I love matcha, and have it some form almost everyday – desserts, drinks, I even love matcha soba! If you’re a matcha fan and looking for the most refreshing, delicious & BEAUTIFUL matcha drink, try this Iced Mango Matcha Latte. It’s inspired by the mango matcha latte served at TeaZenTea boba shop in Brentwood, CA…

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  • Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna Recipe

    September 4, 2021Van

    Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna is super trendy lately, but it’s been around for quite sometime. Many people know of this dish from Nobu, but Katsuya in Los Angeles also makes an amazing version. You’ll usually find it on the menu at fusion sushi restaurants, but it’s pretty easy to make at home. Honestly the…

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  • Matcha and Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

    August 24, 2021Van

    I love making variations of rice krispie treats – they were a childhood favorite and every once in a while I still get a craving for them. Today I made Matcha and Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats – this is perfect for anyone who loves matcha like I do.  Standard rice krispie treats can be cloyingly…

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  • Air Fryer Chicken Katsu Recipe

    August 6, 2021Van

    I’ve had an air fryer for years, but I never tried making chicken katsu in it – after making it last night, I’m happy to say that it turned out great and super crispy! It’s so much more convenient and uses very little oil to cook. The only downside I noticed was the panko coating…

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