Cooking with Chilies

Cooking with Chilies

Often referred to as chili pepper, chili and pepper belong to different plant genera. Chilies, berries of genus Capsicum include habanero, jalapeño, bird’s eye, cayenne and labuyo, among others. Chilies vary in heat; which is the hottest? The Scoville Scale (although recently criticized as subjective) is still widely used to determine the level of heat in each cultivar of chili. The … Read more

Pepper is NOT Chili; Sichuan Pepper is NOT Real Pepper

Although it is often referred to as chili pepper, chili is not a pepper. They come from different plants. And, just to address a common misconception, Sichuan pepper is not real pepper at all. Chilies are berries of genus Capsicum. I’ve already dedicated an entire post on chilies so I won’t repeat all that anymore. Black pepper is Piper … Read more

Stir Fried Tofu, Mushrooms, Bean Sprouts and Spinach

Stir Fried Tofu, Mushrooms, Bean Sprouts and Spinach in Black Bowl

I like vegetables but I’m not really a raw vegetable salad person. And I like more than greens in my vegetable dishes. I like colors and textures and an interplay of shapes and sizes. This stir fried tofu, mushrooms, bean sprouts and spinach satisfies all those requirements. Stir Fried Tofu, Mushrooms, Bean Sprouts and Spinach … Read more

What’s the Difference Between Dalandan and Dalanghita?

What’s the Difference Between Dalandan and Dalanghita?

Understanding the variety of citrus fruits available can be quite a task, especially when different cultures have unique names for similar or closely related fruits. Two such fruits often confused are dalandan and dalanghita, common in the Philippines. This article will delve into their differences, exploring their origins, characteristics, culinary uses, nutritional benefits, and how … Read more

Refreshing Watermelon Iced Tea: A Perfect Summer Beverage

Refreshing Watermelon Iced Tea

Watermelon iced tea is a delightful and refreshing beverage, perfect for hot summer days. Combining the natural sweetness of watermelon with the classic flavor of iced tea creates a drink that is both hydrating and delicious. In this guide, we’ll take you through the steps to make this wonderful drink, including the ingredients, instructions, and … Read more

Mung Beans and Sprouts

Mung Beans and Sprouts

Mung beans and their sprouts are versatile ingredients that have been staples in Asian cuisine for centuries. Known for their nutritional benefits and culinary adaptability, mung beans and sprouts can be used in a variety of dishes ranging from salads to soups to stir-fries. This guide explores the nutritional benefits, culinary uses, and preparation techniques … Read more