Indian dinner night

To cap off my week of vegetarianism, I finished off with an Indian-inspired menu, shared with two of my favorite people:

  • Lentil dal
  • Tangy shredded cabbage salad
  • Cucumber scallion raita
  • Fluffy jasmine rice

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Brazil: Helio’s Farm and Late Night Dinner

After arriving in Sao Paulo, Coralie and our good friend (and fellow grad school alum) Helio came to pick me up and go straight to his family’s second home, a farm in a small town about 3 hours outside of Sao Paulo.

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Guest Post: Mom’s Chap Goh Meh (15th Night) Celebration

Happy Friday, readers! I’d like to introduce y’all to my lovely mother, Huang. Once she saw the blog, she sent over some photos of a celebration my family recently hosted that featured lots of more traditional New Year’s foods that we don’t eat very often. It really was a feast — I’m more than a little jealous! 🙂


Chap Goh Meh (15th night in Hokkien) marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebration, which lasts two weeks.

Say Kee & I hosted a meal on the eve of Chap Goh Meh with several family friends, including a few Malaysian Chinese couples, a PhD student from East Malaysia, and our good family friend Clyde (Armenian heritage, we made him an honorary Malaysian Chinese seeing he eats practically anything) in attendance.

Chinese New Year dishes are eaten for their symbolic significance (which I barely practice since God’s a faithful provider; plus, unlike Lin, I am not into food as much!)  Nevertheless, Lee Lean prepared yee sang, comprising of carrot, daikon, cucumber, pomelo (pink grapefruit as substitute), jelly fish, julienned lemon rind, shredded chicken (in place of the raw fish), slivered lime leaves, roasted peanuts, and sesame seeds, with a sprinkling of 5 spice powder & white pepper mixed with plum sauce. Yee sang, or 鱼生, is a homophone for 余升, which means an increase in abundance — hence the appropriateness of eating it for New Year’s.

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Homestyle Indonesian Food with Kami

For my first official post I’m not going to share a recipe… Instead, I’m going to post a few photos from a wonderful night of hospitality I was able to share with some fellow students last month.

Kami, the Bahasa Indonesia professor here on campus, invites students to his home every quarter to share an Indonesian meal. It is a really lovely evening, with Indonesian-class alums who are in town showing up and joining current graduate students. Although I myself am not one in his class, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and enjoy Kami’s delicious food!

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