Homemade Fried Chicken ala Chicken Joy

During a recent vacation to Toronto, we discovered that there was a restaurant nearby that is very close to my heart growing up.  Being from the Philippines, I grew up loving the giant bee, Jollibee.  The Jollibee restaurant was three miles away from our Airbnb. I got so excited and told my high school friend from Toronto… Continue reading Homemade Fried Chicken ala Chicken Joy

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Seafood Dynamite

We live close to the biggest Japanese supermarket in our state.  They also have a restaurant that serves sushi.  They sell the freshest sushi grade sushi in town.  Since they sell seafood, one is sure that all the fish in they use their sushi have never been frozen.  Every Saturday we would go to their sushi… Continue reading Seafood Dynamite

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Miso Marinated Black Cod (Gindara Saikyo Yaki)

When I used to work in a Japanese restaurant, this dish was a specialty.  The chef would only have one order for this and it was very expensive.  They usually prepare it using the collar of a very big fish.  It takes 21 days to marinate this dish.  When I saw cod fillets in the… Continue reading Miso Marinated Black Cod (Gindara Saikyo Yaki)

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Crispy Roast Pork

My husband, like most men, is a big meat and potatoes guy.  If he could get away with it, lunch and dinner should always have a meat dish. One time when we went to a Filipino restaurant, he tried deep fried pork hock dish called “Crispy Pata” and he loved it.  He love the crispy… Continue reading Crispy Roast Pork

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Short Rib Soup with Daikon and Noodles

It is already May but here in the Midwest it is still cold.  As a matter of fact, it snowed / hailed last Sunday.  We can have a taste of all four seasons in one day. Weird weather, hahaha. When the weather is cold, it is nice to have some hearty soups. Enjoy this short… Continue reading Short Rib Soup with Daikon and Noodles

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Tantanmen (Spicy Sesame Ramen)

When I used to work in a Japanese restaurant, this noodle soup was one of the more popular ones. Apparently, a lot of Japanese love spicy ramen.  I don’t have a high tolerance for spicy food so I never really prepared it. But since my husband loves spicy food, I try to fix something to… Continue reading Tantanmen (Spicy Sesame Ramen)

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Short Rib Stew with Caramelized Kimchi

My husband “loves” stews.  Anything that is slow cooked is his favorite.  The rich taste of something that is cooked for a long time just triggers his taste buds. This dish just fits that description. Another thing he loves about this dish is the caramelized kimchi (but he would rather have it spicy than caramelized) because… Continue reading Short Rib Stew with Caramelized Kimchi

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