Spam Musubi

Spam musubi looks like mini sushi sandwiches, with very dark green seaweed wrapped around rice and pink Spam.

Spam Musubi Recipe Before we dive into the recipe, what is Spam musubi? It’s a pressed sushi made with Spam, where crispy, pan-fried Spam is covered in teriyaki sauce and sandwiched by fresh rice and roasted seaweed to hold everything in place. It’s a mix of Japanese (the rice and seaweed) and Hawaiian/American cuisine (the […]

Jasmine Tea Ochazuke

Use your favorite toppings for ochazuke (tea rice!). I've used bacon, pickled daikon and sauteed zucchini here. #japanese #asian #tea #rice

this ochazuke (aka rice with tea) is a jasmine tea ochazuke. it’s just as delicious in the summer at room temp as it is in the winter steaming hot! i’ve been feeling a little antsy recently. maybe because some of my close friends have been travelling a lot, maybe because i’m remembering how much i […]

Zha Jiang Mian

The base of the sauce for zha jiang mian comes from sweet bean sauce, which you can find in Asian or Chinese grocery stores. #chinese #asian #noodles

i first posted this zha jiang mian in dec 2014, but i’ve been eating it for years. figured it was time for an upgrade of pictures, and maybe a written recipe rather than my lazy ramblings (; it’s the last bit of asian pacific american heritage month, aka the last post of the year where […]

Vegetarian Bento Box

This bento box has rice, roasted squash, marinated tofu, garlicky cucumbers, pickled radish and sauteed kale, but you can definitely omit parts as you please! #bentobox #lunchideas #vegetarian

this vegetarian bento box has all sorts of goodies: marinated tofu, sesame hazelnut furikake on rice and plenty of vegetables (pickled, marinated, sauteed and roasted!), with chocolate for dessert!  past me is writing this earlier than i usually would because i’m busy eating ice cream and picking up a sanded trashcan in la this weekend. […]

Somen Salad

Somen salad is one of those things that's perfect if you make a few hours ahead. The noodles start to soak up some of the salty/sweet/nutty dressing, and get super flavorful. #somensalad #pastasalad #fishcake #potluck

i think of somen salad as the hawaiian x japanese version of pasta salad. it’s hawaiian in some ways too, but mac salad screams hawaiian more than somen salad. anyways, i tend to associate pasta salad with summers (and leftovers lol), so it felt like a good time to give this post, originally published in […]