Dina's Favorite Recipes

Easy Asian and Fusion recipes for everyday home cooking.

Buttery Herb Biscuits - An Easy Biscuit Recipe that results in moist, flavorful biscuits that will be the hit of your party.

Everyone in my life from family to friends to colleagues is in love with biscuits. For the longest time I couldn’t figure out why because all except one experience I’ve had with biscuits is that they were hockey-puck hard, tasteless and dry. When I finally ventured to trial and error a recipe of my own to make biscuits for loved ones, I understood then what everyone was in love with. Done correctly, biscuits should come out buttery, super moist and full of flavor. [Read More]

Easy Appetizer Recipes

From healthy appetizers that you can easily turn into a full meal for one person to sophisticated finger foods perfect for your next party, these easy appetizer recipes will enchant your taste buds.

Raw Bok Choy Salad- one of the most delicious and healthiest salads you can make in under 5 minutes.
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Smoothies, Cocktails & Drinks Galore

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with smoothies. From healthy breakfast smoothies to refreshing afternoon boosts, smoothies make staying healthy super easy. I also love my tropical cocktails and rich hot chocolates; enjoy my collection of easy drink recipes!

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Breads & Pizza

There are few things more comforting than a warm loaf of bread or a fantastic slice of cheesy pizza. You don’t always need fancy bread making machines or know how to toss pizza dough like a true Italian to churn out delicious and easy breads and pizzas.

Final Croutons- golden brown after 15 minutes at 375 degrees.
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Breakfast

There’s good reason why physicians and nutritionists encourage us to eat breakfast regularly and why the healthiest people in the world all do so. A well balanced breakfast is crucial to getting the day started on the right note. If your mornings are hectic like mine, you’ll appreciate quick and easy breakfast recipes that you can prepare the night before or in minutes in the morning.

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Fish & Seafood

Having spent some of my childhood years in Southeast Asia, I grew up on the freshest fish and seafood dishes available. From expertly prepared sashimi in Japan to a simple fire-roasted whole calamari on a beach in Bali, fish and seafood are a huge part of my everyday diet. Here are a collection of my favorite easy fish and seafood recipes.

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Easy Shrimp Tacos with a touch of Asian flavor
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Meats

While I’m not a voracious meat lover, occasionally I do enjoy dishes like a classic Crispy Pork Belly or a simple steak. I also love adding accents of certain meats into vegetable dishes. These are a few of my favorite easy meat recipes for everyday home cooking.

Easy Pork Dumplings- the classic Asian favorite.
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Poultry

Chicken is arguably the most commonly consumed item for non-vegetarians in home cooking. It’s incredibly diverse, affordable and prepared properly, it’s a lean and healthy protein. From easy stir-fries to fancier steak presentations, here are my favorite easy chicken recipes with a few duck and turkey recipes thrown in.

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Rice, Noodles & Pasta Recipes

There are few things food-wise that I find more comforting or satisfying than a fabulous rice, noodle or pasta dish. Whether it’s Soto Ayam (Indonesia’s version of Chicken Noodle Soup), Japanese Fried Rice or a simple Linguine with Classic Tomato Sauce, this is probably my favorite category of food. Here are my favorite easy rice recipes, noodle recipes and healthy pasta recipes.

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Salads

Growing up partly in America, I remember hearing my parents’ American friends complain about how boring healthy eating was because they were stuck eating bland salads. When you collect ingredients and tips from cuisines around the world, you get to create delicious, healthy and easy salads that are anything but boring or run of the mill. From Spicy Thai Beef Salad to easy Cabbage Slaw, my collection of easy salad recipes will leave you wanting more.

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Soups

Soups are generally popular during cold winter months but really, you don’t need a cold weather front to enjoy all kinds of easy and healthy soup recipes to feed your body and spirit. While certain soups like that of broth used in classic Pho take days to make properly, many other soups can be easily prepared in just minutes with the proper technique and few simple tools.

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Vegetables

Growing up in an Asian family, vegetables have always been a huge part of our everyday eating. No vegetable goes unturned or unseasoned in my family’s household. When you have a few basic ingredients and tools, preparing healthy and easy vegetable recipes can be done in just minutes so there’s no excuse for not incorporating enough veggies into your daily diet. From delicious vegetable stir-fries to smart substitutions, these are vegetable recipes you’ll want to bookmark.

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Desserts

While I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, I do love my occasional desserts. Many of these Asian dessert recipes were passed down from my grandmother to my mother to me while others I created after finding that most desserts in the West were too sugar-laden. I love desserts with fruits and cakes that have complex flavors with just the right touch of sweetness. Have a sweet time with these easy dessert recipes!

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Iced Green Tea Latte a.k.a. Iced Matcha Latte is one of the healthiest drinks you can make as long as you just use a touch of honey and no sugar.
Popcorn Ice Cream- tastes like actual popcorn or sweet buttery corn.

Sauces

The French, Italians and Asians will tell you that sauces can make or break a dish and I couldn’t agree more. A plain chicken dish can go from zero to wow with the addition of a perfectly executed red wine sauce and an Indonesian satay gets elevated with real peanut sauce (as opposed to those derived from peanut butter). I’ve always loved using sauces to dress up even the simplest of dishes.

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Condiments

Many Asian cuisines are all about pungent, bold flavors and a lot of these bright accents are found in condiments regularly served with every meal. I’ve lost count of the number of times many of you have asked for my “Acar” (Indonesian pickled cucumber) recipe so here’s a collection of my favorite condiment recipes.

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