Celebrating a Birthday with a Ramen Noodle Party!

In traditional Asian culture, a birthday celebration often includes a great bowl of noodles. The long strands of unbroken noodles symbolize long life. Recently, we were honored to host Niki’s birthday at her beautiful home in Oakland with our  “Story of Ramen” event. Her spouse Dani organized this event as a surprise birthday for her….

How to Eat Ramen Noodles And Other Interesting Ramen Facts

First, before we talk about how to eat your ramen, let’s dive into a little history. With its roots as a Chinese noodle dish, ramen spread to Japan and integrated with the local food-culture. In 1859 Japan opened its ports to the world, bringing in linguistic interpreters from China and Western countries. Foreign settlements were…

Fresh Ramen Noodles From Scratch in 15 Minutes

Most people would think that making ramen noodles from scratch is a daunting task. It is actually much easier than you think. I have been making my own noodles from scratch for the past few years. I have perfected a simple way to make it in less than 15 minutes. So these days, I no…

Making Umami-Boosted Ramen Tonkotsu (Pork bone) Broth at Home

Tonkotsu is often regarded as the holy grail of ramen noodle broth. It has a rich umami flavor. Many people in Japan will not bother to make this at home because it is so time consuming. I am fortunate to host ramen noodle classes once or twice a week at my San Francisco apartment. (TO…

Lamb Kofta with Saffron Basmati Rice

Great for the grill. Paired with your favorite wine, it’s a nice spring meal on the patio or balcony. HERE’S WHAT YOU WILL NEED For the rice: 1/2 cup basmati rice 1/2 , finely chopped medium onion 2 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter) 2 shredded carrots 1/4 cup golden raisin 1/8 teaspoon saffron powder For the…

Italian Flag Cannoli

This is an easy dessert that will have your guests talking…Italian! Dough 3/4 cup all purpose flour 1 medium egg 2 teaspoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoons matcha powder (can be substitute with 1 teaspoon artificial green coloring) 2 teaspoons red beet powder (can be substitute with 1 teaspoon artificial red coloring) 4 cups canola oil…

Five Ingredient Gluten-Free (and Paleo) Zucchini Pancake

It’s simple but some great taste! HERE’S WHAT YOU WILL NEED 1 zucchini 1 egg 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoon coconut oil SOME HELPFUL TIPS Using a grater, grate the zucchini in a colander. Add salt and sit it sit for 5-10 minutes NOTE – (the salt will draw the water out…

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Easy and tasty for dinner! WHAT YOU WIL NEED: ¼ lbs ground pork ½ cup short grain rice ¾ cup veggie broth ½ onion 10 button mushroom, sliced 2 tablespoon canola oil 2 stalks of celery 1 tablespoon pomegranate syrup 1 tablespoon white wine 4 Poblano Peppers TIPS TO HELP: Pre-heat a pan with oil…

Edamame Falafel with Wasabi Aioli

  A fusion of Japanese and Israeli staples. WHAT YOU WILL NEED ½ cup thawed frozen edamame ¼-½ cup all purpose flour 3 tablespoon bread crumbs ½ teaspoon kosher salt ½ teaspoon ground white pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ginger powder 1 small egg, whisk ½ teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon wasabi paste…

Spicy Tuna Tartare

It’s an easy and tasty dinner. HERE’S WHAT YOU WILL NEED: ¼ cup chopped mint ¼ cup chopped cilantro 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice 1 teaspoon soya sauce 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon fish sauce 8 oz Ahi tuna 1 teaspoon black sesame SOME TIPS TO HELP! Mix the first 6 ingredients in…

Celebrating Spring Ingredients at a Vineyard

Octopus, Grilled Asparagus and Parsley Pesto Salad It’s light and easy to make. Plus, it will add a burst of spring flavor to your picnic table. HERE’S WHAAT YOU WIL NEED: 1 cup chopped parsley 1/4 cup parmesan cheese 4 gloves of garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts 1/2 cup olive oil 20 asparagus…