Asian

Thai Beef Curry Stew

Thai Beef Chicken | My Halal Kitchen

This recipe comes from Derya Singhsumalee, a former teacher colleague of mine who is such a fun and interesting person.  She is very well-traveled, is of Turkish ethnicity and married to a man from a Thai Muslim family. In the school lunch room we used to talk quite a bit about cultural diversity and, of course, food. She was very familiar ... Read More »

Halal Korean Cuisine Made Delicious and Convenient

Beef Bulgogi by Saffron Road

When I first came to Chicago over thirteen ago, the last type of cuisine I ever thought I would fall in love with is Korean, not for any other reason than the fact that I had no idea there was such a large population of Koreans living in and around the city. The first way I found out was by ... Read More »

Ramen Noodle Soup with Lamb, Bok Choy and Mushrooms

top view lamb ramen soup

Here in the U.S., the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday shopping extravaganzas are both over. The big whole turkey meal and turkey leftovers are gone for most people and perhaps the mere thought of  anything made with it like turkey soup, turkey hash, turkey burgers, turkey lasagna, and turkey sandwiches are making people seriously tired of the same ingredient on ... Read More »

Korean Slow Cooked Beef & Vegetables

Korean Slow Cooked Beef with Saffron Road Simmer Sauce

Since we’ve moved into our house and begun construction, it’s the simple things in life that have kind of gone straight out the window- like an organized closet, knowing where all my cooking spices are, and the luxury (because it truly is) of having a working stove hooked up to a gas line, right next to a working sink where ... Read More »

Malaysian Nasi Lemak with Sambal Ikan Bilis (Coconut Milk Rice with Sambal Anchovies)

Nasi Lemak

At the very first Halal Food Tour by Sameer’s Eats that took place in Irvine, CA I met some of the most amazing and humble people who I liked the instant I met them. The night before the tour, Sameer invited all of the volunteers and myself to dinner at MAS Islamic Chinese Restaurant in Anaheim. I had no idea ... Read More »

Icelandic Haddock in Lemongrass Basil Simmer Sauce

Unless you have an amazing Asian store nearby that sells fresh ingredients from the East, it’s pretty hard to find things like lemongrass, real coconut and interesting chili peppers to cook with, unfortunate because when combined they make for such an exotic and flavorful combination like what’s been prepared for us in one of the latest simmer sauces by Saffron Road ... Read More »

French Beans with Garlic, Cumin and Toasted Sesame

Green Beans and Toasted Sesame

French green beans are one of my favorite side dishes. They’re light, go well with most foods and make me feel content that I’m getting a healthy vegetable on my plate. I usually make them Italian style with garlic, tomatoes and olive oil, but this time I opted to satisfy my craving for something Asian. I had some lovely fresh ... Read More »

Cooking with Sadaf Syed of iCOVER: A Day in the Life of a Muslim-American COVERed Girl

Sadaf Syed, Author of ICover | My Halal Kitchen photos

I recently had the great pleasure of meeting with the very lovely, down-to-earth and talented young photographer, Sadaf Syed, a Chicago-based woman who literally wrote the book on how Muslim women in America wear the hijab (head covering). I sat down for coffee then later made no-cook appetizers with her and her kids to talk about the beautiful photodocumentary she ... Read More »

Rice Paper Rolls with Mango & Shrimp Stuffing and Orange-Lime Asian Sauce for Dipping

This recipe is unbelievably simple and there’s absolutely no cooking involved- a perfect crowd pleaser for these hot summer days. Use the freshest ingredients, including oranges and limes, instead of juices or concentrates which really makes a difference in the resulting taste. Makes 10 rolls (20 servings)  Rice Paper Roll Ingredients 2 ounces rice vermicelli noodles ½ lb. tiny cooked shrimp or ... Read More »

Grapefruit and Curry Shrimp Saute

Grapefruit

The tasty combination of grapefruit and shrimp surprised my tastebuds. Read More »