Pan Asian: Chettinad Shrimp (South India) South Indian cuisine has a reputation for being some of spiciest, most flavorful food around. A lot of times, however, people mistakenly believe it is strictly vegetarian. Not so for Chettinad cuisine, which is the food of the Chettiars, a group of Tamils in southern India who do eat certain meats (i.e. mutton, chicken) and seafood. I first tried ...

Spice Lanka Serving Weekend Sri Lankan Buffet! My goto spot for Sri Lankan products has long been the friendly, mom-and-pop operation called Spice Lanka located in a Derwood, MD strip mall. There isn’t a thing you can get in Sri Lanka that Spice Lanka does not carry–including hot and fresh “short-eats,” or traditional Sri Lankan snacks, as well as labor intensive foods such as string hoppers, ...

Dinner Lab — Sri Lankan Supper Club Baltimore Before the end of last year, I did my first Dinner Lab event in Baltimore–a Sri Lankan supper for 66 people. It was held in a cool warehouse space in a very industrial part of town that I had never visited. I’ve actually been so busy that I am posting the pictures only now. The menu was identical to ...

Uzbek Cuisine @ The Silk Road Bistro (Baltimore) Uzbekistan. Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t. Herman Cain, the one-time, front-running Republican candidate for President in 2011, had absolutely no clue about who that country’s president was, and infamously stuttered, “Uzbecki, becki, beckistan” to buy some time. For the record, Uzbekistan, or more formally the Republic of Uzbekistan, lies smack dab in the middle of Central Asia, bordered by ...

Pan Asian: Sesame Beef with Bamboo Shoots (Vietnam) Happy Holidays to all of my subscribers, of whatever faith, in whatever country! The true sentiment of this time, I believe, is to be thankful for all that we have, and to be helpful to others in whichever way we can. In these trying times, we all need to think about how much we all have in common, and ...

Pan Asian: Sesame Beef with Bamboo Shoots (Vietnam) Happy Holidays to all of my subscribers, of whatever faith, in whatever country! The true sentiment of this time, I believe, is to be thankful for all that we have, and to be helpful to others in whichever way we can. In these trying times, we all need to think about how much we all have in common, and ...

Pan Asian: Garlic Squid with Celery (Szechuan, China) Regional flavors have arrived folks! In our culinary sophistication we have finally made it past such illusory categories as “Chinese” or “Indian” food to embrace regional cuisine. In a country as vast as China, we have finally acknowledged that people eat very differently in the various parts of the land. This particular dish belongs to a category of homestyle ...

Pan Asian: Garlic Squid with Celery (Szechuan, China) Regional flavors have arrived folks! In our culinary sophistication we have finally made it past such illusory categories as “Chinese” or “Indian” food to embrace regional cuisine. In a country as vast as China, we have finally acknowledged that people eat very differently in the various parts of the land. This particular dish belongs to a category of homestyle ...

Skiz Fernando on YouTube When I got into this cooking game some 8 years ago, I never dreamed I would be an executive chef at a restaurant, or write a cookbook, or even have my own line of spices. But a lot of hard work, and a passion for food has got me to where I am today. At my recent supper club in ...

Skiz Fernando on YouTube When I got into this cooking game some 8 years ago, I never dreamed I would be an executive chef at a restaurant, or write a cookbook, or even have my own line of spices. But a lot of hard work, and a passion for food has got me to where I am today. At my recent supper club in ...

Dinner Lab DC — Rice & Curry — Nov. 14/15 2014 Just came off back to back nights in DC doing two Dinner Labs events that served a total of 220 people. Dinner Lab is a company that regularly stages supper clubs across the country, allowing emerging chefs a chance to shine, and this was my first time working with them. After a hectic 2 days of prep in their DC ...

Dinner Lab DC — Rice & Curry — Nov. 14/15 2014 Just came off back to back nights in DC doing two Dinner Labs events that served a total of 220 people. Dinner Lab is a company that regularly stages supper clubs across the country, allowing emerging chefs a chance to shine, and this was my first time working with them. After a hectic 2 days of prep in their DC ...

Pan Asian: Honey Ginger Chicken (Vietnam) Here’s another quick, easy, and delicious one from the Pan Asian files. This one comes from Vietnam, which is one of my ultimate dining destinations. Like much Vietnamese food, this dish plays off the interaction of several tastes–sweet, salty, spicy, savory–though the heat, in this case, is a simple garnish of chili pepper strands. Five Spice Powder is a popular spice ...

Pan Asian: Honey Ginger Chicken (Vietnam) Here’s another quick, easy, and delicious one from the Pan Asian files. This one comes from Vietnam, which is one of my ultimate dining destinations. Like much Vietnamese food, this dish plays off the interaction of several tastes–sweet, salty, spicy, savory–though the heat, in this case, is a simple garnish of chili pepper strands. Five Spice Powder is a popular spice ...

Chilaw is a town smack dab in the center of Sri Lanka’s west coast–maybe 2 1/2 hours north of Colombo. It’s known for coconut estates and crabs and really any type of seafood since the town sits on a large freshwater lagoon. I have been there several times to see Leela, my aunt’s former cook, and once, I even ...

Chilaw is a town smack dab in the center of Sri Lanka’s west coast–maybe 2 1/2 hours north of Colombo. It’s known for coconut estates and crabs and really any type of seafood since the town sits on a large freshwater lagoon. I have been there several times to see Leela, my aunt’s former cook, and once, I even ...

Pan Asian: Baigan Bharta (Smoky Roasted Eggplant in Tomato Puree) – India  Baigan Bharta is an iconic dish that you’ve, no doubt, enjoyed at your local Indian eatery. It basically translates to “Eggplant with minced vegetables,” which is a description that hardly does justice to this delicious preparation. Complex, in a smoky, sweet, spicy, savory kind of way, Baigan Bharta thrills the taste buds, and without any animal fat, healthy to boot. ...

Pan Asian: Baigan Bharta (Smoky Roasted Eggplant in Tomato Puree) – India  Baigan Bharta is an iconic dish that you’ve, no doubt, enjoyed at your local Indian eatery. It basically translates to “Eggplant with minced vegetables,” which is a description that hardly does justice to this delicious preparation. Complex, in a smoky, sweet, spicy, savory kind of way, Baigan Bharta thrills the taste buds, and without any animal fat, healthy to boot. ...

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