First time cook? Following a recipe can lead to disaster.

Have you ever tried a recipe with three hundred plus review, only to be disappointed by the dish? You followed it completely to the tee, yet your result was not amazing like the other hundreds that have tried it. It has happened many times to me over the years as I learn to cook and experiment with food. And through it all, I learn to realise one thing: you cannot replicate taste from a recipe. To me, recipes are like roadmaps. I’ll pull it out, look at it a few time and then decides which would be the best course of …

How is Fish Sauce Made: A Visit With a Fish Sauce Maker

There were many times when the mention of fish sauce during dinner conversation at an Asian restaurant with non-Asian friends elicited disgust —that is, if the person I was walking to had heard of its existence. Some appreciated its role in southeast Asian food; others were repulsed by the thought of it. Even though I know it’s due to ignorance —the ones that were disgusted had heard it for the first time, it sill miffed me. I grew up with it. It isn’t something strange, it’s familiar, and infuses Asian dishes with so much flavour, if used properly. Fish sauce is not …

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