Tom Kha Kai- Laos

It’s finally getting cold, and this spicy coconut soup from Laos is the perfect way to warm up! It’s almost like Thai green curry, but in soup form. I drank it by itself, but you could certainly add some rice noodles or rice to make a heartier meal. I’m always in favor of a heartier…

Borsok- Kyrgyzstan

Borsok (Also spelled Bursuk, Boorsok, Borsook, and, Borcoc, with both the ’s’ and’k’ sound) is eaten all over central Asia, and I cannot believe I’ve never made this before. See, Borsok are essentially donuts- the Kyrgyz equivalent of Krispy Kreme. Say Kyrgyz Krispy Kreme 5 times fast. They can also be savory, if you don’t…

Honey Cake-Kuwait

Look, it doesn’t get much better than this. A light, fluffy, spongy cake, soaked in syrup and topped with honey and nuts.  INGREDIENTS Cake: 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons greek yogurt 1/4 cup flour Syrup: 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 1/2 tablespoons butter 2…

Ajvar- Kosovo

Ajvar is a type of pepper relish. It has garlic, roasted red peppers, and you can spread it on bread. I’m sold. It’s the simplest thing in the world to make, and barely takes 10 minutes. If you already have jarred roasted red peppers, it’ll take maybe 5 minutes. Perfect if you need to make…

Bibimbap- South Korea

I didn’t know whether to put this one in the S category, or the K category. Since I’m not posting a recipe for North Korea, I thought I’d stick it here. Bibimbap has a million different variations, but this is the one I’ve eaten my whole life. I’d take kimchi pork over bibimbap any day-…

Mandazith- Kenya

It took me 5 minutes to type out “Mandazith”. It kept correcting to mandatory. See, autocorrect can turn Mandazithto mandatory, but can’t turn ronnirw into tomorrow? Really? Do better, autocorrect, or I’ll have to learn how to spell (if anyone who works at Yale is reading this, I definitely know how to spell tomorrow. And…

Manti- Kazakhstan

Hear me out: pumpkin, but in beef. Pumpkin is so ignored, except in the fall time when we bow down to our orange overlords. There’s a great chance for a joke about the president here, but I’m not going to go there, because I’m practicing restraint, which is a hard thing to practice around these…

Mujaddara- Joran

This is a simple dish, and a comfort dish that is made all over the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa- although it varies in spices and flavoring, rice and lentils are a classic dish from those parts of the world. INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup rice 3/4 cup brown lentils 2 cups water 1/2 onion…

Udon-Japan

Look, this was the best I could do. Within 50 miles, the most authentic ingredients I can find is the tiny “Asian” shelf in the grocery store. Pre-cooked udon noodles, baby bella mushrooms, soy sauce, and miso paste (intended for soup) will have to do. Because it’s 3000 degrees outside (what happened to spring? Spring,…

Split Pea Stew with Leaves and Dumplings

It took me longer to write the stupid title than it did to make the actual recipe. Is it stew? Is it soup? Should I specify I used spinach? Should I leave it abstract? Should I make like the president and outright lie and claim I used kale when in fact I did not, and…