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-…

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…

Thai Green Curry

I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to make Thai curry at home. Red, green, panang, massaman- I’ve tried and failed to make them all. I didn’t know what I was doing wrong! Well, yes I did. I was using Japanese and Chinese ingredients for a Thai curry. So I finally went grocery shopping…

Lamb Kebabs- Iran

At any restaurant, if there are lamb kebabs on the menu, I will order that. I don’t care if there’s pasta. I don’t care if there’s kale caesar salad. I don’t care if there’s mac and cheese (technically, that’s a type of pasta, but I refuse to classify it as such). I want the kebabs….

Nasi Goreng-Indonesia

I love, love, love fried rice of any kind. I usually go the soy sauce, ginger honey, and rice vinegar route- I never thought about using tomato paste. And I always scrambled an egg in, instead of making an omelette. The point? Nasi Goreng is your standard fried rice after a makeover. Except instead of…

Kheer-India

Kheer is kind of like rice pudding- and is eaten all over India. Every state in India is like a different country, they all have their own languages and cuisines. I almost skipped this, because I didn’t want to take sides. But kheer? Kheer is everywhere. It’s usually eaten in the summer, but it’s just…

Shaky Beef

I had shaky beef in a DC restaurant a long time ago. It’s a classic Vietnamese dish of lemongrass flavored beef and vegetables. It’s my favorite Vietnamese dish. Well, except for bahn mis. And pho. And Bo luc lac. Fine, so I can’t choose my favorite. But shaky beef is definitely up there! It’s really…

Jollof Rice- Gambia

Okay, I’m going to make this quick. I’ve got about a hundred more countries to do, statistics lectures to catch up on, seven poems waiting to be analyzed, equations to be factored, two dogs that want to play fetch, and a partridge in a pear tree. Wait. Too early for that! Try telling Costco that….

Jambalaya

I like rice. I like, really like rice. I’ll take it any way I can get it- fried with egg, seasoned with paprika and put in enchiladas, biryani, khichidi, risotto, or simply topped with a runny egg. But one of my favorite ways to eat it is in jambalaya. It’s flavorful, surprisingly healthy, and really…

Risotto

WARNING: If you’re looking for a quick and painless dish, you’re in the wrong place. If you’re looking for the classiest comfort food there is, however, you’re in the right place. Risotto is a bit time-consuming, but then so are the best things in life- Gilmore Girls, jogging, raising chickens, impeachment. My mom (you knew…