All About Eggplants: Episode Ten | What the F is this?!

Today we are talking about the infamous eggplant, as in the vegetable from the nightshade family, not any other kinda eggplants! Eggplants, or aubergine or brinjal, all used to be white and egg shaped, hence the name, but over time the more insect-resistant and drought-tolerant purple globe eggplant won out, which is why you won’t […]

heirloom tomato slices

Heirloom Tomatoes: Episode Ten | What the F is this?!

Tomatoes – you’ve probably met these guys before, and most likely you’ve encountered the Hybrids. They’re the ones available year round in the grocery store – super red, thick skinned, very firm – you know the kind? They’re not bad, they’re just bred to resist diseases, store and travel well… which isn’t necessarily the qualities […]

sambar cucumber

Sambar Cucumber: Episode Nine | What the F is this?!

What is a Sambar Cucumber? It is summertime and peak farmer’s market season here in the Bay, and we stumbled on this crazy looking cucumber last week so we knew we had to make another episode of “What the F Is This?!”. Apparently, these dinosaur looking eggs are called Sambar (Sambhar) cucumber, after the signature […]

Soft tofu

Tofu: Episode Eight | What the F is this?!

What is Tofu? After all the fun we had learning about soy sauce, we decided to dive deep on another common but easily overlooked ingredient: tofu! Tofu is also known as “bean curd” and is essentially solid white blocks of coagulated and pressed soy milk of varying softness that ranges from silken to extra firm. […]

different types of soy sauce

Soy Sauce: Episode Seven | What the F is this?!

What is Soy Sauce? Soy Sauce is one of those ubiquitous, so common you don’t give it a second thought item, just like salt. And unfortunately, like salt, most recipes don’t specify anything when calling for soy sauce, which can make such a difference to your dish. Soy Sauce is traditionally made from the fermentation […]

soy sauce marinaded chicken

Soy Sauce Marinade

Here’s our go to soy sauce marinade that we like to use for any protein. It’s savory, sweet, and garlicky – but you can change it depending on the ratios or even the type of soy sauce you use! Learn more about the soy sauce here or check out our “What the F is this?” […]

soy sauce glaze on (mitarashi) dango

Soy Sauce Glaze

Here’s our favorite soy sauce glaze that we like to brush on anything we’ve roasted, torched or seared. It’s thick, glossy, and savory but not too salty. You can adjust it depending on the ratios or even the type of soy sauce you use! Learn more about the soy sauce here or check out our […]

Braised Korean Radish Tacos

Braised Korean Radish Tacos

Mexican food is one of our favorite things to eat and with our latest efforts in eating less meat, we wanted to make some tacos out of this ingredient. Since radish is rather mild in flavor, we need to introduce some flavor, which we can do by braising. Learn more about the Korean radish here. […]

Korean Radish & Mango Salad

Korean Radish & Mango Salad

There’s no better way to enjoy Korean radish raw than in a refreshing salad! We were inspired by the Thai papaya salad, but this one is just simply sweet and bright – so let’s get into this great summer salad. Learn more about the Korean radish here. Carlienne’s Korean Radish & Mango Salad Materials Mixing […]

Korean Radish

Korean Radish: Episode Six | What the F is this?!

Not an unfamiliar ingredient, the Korean radish has always been one of those ingredients we see but walk right past because, well, it’s just a radish. However, launching this whole “What the F is this” series has given us confidence in trying new things or even things we have seen but just never got around […]