Posts by Lydian Shipp

Myanmar Vegan Tofu Curry in Tomato Sauce

Vegan tofu curry is one of my favorite dishes to make. It’s the vegan cousin of the more traditional Burmese egg curry. It’s best to use fresh tomatoes in this dish since they provide much more flavor than sauce. Make sure you boil them though! Boiling removes the slightly tart flavor of the tomatoes and…

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Easy Asian Baked Tofu

This baked tofu recipe is great for a snack or as part of a variety of delicious tofu-based recipes. From salads to curries, this tofu has a nice, neutral Asian flavor that will go well in just about any Asian dish that requires some yummy, lightly crisped tofu. I’ve tried to make tofu multiple times,…

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Chocolate Chip-Mucuna Bean Happiness Cookies

I used regular wheat flour in this recipe, but you can easily make these cookies gluten-free if needed. For example, since the majority of wheat flour in the US is brominated, you may choose to use alternatives even if you don’t have a sensitivity to wheat. Or maybe you’re avoiding wheat for other reasons! Whatever…

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Chocolate-Avocado Pudding – VEGAN and SUGAR-FREE

Chocolate-avocado pudding is one of the easiest and most flavorful desserts that I have in my repertoire. It’s the best of everything: healthy, fast, and decadent. Avocados are a source of all kinds of healthy fats, besides also being a good source of magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin E, potassium, vitamin C, and folate (among other…

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Burmese Vegetarian Mohinga Recipe

Mohinga (မုန့်ဟင်းခါး in Burmese) is sometimes called the “national dish” of Myanmar. Traditionally, mohinga is a lentil soup made with fish, but this recipe is a vegetarian mohinga recipe. It can be made vegan by simply removing the eggs. Although not laden with the classic fish flavor, my Myanmar husband still says that this mohinga…

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Burmese Coconut Noodles (Ohn No Khao Swe) — Bagan, Myanmar/Burma

Ohn No Khao Swe (အုန်းနို့ခေါက်ဆွဲ in Burmese) literally means “Coconut Milk Noodles”. It’s a classic Burmese dish full of rich, flavorful ingredients. When I made this dish while I was living in Myanmar with my husband, my kitchen was very limited (ahem, it was a hot plate on a countertop, plus a rice cooker and a cutting…

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Burmese Chicken Curry

Burmese chicken curry is a staple Myanmar dish that is simple, nutritious, and flavorful. This authentic Burmese chicken curry recipe was inspired by my mother-in-law’s chicken curry recipe that she makes every time that my husband and I visit her village. Although, this version does have MUCH less oil (Myanmar curries are notoriously oily, though…

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What is Dragon Fruit and What is it Good For?

What is Dragon Fruit? Dragon fruit is a flamboyant, brightly colored fruit originating from Central America that possesses a delicious taste and is full of valuable nutrients. The fruit is best known for its extravagant decoration and unique name. Dragon fruit is also commonly known as pitaya (sometimes spelled pitahaya), naga fruit, moonlovers, night-blooming Cereus,…

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Hotel Survival – Southeast Asia Edition

One of the unfortunate things about Bagan, Myanmar is that, at the time of this writing, it’s not possible to rent an Airbnb apartment anywhere in the area. Although it’s not that surprising that there wouldn’t be Airbnb or other vacation rental stays in Bagan (disregarding the legal status of these stays), I can’s tay…

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Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines – Grocery Stores and Markets

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a place with a thriving Caribbean culture and a delicious, unique culinary scene. I can confidently say that I liked Kingstown, the capital of SVG, even despite the fact that it’s one of the largest cities on the island. A firmly Christian nation, it’s important to note that almost…

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