Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma is one of those universally loved foods. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t swoon at the thought of a good shawarma sandwich. Even Tony Stark craved for it after winning the Battle of New York. I usually get my shawarma fix at this neighborhood joint around the corner from my apartment. Sadly, after 8 years of weekly Tuesday shawarma dinners, I moved to an area where there are no Lebanese or Middle Eastern restaurants. Driving back to my old haunt was time consuming and inconvenient, so…

Maafe

Maafe

My first exposure with Maafe was with a Trader Joe’s frozen dinner called Grains, Greens, and Beans. I fell in love with the deep and savory peanut sauce, but found the lack of protein in it a bit unsatisfying. I did a bunch of research on its origin, and found out that it is a Western African dish originally from the Mandinka and Bambara tribe of Mali. It is referred to as groundnut stew, and various interpretations are found all over Western and Central Africa. The base is the rich and…

Chicken Amok

Chicken Amok

When Nick and I went to Cambodia last year, we weren’t expecting much in terms of the cuisine. We’ve been very spoiled with good quality Thai and Vietnamese food here in Chicago. Almost all that we’ve read about Cambodia inferred that their cuisine is inferior compared to that of its more well-known neighbors. We flew to Siem Reap for one reason, and that is to see the Angkor Wat. We figured we could make do with the food during our three day stay there. We were proven wrong on our…