papaya salad


İngredients i love

  • Gailaan – Available in the produce area of most Asian markets. with only tiny florets, İt’s main feature is it’s tender stalk. Read more here.
  • Soy pate – not easy to find, but a great vegan ingredient to add to sandwiches and snacks. Usually made in eastern Europe. Read more here.
  • Cauliflower- possibly the vegetable i use the most. Pureé into soups and sauces as a base with cashews, and leave some whole florets to add later.
  • Oh ricey! noodle packs – rice noodle based ramen packs. My personal favorite brand. Buy them by the 24 pc box!
  • Green papaya – Julienne to make variations of Thai papaya salad.
  • Crystal hot sauce- favorite all purpose Louisiana hot sauce. Less heat + more vinegar, I’ll use this when cooking down greens and in pasta jambalaya.
  • Maesri thai- canned Thai curry sauces, make it easy for quick meals.
  • Scallions – use a ton on everything
  • Chinese long beans. Read about them here.
  • Mushrooms
  • Baby bok Choi
  • Yo choy sum – very similar to Gailaan, but with a stronger mustard flavor.
  • Fried tofu – pre deep fried tofu, saves you the mess and hassle of doing it yourself.
  • better than bouillon – the REAL secret to amazing tasting sauces and soups! Read more here.
  • Light life sausage
  • Chao vegan slices

Making food

  • hot pot style cooking – one of the ways i like to prepare food for it’s simplicity and speed. Plus make a lot of food without involving a huge pot! – tutorial coming soon!
  • Baby corn elote – great side dish or snack – recipe coming soon
  • Papaya salad recipe
  • Vermicelli bowls
  • Toasts
  • Korma
  • Vegan pasta and veggies
  • Peanut sauce
  • Paella + risotto
  • vegan bahn mi recipe

kitchen tools

  • İmmersion blender
  • Tofu press
  • Julienne device
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Argentinian / Italian stovetop toaster
  • Gas one Korean cookstoves


  • Aldi
  • Grocery outlet ( west coast + Philly)
  • Asian markets
  • Super mercados
  • Farmers markets – it often works out that farmers markets and I, are not in the same place at the same time. But worth the special planning!
  • Food co-ops- often expensive, but i like to support co-ops- when i can. Usually very nice produce sections, and typically ethical operations.
  • Large chain health food stores- spouts and natural grocers are good for certain things. İ avoid whole foods most of the time.
  • Chain supermarkets – last resort when there really is nothing else.
  • Walmart Costco etc – I’m reluctant to use these places even as a last resort.