Banana (milk) pudding with misugaru wafers

This recipe is inspired by my dear friend, Ellie. She is one of the smartest, wisest, and funniest Korean Americans I have ever met, and she also makes a mean banana pudding. Seriously, she could put Magnolia Bakery out of business. However, Ellie recently moved to New York, aka the home of Magnolia Bakery, so…

Blueberry-olive oil friand, lemon curd, mascarpone sorbet

This recipe is a tweak on a dish I have been making for years. Blueberry, olive oil, and lemon have found themselves in several of my cakes ever since I found out that olive oil cake is a thing. This particular rendition came about when I was cooking with my friend Carolyn, and we wanted…

Prickly pear-blackberry sorbet

I love using cactus pear (also called prickly pear or xoconostle) in sorbets. One of the first ice creams I have ever made was actually a prickly pear-orange sorbet back in my sophomore year of college (where I didn’t even have an ice cream machine, just an immersion blender). For this recipe, I added in…

Strawberry mirror glaze shortcake

This recipe came about because I wanted to do some sort of take on strawberry shortcake, but I didn’t exactly know what kind of dessert I wanted to do. Then I started to remember this dessert I had at Melisse in Santa Monica a few years back, and it was this pain per du (French…

Matcha sugar doughnuts

For my Advanced Food and Beverage concept, BA- (a 2 1/2 in one Japanese dining experience), we featured a morning bakery called Panya, which would turn into an izakaya (Japanese gastropub) at night. Panya boasted a lot of cute and simple baked goods and doubled as a cafe in the morning. One of our signatures…

Toasted soy chiffon cake with lemon curd cream and blackberries

So I first came up with this concept because my parents needed me to prepare a dessert for their friend’s 4th of July party (that I wasn’t even invited to)….bastards. Since they were all old anyways, my parents told me specifically to use less sugar….I’m starting to feel less salty about not being invited. No…

Chocolate-raspberry meringue pie

  The first time I ever made a chocolate-meringue pie was for a Thanksgiving Potluck in the School of Hospitality Administration. Fun fact: the school called it a potluck, but it was actually just me and three other culinary learning assistants who slave labored catered the entire thing. I had to prepare five desserts with enough…

Matcha hokkaido cupcakes

I’ve been craving Hokkaido styled cupcakes ever since I saw them in the display of a bakery in Nagoya last summer. These cute little cupcakes with a tiny dollop of cream. Simple and cute is the easiest way to describe them. These kinds of cupcakes are often described as cloud-like, which is why I opted…

Peach and white chocolate upsidedown pound cakes

I literally made this recipe out of boredom. Now I could give you guys a long-winded story about how I went every summer eating white peaches grown from our backyard and how it made me look forward to the summer every year (this is a true story btw), but that’s not what I’m in the…

Ube souffle pancakes

I love ube. Ube is a purple yam indigenous to Asia and it’s great for making many desserts with. Souffle pancakes, also called shiawase pancakes, are a very popular breakfast item or snack in Japan, known for their fluffy texture. Combine them together and theoretically, it should be a social media phenomenon. For my recipe,…

Honey pie with a Mediterranean twist

Honey pies. Yeah, being raised by immigrants, I had no fucking clue what that was growing up. But after hearing about it when I visited Greece, I figured, why not do some research on how to make this unusual dessert? The texture of the filling is almost like a rich pumpkin pie while the flavors…

Seashell macaron with key lime kaya

I was actually inspired to do these macarons by two different things. First, my visit to Montage Resort in Laguna Beach. Secondly, a video on Instagram, where I saw people making these. I wanted to keep these macaron on the tropical side, so I filled with with kaya, which is a Malaysian coconut-egg jam, though…