Banh Chung Vietnamese Steamed Rice Cakes

Banh Chung - Vietnamese steamed rice cakes

Here at Arousing Appetites we can think of no better way of bringing in the lunar new year than hitting the kitchen. This week, our taste buds turn to Vietnam’s new year specialty: banh chung, the square-shaped rice cake parcels filled with mung beans and pork. Têt – short for Têt Nguyen Dan – is … Read more

Japanese Rice Cake Snacks Recipe – Made with Salmon

Japanese Rice Cake Snacks Recipe with Salmon

If you’re new to eating Japanese rice cakes, the thought of making your own might seem a little intimidating. Don’t worry! It’s actually super easy and fun once you get the hang of it. It also has a familiar taste since it resembles sushi! What is Japanese Rice Cakes? Onigiri is a Japanese rice ball. … Read more

Mansaf: Jordanian Lamb, Yogurt & Rice Pilaf – Arousing Appetites

Traditional Jordanian Mansaf consisting of Lamb, Yogurt and Rice Pilaf

What is Mansaf? ( منسف ) Mansaf is a Jordanian lamb dish that consists of pieces of lamb, rice and yogurt. Mansaf is usually served in an aluminum tray with the meat surrounded by rice on one side and yogurt on the other. This particular rice dish is believed to have originated in Jordan, and … Read more

Arroz Mamposteao: Rice and Beans Recipe from Puerto Rico

This is Mamposteao! Puerto Rican dish made up of rice, sofrito, beans, cilantro and tomatoes

Sometimes the greatest surprises come in the smallest sizes. Such is certainly the case with Puerto Rico. For an island that’s only a maximum of 65km in height and 180km in width, it’s almost like it boasts an incredibly rich and diverse cuisine you would come to expect from a more massive land with a … Read more

Maqbous Omani Chicken Saffron Chana Dal Spiced Rice

Maqbous Omani chicken saffron chana dal spiced rice

Maqbous is a chicken and rice dish packed with a legion of spices and a sweet rosewater-raisin tang that hails from Oman in the south-eastern corner of the Arabian peninsula. It’s a close cousin of the Saudi kabsa, the Yemeni mandi, and the Indian biryani and reminds us a lot of Gambian benachin. Oman is one of the … Read more