NYAA Adventurous Journey Reflection Post: How can we Conserve the Traditional Culture and Communities of Ladakh?

For my outdoor expedition, I visited Ladakh for 21 days during summer break. With breathtaking views, friendly people, unique culture and delicious food, Ladakh definitely became one of my favorite places in the world – I would love to visit again. Through interactions with the local Ladakhi people and simply being in the town of…

Cooking Process: Week 32

This was my last week in Japan. I flipped through the cooking magazine which I had bought the last day, and decided to cook the following for dinner: This is “Mapo nasu”, a version of “Mapo tofu” using nasu (eggplant) instead of tofu. The recipe also included tomatoes. Both eggplant and tomatoes are summer vegetables, which is the reason…

Cooking Process: Week 31

Together with my grandmother, I prepared dinner for my family. The “kondate”, menu ideas were all mine, and we started off by visiting the grocery store in the morning to buy the ingredients we needed. This is thin slices of pork with capsicums and long beans, stir-fried with soy sauce and “mirin”, sweet sake. It…

Cooking Process: Week 30

When I was struggling to come up with ideas of what to cook for dinner, my grandmother taught me a recipe over the phone. This is chicken thigh seasoned with salt and pepper, coated with starch and put in boiled water. This went amazingly well with ponzu sauce!  My grandmother’s tip was to place the…