grains, noodles and rice

toasts LS

home toast at high noon

Because shaving, drizzling, sprinkling, melting, and drizzling down your chin–all the decadence belonging to the home toast experience-is gross and unwelcome at the office.


Asian households almost always have cooked rice on hand. Sri Lankan households almost always have rice and dhal.
chicken soup and rice

first taste: soup and rice

Thank you, Maurice Sendak, for inspiring irreverent, honest, wildness in all of us. My small homage can't begin to express your influence.

cabbage “risotto”

Ok not really risotto. This was a soup into which I decided to add a lot more rice because I was hungry. Great idea, it turns out.

jenny’s sichuan chili noodles

My friend Jenny was in town and we cooked together at my place where I finally got to see how she made her famous rice noodles: tossed in a Sichuan chili paste, sesame oil, light soy sauce, a dash of hoisin and more Sichuan peppercorn than I would ever have thought to use.

tempered rice

Think of this as Sri Lankan fried rice, butter-fried rice, or as it is known back home, tempered rice.