Patricia Tanumihardja

Patricia Tanumihardja
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Patricia has lived on three continents. Her favorite pastimes include talking to farmers, cooking with grandmothers, and searching for  offbeat vegetables.

Patricia Tanumihardja
Patricia's Featured Recipe
Nepalese Nine-Bean Soup 

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Patricia Tanumihardja is a freelance writer specializing in food, travel, and the study of culture. Her multicultural background and extensive travels inform and influence her work, she says.


Patricia’s first cookbook is a compilation of Asian family recipes and stories called The Asian Grandmothers Cook Book. Many of the recieps have been handed down through the generations and in families. The author says that a number of them are appearing in written form for the first time in her book.


She has written for publications such as Coastal Living, Edible SeattleMonterey County WeeklySaveur, and Sunset


Patricia lives in Arlington, Virginia. 

Blog and website:  asiangrandmotherscookbook and


Latest Recipes

Filipino Fried Noodles

Pancit is probably one of the most well-known Filipino dishes. In the Filipino vernacular, pancit simply refers to noodles. This version ...

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Korean Barbecued Beef Short Ribs

All Korean grandmothers have their own little secrets for making and tenderizing kalbi. Soda, sugar, and Asian pears are all common tende...

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Nepalese Nine-Bean Soup 

Healthful and simple, this nutritious soup is named for the nine different beans that go into it. In Nepal, kawatee is eaten during the h...

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Spiced Chayote and Peas

The original version of this Bengali recipe uses white pumpkin (Benincasa hispida) that is cultivated extensively in India. It’s hard to ...

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Beef, Tomato, and Pepper Stir-Fry

Don’t let the various steps in this popular Cantonese dish fool you; it’s fairly easy to make and the results are delicious. As with all ...

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Thai Basil Pork 

This versatile recipe is a Thai favorite that often appears at breakfast or on the dinner table as part of a family-style meal. Ground po...

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Caramelized Chicken with Lemongrass and Chilies

The subtle, citrusy scent of lemongrass, the bittersweet flavor of caramel, and the heat of red chilies marry very well in this popular V...

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Japanese Beef and Vegetable Hot Pot 

Sukiyaki was one of the few Japanese dishes Grandma Kimiye Hayashi cooked for her children when they were growing up. She would throw in ...

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Tangy Tomato Shrimp

By cooking the shrimp in their shells, all the moisture is preserved and the shrimp meat remains nice and plump. For Hong Kong-born May L...

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Sweet and Savory Rice Noodles 

When Churairat Huyakorn owned a Thai restaurant in Bremerton, Washington, pad see ew was one of her most popular dishes. She developed a ...

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