Asian

Steam Tofu With Fish Paste & Oyster Sauce – 10 min

Steam Tofu With Fish Paste & Oyster Sauce – 10 min

As my family is Hakka descent, we love making typical Hakka dishes like Yong Tau Foo and Hakka Stuffed Oyster. I remember we have Yong Tau Foo almost every week! My father would buy huge tenggiri (mackerel) from Pudu market, and my mother will be scrapping […]

Flower Crab Congee (Fa Hai Chuk / 花蟹粥)

Flower Crab Congee (Fa Hai Chuk / 花蟹粥)

Instead of the usual chicken congee, why not make flower crab congee instead? Unlike mud crabs, flower crabs are not sold alive therefore easier to handle. Chuck the crabs, rice and aromatic ingredients into the PHILIPS All-in-one cooker, cook under pressure and have a sea-flavoured […]

Sardine Peratal – 5 ingredients, 10 min

Sardine Peratal – 5 ingredients, 10 min

I first tasted sardine paratel at a cafe which offers modern local cuisine. One of their most popular sandwich is toasted bread with sardine paratel fillings. The common canned sardine is made so much more interesting with spices; browned onions, fragrant curry leaves, and hot […]

Authentic Penang Asam Laksa

Authentic Penang Asam Laksa

If there’s one dish that I am crazy about, it must be asam laksa. This noodle has all combination of flavours: sour, spicy, sweet, salty, and umami. The thick broth made from local spices, tamarind, and fish flakes is divine. My love for asam laksa is beyond […]

Easy Punjabi Chicken Curry

Easy Punjabi Chicken Curry

If soup is my comfort food, curry is a treat. Soup soothes my soul, but curry stirs excitement. What kind of spices is in the curry? Are there potatoes in it? Will it be too spicy? The thing with curries is that you’ll never know […]

Easy Soya Milk Longan Pudding – 5 ingredients

Easy Soya Milk Longan Pudding – 5 ingredients

People often say: never trust a thin cook. Well, you can trust that a thin cook cooks food that keeps you slim. My palate naturally gravitates to light and healthier food. I’ll choose asam laksa over char koay teow, and kuih bingka over pisang goreng. When I […]

Easy Teriyaki Chicken in AirFryer

Easy Teriyaki Chicken in AirFryer

For years I’ve been persuading my busy friends to occasionally make home-cooked food to nourish themselves. I know it’s hard – most of them are young professionals with no time, skills, or interest to cook. But learning to cook for yourself (even if once in […]

Chawanmushi (Japanese Steamed Egg) – 5 ingredients

Chawanmushi (Japanese Steamed Egg) – 5 ingredients

When I eat out, it is mostly to hang out with friends; food is secondary. We’ll try new restaurants (normally hipster-ish) and talk more than we eat. When I do go out for lunch to fill my stomach, I almost always choose Japanese food. The […]

Japanese Spinach Salad (Ohitashi) – 4 ingredients + 5 min

Japanese Spinach Salad (Ohitashi) – 4 ingredients + 5 min

One of my constant battle in eating well is consuming enough leafy vegetables; Malaysian food is severely lacking in greens. In Vietnam, each dish comes with a huge plate of local vegetables and herbs. In Japan and Korea, where presentation of food is very important, […]

Japanese Stock (Dashi With Kombu & Bonito Flakes) – 3 ingredients

Japanese Stock (Dashi With Kombu & Bonito Flakes) – 3 ingredients

Japanese cuisine has a special place in my heart. At sixteen, I went on a student exchange programme to a little town in Ishikawa called Komatsu (小松市). Then, the ignorant teenager that I was thought the Japanese only raw food like sushi and sashimi, both […]

Old Cucumber Soup (Lou Wong Kua Tong/ 老黃瓜湯)

Old Cucumber Soup (Lou Wong Kua Tong/ 老黃瓜湯)

Image credit: Sammie Tan of Grey Rabbit Studio A comfort soup with ‘cooling’ properties, perfect for the hot weather. Slow cooking this soup will soften the mature melon, and extract the maximum umami flavour from the dried seafood, and the natural sweetness of the dates. […]

Easy Malaysian Hokkien Mee Noodles – 10 ingredients

Easy Malaysian Hokkien Mee Noodles – 10 ingredients

During my growing years, sometimes I eat up to two bowls of rice for dinner. Despite my mother preparing lavish meals with at least four different dishes (excluding Chinese soup), my siblings and I will still be hungry near bedtime. We will then voice our plight […]