Asian

Easy Dry Prawn Curry (Prawn Paretal) – 7 Ingredients

Easy Dry Prawn Curry (Prawn Paretal) – 7 Ingredients

Aunty Clara cooks but rarely. Like many working mothers, she doesn’t want to toil in the kitchen but still enjoy making a delicious meal for her family. When she does cook, we do get quite fancy Indian meals (to me, least). One of my favourite […]

Easy Malaysian Sweet And Sour Crab

Easy Malaysian Sweet And Sour Crab

Sweet and Sour – among other flavours such as salted egg, kam hiong, black pepper, chili, and butter – is a popular flavour for seafood dishes. While I love all of them, sweet and sour style holds a special place in my heart. My parents used […]

Dried Shrimp / Udang Kering Powder (‘Homemade MSG’)

Dried Shrimp / Udang Kering Powder (‘Homemade MSG’)

Do you know that besides the four basic taste (i.e sweet, sour, salty, and bitter), there’s another flavour called umami? A Japanese scientist managed to extract a substance called glutamate from kombu seaweed and discovered that its combination with salt creates a ‘pleasant savoury taste’.  That is […]

Thai Lemongrass Chicken Satay

Thai Lemongrass Chicken Satay

I rely on quick and easy recipes for everday cooking. But when I cook for a party, I put in extra effort to make amazing food that makes people go wow!. Sometimes, good food takes time. This is one of them. You will have to […]

Hyacinth Bean Soup / Pang Pi Dou Tang (彭皮豆湯) – 7 Ingredients

Hyacinth Bean Soup / Pang Pi Dou Tang (彭皮豆湯) – 7 Ingredients

Even if you love Chinese soup, you may not heard of this ‘pang pi dou tang’ (彭皮豆湯). Hyacinth beans or Egyptian Kidney Beans, also known as pang pei dau in Cantonese, is not easily available. Ingredients Information: Hyacinth Bean Unlike commercialised vegetables such as long […]

Calamansi & Sour Plum Juice (Limau Asam Boi/ 桔子酸梅) – 3 Ingredients

Calamansi & Sour Plum Juice (Limau Asam Boi/ 桔子酸梅) – 3 Ingredients

If you’re visiting Malaysia, one of the drinks you must try in this beautiful tropical country is Limau Asam Boi or Kat Chai Suen Mui (桔子酸梅), in Malay and Cantonese respectively. This drink is a thirst quencher favoured by most Malaysians on a hot day. It’s […]

Okra / Ladies Finger with Sambal Belacan

Okra / Ladies Finger with Sambal Belacan

Malaysians are crazy about sambal belacan – a blend of hot red chili and umami fermented shrimp paste. It is then balanced with sugar and something sour such as lime juice or tamarind. One of the most popular dishes in the Nyonya and Malay community […]

Kuih Keria/ Malaysian Sweet Potato Doughnuts – 5 Ingredients

Kuih Keria/ Malaysian Sweet Potato Doughnuts – 5 Ingredients

Kuih Keria is arguably my favourite doughnut. Not just because it’s delicious, but it is as healthy as a doughnut can be. While Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts are made from flour and sugar, our local doughnut is made mostly from sweet potato. Although this […]

Eight Treasure Tonic (Pat Chan Tong / Ba Zhen Tang / 八珍汤)

Eight Treasure Tonic (Pat Chan Tong / Ba Zhen Tang / 八珍汤)

Pat Chan Soup (八珍汤) was the punishment to puberty. My mother forced me to drink this super bitter medicinal soup at the end of every menstrual cycle. It was a monthly torture. I hated it so much that I secretly throw away the bowl of […]

Red Dates Tonic (紅棗水) – 3 Ingredients

Red Dates Tonic (紅棗水) – 3 Ingredients

Since I hit puberty, my mother started making for me two types of drink: a very bitter medicinal soup called ‘Pat ChanTong’ (八珍汤) and Red Dates Tonic (紅棗水). Though I hated the former, I could tolerate the latter. My mother made it almost every week. […]

Vegetarian Fried Prawns/ Fried Cauliflower

Vegetarian Fried Prawns/ Fried Cauliflower

On the first day of Chinese New Year, every year without fail, my relatives will pay a visit to the Buddhist temple. Although neither a believer or a vegetarian, I do enjoy the special plant and soy-based dishes prepared for the festivity. Among my favourites […]

Easy Malaysian Rasam (Indian Soup) – 10 Ingredients

Easy Malaysian Rasam (Indian Soup) – 10 Ingredients

Do you know the sour, spicy, and rather pungent soup served in small metal bowl when you have banana leaf rice? It’s called rasam. It wasn’t love at first taste. I didn’t learn to like it until a few years back. The spice can be […]