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Thai Spicy Mango Salad

Thai Spicy Mango Salad

I have a confession to make: I don’t particularly like salad. Most people are surprised by this as they think a health advocate must like salad. But plate of salad for lunch will make me very unhappy. Instead, I prefer my vegetables cooked. I like […]

Bubur Pulut Hitam in Slow-cooker (Black Glutinous Rice Dessert Soup)

Bubur Pulut Hitam in Slow-cooker (Black Glutinous Rice Dessert Soup)

“This dessert is so sinful!” I would hear my friends exclaim before digging into their sugar and flour laden dessert. But it doesn’t have to be so. Dessert can be a healthy treat. I always try to pick desserts made from nutritious ingredients like fruits, […]

Gula Melaka Agar-agar (Palm Sugar & Coconut Jelly)

Gula Melaka Agar-agar (Palm Sugar & Coconut Jelly)

Whenever there’s party, I love to bring jelly. Probably because for the longest time I didn’t have a stand mixer, so there’s not much dessert that I could make except for fruit skewers and jellies. But even after I got a stand mixer, I still […]

Easy Maggi Mee Goreng – 15 min + 5 ingredients

Easy Maggi Mee Goreng – 15 min + 5 ingredients

Malaysians must be serious about their food. We put extra time and effort to cook what otherwise should be ‘instant’ noodles, and created the wildly popular Maggi goreng. While sometimes I do wonder why I should order a plate of fried instant noodles, all thoughts […]

Quick & Easy Dal Curry

Quick & Easy Dal Curry

Dal curry used to be just a sauce I dip roti canai in at the mamak stalls. That was until I tasted the dal curry made from scratch at home. Homemade dal taste incredibly better than those found at mamak stalls; it’s thicker and richer. […]

Buddha’s Delight (Lo Hon Zai/ 罗汉菜)

Buddha’s Delight (Lo Hon Zai/ 罗汉菜)

Many Chinese begin the morning of Lunar New Year with Buddha’s Delight or Lo Hon Zai (simplified Chinese: 罗汉菜; traditional Chinese: 羅漢菜). As it’s a mixed vegetables dish, commonly known as chap chai (literally: mixed vegetables in Chinese). This dish is named as such because […]

Kimchi Pancake

Kimchi Pancake

My interested in Korean culture (and food) begins with the first episode of Dae Jang Geum (Jewel In The Palace), a super popular K-drama about a palace made who became the first female imperial doctor. Since a few years ago, I always have a packet […]

Easy Otak-Otak in 30 Minutes

Easy Otak-Otak in 30 Minutes

I have a thing for Nyonya food; I think I like the unique flavour combo of the many spices such as turmeric and daun kaduk (wild betel). Perhaps because Nyonya cuisine is influenced by the Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai and British, it tend to have […]

Thai Pandan Chicken

Thai Pandan Chicken

Although I’ve dined Rama V only once, I remembered it well. It was a beautiful restaurant furnished with wooden interior, surrounded by ponds with lotus blossoms and offered delectable Thai food. Naturally, I’m delighted to get my hands on Rama V Cookbook and marked many simpler recipes […]

Japanese Fried Chicken (Chicken Karaage/ から揚げ)

Japanese Fried Chicken (Chicken Karaage/ から揚げ)

As I believe in healthy and quick cooking, I avoid deep-frying food at home. But then, I do enjoy crispy anything;  I order them in small portion and make them for special occasion. But when I began making my own chicken karaage, I was afraid […]

Homemade Vegetable Stock

Homemade Vegetable Stock

Ever since reading all about the goodness of bone broth, I’ve been adding a lot more homemade broth into my diet and reducing use of store-bought stock in cubes. I make a huge batch during the weekend, freeze them and use them in my soups, […]

Easy Imitation Shark Fin Soup – 30 min

Easy Imitation Shark Fin Soup – 30 min

Chinese New Year, to me, always involves some kind of sharks fin soup – real or imitation. My late grandmother adored decadence. Every Chinese New Year, she would have a dozen of fresh chickens from the wet market delivered to her home and spend a […]