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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Easy Chinese Chives Pancake – 3 main ingredients

Easy Chinese Chives Pancake – 3 main ingredients

“Who eats vegetables for breakfast?” he asked when I help myself with ratatouille during breakfast in a hotel at Paris recently. “The French?” I replied. “Weird” said he. This is another dish I make to include more vegetables into my love one’s diet. How do you […]

Steam Tofu With Fish Paste & Oyster Sauce – 10 min

Steam Tofu With Fish Paste & Oyster Sauce – 10 min

As my family is of 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]