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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. […]

Pink Pittaya Smoothie Bowl – 5 ingredients + 5 min

Pink Pittaya Smoothie Bowl – 5 ingredients + 5 min

One weekend, after hiking and intense squat exercise at a hill near where I live, I found myself in a hipster cafe. This modern cafe is furnished with wooden fittings, offers smoothie bowls, cold-pressed juice, and other superfood-laden dishes. My exercise buddies and I thought: how […]

Easy Claypot Chicken Rice In Rice Cooker – 6 Ingredients

Easy Claypot Chicken Rice In Rice Cooker – 6 Ingredients

Claypot chicken rice is one of Malaysian’s favourite dish and can be easily made at home. There are many variation of it. My favourite version is in my ‘One Pot Wonders’ cookbook which includes flavourful ingredients like salted fish, sesame oil, pepper and belacan chili. Instead […]

Sambal Belacan Chili Dip – 6 ingredients

Sambal Belacan Chili Dip – 6 ingredients

Like a typical Malaysian, I love dipping almost everything edible into chili. One of my absolute favourite is the spicy belacan dip that my mother often keeps in her fridge. She serves it with all kind of dishes such as claypot chicken rice and bihun. […]

Tomyum Fried Bihun With Spices

Tomyum Fried Bihun With Spices

When my siblings and I were little, my Mom loves cooking fried bihun for us for lunch. Now I know why – it’s an easy way to feed four children in under half an hour. Nowadays, when I’m commissioned to bring something heavy (carbs) for a […]

Fish Maw Herbal Soup

Fish Maw Herbal Soup

Every Reunion Dinner, my family will either make Buddha Jump Over The Wall (佛跳墙) or Fish Maw Soup. Since I strongly oppose to eating Shark’s fin, now that I take over from my mother in preparing Chinese New Year feast for my family, I will […]

Thai Chilli Salt (Prik-kab-klua) – 3 ingredients 

Thai Chilli Salt (Prik-kab-klua) – 3 ingredients 

I know that not everyone like vegetables, but it’s news to me that some people dislike fruits. How can it be? Fruits are so sweet and delicious! When I try to cajole these fruits-hater from taking a bite, they casually said “I don’t need fruits, […]

Rainbow Roasted Vegetable Soup

Rainbow Roasted Vegetable Soup

Whenever I feel that I don’t eat enough vegetables, this is what I’ll make. This hearty soup contains vegetables in variety of colours – red, orange, yellow, green and white – which gives the soup different phytonutrient (beneficial nutrient for human body which also serves […]

Hakka Yam Abacus Seeds With Vegetables (Suen Poon Chi/ 算盘子)

Hakka Yam Abacus Seeds With Vegetables (Suen Poon Chi/ 算盘子)

Lunar New Year to Orientals is like Christmas to Westerners. It is the most beloved and anticipated festival of the year. When I was a kid, I looked forward to buying and wearing new clothes, playing with my cousins, visiting relatives, receiving angpao (red envelopes/ 紅包) and […]

Thai Salad Dressing

Thai Salad Dressing

Instead of just shopping at Bangkok, I did something far more exciting: joining a cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu. I’ve learned to make many dishes such as delicious pork skewers. We made many curry and pastes, such as the complicated massaman curry. Despite all […]