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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 […]

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 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. […]

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 […]

Overnight Jamu Tonic in Thermos – 5 min

Overnight Jamu Tonic in Thermos – 5 min

I created this super easy recipe while playing with McCormick herbs and spices. I was invited by The Malaysian Women’s Weekly and McCormick to give a talk about the health benefit of herbs and spices, their convenience and how to use them. So I simplified […]