Malaysian

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. […]

Easy Malaysian Hokkien Mee Noodles – 10 ingredients

Easy Malaysian Hokkien Mee Noodles – 10 ingredients

During my growing years, sometimes I eat up to two bowls of rice for dinner. Despite my mother preparing lavish meals with at least four different dishes (excluding Chinese soup), my siblings and I will still be hungry near bedtime. We will then voice our plight […]

Crispy Pork Lard (Chu Yau Char/ 猪油渣)

Crispy Pork Lard (Chu Yau Char/ 猪油渣)

Crispy pork lard has a bad reputation of clogging arteries and hence shortening one’s life. But I am raised in a family which has a good relationship with food – no matter how ‘unhealthy’ some food are claimed to be. We happily eat everything in […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dried Shrimps Sambal

Dried Shrimps Sambal

I was like most children; I hated vegetables (except spinach because when I was a kid I liked Popeye). My poor mother had to cook spinach for me everyday, and my poor siblings got so fed up of it. She tried various ways to make […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Easy Hakka Fried Pork Belly With Red Fermented Beancurd (Hakka Char Yuk/ 客家炸肉)

Easy Hakka Fried Pork Belly With Red Fermented Beancurd (Hakka Char Yuk/ 客家炸肉)

Being a Hakka descent, I have this dish quite often while I was growing up. However, my family’s eating habit changed over the years. We try to have more vegetables and less meat. When we do have meat, it’s normally steamed or braised. I’ve almost […]

Kaduk Omelette

Kaduk Omelette

Since I started gardening, I realise that there are plenty of local herbs and vegetables that we have forgotten. Have you heard of Indian Borage or Daun Kaduk? Perhaps their lack of popularity makes them hardly available in the market. It’s such as pity as […]

Yoghurt With Nangka & Gula Melaka

Yoghurt With Nangka & Gula Melaka

Imagine thick creamy yoghurt sweeten with fragrant gula melaka and topped with grilled sweet nangka. Oh, it’s the perfect blend of flavour and texture – sweet and  sour, creamy and chewy…I’ve first tasted this dessert at a hipster cafe in Georgetown, Penang. At Mugshot Cafe, they […]

MARMITE CHICKEN WINGS – 5 ingredients

MARMITE CHICKEN WINGS – 5 ingredients

Since last month, I’ve been throwing and attending a lot of house parties. And at house parties, we need finger food. What is better than chicken wings? I’ve been making baked chicken wings over and over again. I stumbled upon this recipe by accident. While […]