Rice, biryani style

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If I had saffron water to drizzle over the rice after cooking, and if I had used cashew nuts instead of peanuts, this would be a more authentic biryani. Well, whatever "authentic" means considering that biryani is found in the cuisines of more than a … [Read more...]

Eggless Asian noodles: ready in two minutes

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During the months when I was battling an egg-and-chicken allergy, I bought a lot of substitutes so I wouldn't have to miss my favorite foods. For instance, noodles. I love Asian style noodles especially stir fried egg noodles whether in the form of lo … [Read more...]

Roti John

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When Speedy saw Bobby Chin making Roti John in an episode of Cafe Asia, he promised he'd make Roti John at home. And he did.A popular hawker food in Malaysia and Singapore, Roti John is a sandwich and omelet in one. Beef, eggs, chopped shallots and … [Read more...]

Sambal fried rice

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Sambal is a chili-based sauce. It is found in the cuisine of many Southeast Asian countries including Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. To make sambal, chilis are crushed with other spices, sometimes with shrimps and fish, and ground to a … [Read more...]

Hainanese chicken rice

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Last night, there was a replay of the No Reservations episode shot in Singapore and, suddenly, I missed Singapore. I love the vibrancy of that city-state -- the food stalls where the food is so good it seems silly to go to pricey restaurants, the shops in … [Read more...]

Kaya toast, Singapore’s national breakfast dish

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I spent my last day in Singapore taking the train from the airport to the Singapore IT Expo (SITEX) and back. There was a "left baggage" service where I dumped my bags for a fee so I could spend the morning hunting for camera lenses at, hopefully, bargain … [Read more...]