Rice, biryani style


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 dozen countries, including the Philippines, and none is exactly the same as another. But I didn't have saffron and cashew … [Read more...]

Hainanese Delights: barbecue and Hainanese chicken rice


If you Google "Hainanese Delights", the results will give you the web sites of (1) a restaurant in Penang, Malaysia and (2) write-ups and the Facebook page of a Philippine restaurant with the same name. Whether the Philippine Hainanese Delights is related to the Malaysian Hainanese Delights, I do not know. But, judging from the very different menus, I don't think they are … [Read more...]

Eggless Asian noodles: ready in two minutes


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 mein or show mein. But I couldn't eat egg noodles. I searched for good substitutes and found this.Asian noodles made … [Read more...]

Roti John


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 chili paste are stirred together and spread on a split French baguette. The bread is cooked in a pan, on both sides, then … [Read more...]

Sambal fried rice


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 paste.To make this fried rice, I combined sambal oelek (available in supermarkets), crushed galangal (also available in … [Read more...]

Hainanese chicken rice


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 the air-conditioned underground tunnel, the food, the train, the food... so, okay, yes, it's mostly the food. I had a … [Read more...]

Kaya toast, Singapore’s national breakfast dish


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 prices.SITEX was one crowded place and the day was terribly humid. I lasted there for about an hour. By the time I … [Read more...]