sambal-kangkong

Sambal kangkong with shrimp paste

Having just recently discovered the myriad of kangkong recipes in various Asian cuisines, my kangkong world has expanded by leaps and bounds. How was I to know that by simply changing the spelling of kangkong into kangkung or by splitting kang kong into two words, I'd … [Read more...]

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Mi Goreng (fried noodles)

A dish descended from the Chinese chow mein. It's mi goreng or mie goreng in Indonesia; mee goreng or mi goreng in Malaysia. It is ubiquitous in both countries, and in Singapore too, where it is often sold as hawker food. Whatever the spelling, it translates to "fried … [Read more...]

rice-biryani

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, … [Read more...]

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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 … [Read more...]

lemon-soy-lo-mein

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 … [Read more...]

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How to make: 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 … [Read more...]

roti-john

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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [Read more...]