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Spicy mung bean sprouts and tofu

A variation of the chili eggplants. The same spice paste is used but this dish has more crisp to it. The fried tofu cubes add body and volume to the dish; the mung bean sprouts add a lightness and sweetness that is as refreshing as a sunny tropical day.For best results, … [Read more...]

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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Chili eggplants

On Asian Food Channel, there is a Malaysian cooking show that I can watch with the audio off. Yep, the talkies are in Malaysian but there are subtitles. I love that show although I can't even remember its name. The cook is a middle-aged woman who often wears her native garb. … [Read more...]

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Steamed sticky rice and pork wrapped in banana leaves

The Chinese zongzi -- sticky rice wrapped in leaves then steamed -- has many variations all over Asia. Some are savory while others are sweet. Although bamboo leaves are traditionally used for zongzi, elsewhere in Asia, other leaves like lotus and banana are used. The … [Read more...]

nasi-ayam

Nasi ayam panggang (roast chicken rice)

If you're a fan of Hainanese chicken rice, you'll like this roast version of the rice and chicken combo. The Malaysian roast chicken rice is a dish that consists of marinated and roasted chicken served with rice cooked in broth with herbs and spices. Traditional recipes … [Read more...]

balinese-beef

Balinese Beef Strips (Daging Masak Bali)

It's simple to prepare and the ingredients are inexpensive (stewing meat is a lot cheaper than loins and rounds). But when you taste the dish, you wouldn't think it's simple and cheap. The flavors are complex and deep (hot, spicy, a bit sweet and a bit salty) and the dish is … [Read more...]

migoreng

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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Beef satay a la Indonesian sate babi

The Indonesian word "babi" literally translates to "pig" in English. "Sate" (or satay for the rest of Southeast Asia) means marinated pieces of meat that are skewered and grilled. The Indonesian sate babi, in other words, is none other than pork barbecue in the … [Read more...]

pulled-pork-paratha

Pulled pork curry with paratha

I've never had curry this good. Seriously. And just as Speedy was saying how bored he was with curried stews, I served this for lunch today and all he could say was how delicious it was.What is it?It is a curried dish, obviously. But, instead of a wet stew, you have … [Read more...]