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...]


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...]


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...]


Beef rendang, a savory and spicy stew

This is an updated version of my beef rendang recipe.A traditional dish in Malaysia, beef rendang traces its origins from the Minangkabau ethnic group of the highlands of Western Sumatra in Indonesia.Beef rendang is everything that a stew should be. It has a thick … [Read more...]


Hard boiled eggs with chili tomato sauce

If you're looking for an inexpensive dish that can be served with rice for breakfast, lunch or dinner, look no farther. This tasty egg dish is a winner.What is it made of? As the title says, hard boiled eggs and chili tomato sauce. How is it made? Boil the eggs, remove … [Read more...]


Bak kuh teh (meat bone tea, pork bone tea)

Bak kuh teh is a soup but it is traditionally served with rice and a dipping sauce made of light soy sauce and crushed chilis. It is made with pork ribs and spices simmered for hours with soy sauce and sugar until the meat is literally falling off the bones. Bak kuh teh is … [Read more...]


Ikan Moolie (fish in coconut gravy)

Rich and spicy, this dish might look like fish curry but it isn't. It has no curry powder although turmeric, one of the spices that make up curry powder, is an ingredient and responsible for the bright yellow hue. Any white fleshy fish can be used. I suggest tilapia, dory, … [Read more...]


Nasi goreng (Indonesian / Malay fried rice)

Back in college, there was a restaurant in the Diliman area called Rasa Singapura. That was where I had my first taste of nasi goreng. It is tempting to categorize this entry under "Singaporean recipes" but nasi goreng more properly belongs to Malaysian and Indonesian … [Read more...]


Chicken satay

We were supposed to host a barbecue yesterday but our intended guests begged off at the last minute leaving us with a lot of chicken, pork and cocktail drink mixers.No problem. We mixed the drinks anyway, had our fill of Margaritas in our new Margarita glasses last … [Read more...]