My friend Wuen has a natural talent for creating improvised dishes that always turn out beautiful and delicious. She invited us over for a Middle Eastern food fest at her place and I helped her cook a couple of dishes, one of which was grilled […]
Travel. Eat. Cook.
Yes you read that right and might be thinking, “why should I take any advice from a novice?!” I don’t blame you but hear me out! Most baking advice are written by experts and sometimes they skim through steps that are so glaringly obvious to […]
Food-centered books and movies take our minds on culinary adventures to India, France, Italy, China and many more amazing food destinations. One of my favorite books, The Hundred Foot Journey, does just that by melding the food cultures of India and France into a delectable […]
My friend Anita grew up in a small village in Pahang, Malaysia and learned how to cook many amazing Malaysian and Indonesian dishes from her multi-talented parents. Her family descended from a Minang clan from Sumatra, Indonesia and they often improvise and substitute ingredients to […]
The shining star of this spicy Malay dish is petai, also known as the stink bean. It may be an acquired taste but I’m proof that one can actually learn to love it after years of turning my nose up at it! Yes, it is […]
I first discovered Japchae ages ago at an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ restaurant in Los Angeles. The side dish consisted of sweet potato “glass” noodles that were perfectly coated with soy sauce and sesame oil and tossed with an array of vegetables. I was hooked. I […]
Every Chinese-Malaysian or Singaporean Peranakan family has their own version of Kiam Chye Boey (translated to salted vegetable leftovers). It’s basically a stew with leftover meats boiled with salted mustard greens, other fresh vegetables and assam (tamarind), and it will be cooked after a […]