Salmon Puttu

Reminisce of Sura Puttu / Shark Puttu my mother occasionally cooked back home in Malaysia. Ikan yu as we called it in Malay is a small shark fish, relatively an expensive fish to buy and they were only seasonally available in our local markets. The cooking process was considerable tough. Mum used to cut them…

Gol Gappa for Elevenses

Pani Puri or fondly known as Gol gappa… Filled crispy mini puris dipped in sweet spicy tamarind water…    I remember asking my husband about them after watching ‘Gol gappi’ session in one of my all time favi Hindi movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.. But it stopped there. Recent times, I was fortunate to have had…

Hot and Spicy Chicken curry

It’s raining and predicted to rain all day where I am.. The next village is now just partly visible from my kitchen window, covered in thick mist. And it does feel quite wintery…a feel I get almost 350 days in the year! 🙂 Here’s a recipe to warm up the day. Hot and spicy Chicken…

Sambal Tofu

I still remember those hot Friday afternoons when I rush home from school for lunch time, having worked so hard (WELL that’s how I viewed my teen life to be 🙂 ), knackered and super happy its finally weekend! Malaysian school finishes earlier on Fridays to allow Muslims to observe their Solat Jumaat secara berjemaah…

Roti Bakar Gula

When I was munching away my ‘second’ breakfast at work, my intrigued boss asked me; ‘What you having?’ Hesitant for a moment, I uttered ‘Toast with abundance of butter sprinkled with caster sugar’… I stopped and waited for her reactions.. None, I continued ‘Well I know I’m weird and wonderful..’ and smiled. She hmmmned and…

Pan Fried ‘Ikan Bakar’

An attempt to replicate the delicious Malay gastronomy; Ikan Bakar Luxurious marinated, covered in banana leave then slowly burnt over the charcoal grills and served with sambal cili belacan. In Malaysia, the typical ikan bakar would be made using Ikan Kembung (Indian Mackerel), although you could find almost every seafood and fish varieties served bakar….

Kuih Ketayap @ Surlapam

#FoodRev #TraditionalFood I got an extra baby roaming around the house,  requesting for food all the time, sometimes grumpy, sometimes bored but most of the time happily messing away my already messy house… Don’t we all just love summer holidays 🙂 Thou I’ve been baking, cooking and desserting away all my creatives, I simply lacked…

Pepper Chicken

Pepper chicken…(Peppercorn)…a dish I discovered in India during my very few visit over there. Somewhat close enough to Chicken Varuval (a dry South Indian chicken dish) yet major differences in taste. The peppercorns, garam masala and coriander powder does take the heat to a whole new level..a level my hubby who never could take too much…

Curried Banana Peppers

Baby group day today, this day every week my boy gets to meet other babies in the village. Stealthily I choose to catch up on this blog instead.. 🙂 My excuse; well it’s pouring heavily outside and I was feeling the cold a lot more today than I normally do! Banana peppers (well I think that’s what they are…

Making Curry Paste

My mother often reflected on her retro experience making curry pastes the traditional way. That meant grinding all spices and fresh ingredients (no curry powders used) in making curry paste. That inspired me once to make my own. I have to agree it was fun and great learning however it was way too much work especially because…

Creamy Coconut Vegetables

Or in Malay, sayur masak lemak. I have used pra-boiled cauliflower florets and carrots for this recipe. A beautifully creamy dish from Malaysia. It’s a rich and spicy yellow coconut gravy with endless combinations of meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables. As usual the original dish contains some hard to find in Britain ingredients so this is when your creative intelligence kicks in,…