Makan-makan Ayin: Kuala Lumpur 2016 Edition

*The featured picture you see is a display of several Octopodes (plural of Octopus, who knew?) that I saw at the buffet area of the restaurant Contango, at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. I am back! After a wonderful 2 weeks away, I am here to show you a compilation of a few pictures of…

Banana Cupcakes with Pandan Coconut Frosting

Last night, Metadrasi had a “kopi pitas” party, which is a New Year’s tradition, where you cut a bread cake where a coin (florin) is baked into it. Whoever gets the piece with the coin gets the luck for the rest of the year. I didn’t get a coin, but it was a great get-together…

Pah’s Rendang Tok

Its been a rainy winter week, and winter time is the best time to cook dishes that takes ages to make – I can be in the kitchen where it is warm, and this rendang is very well suited to cold weather too. With a bowl of pilaf rice or a plate of nasi lemak,…

Octopus Rendang (Rendang Ochtapodi)

Without too much introduction, for Malaysia Day (16/9), I decided to make a fusion of my favourite foods from my adopted country and the land of my birth. I love rendang, its my go-to dish when I want to wow new dinner guests. And I love octopus. I was practically an adult when I first…

Pandan Kaya (Coconut Jam)

Kaya. In Malay it means rich. It also describes this custard-like spread that I love. It’s great on bread (especially thick fluffy white bread, toasted) and brioche, and it is even great on ice cream. In Malaysia if you go to Kopitiams, they will serve big thick slices of toasts with Kaya eaten with soft-boiled…

Rendang Ayam Pah (Pah’s Chicken Rendang)

It was Raya earlier this month, and as usual, with Raya comes ‘all the food from home that I miss’. Chicken Rendang is chicken simmered in coconut milk with spices. It takes a long time to cook, but oh my its worth the wait. It smells heavenly and the coconut, lemongrass and ginger infused chicken…

Kerisik (Fried Coconut Paste)

Kerisik is one of those ingredients that are native to the Malay Archipelago (Nusantara – Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore). Its used in curry stews and rendangs. It’s very fragrant, and its best to use freshly grated coconut. But dried or desiccated coconut can be used too. It’s very easy to make, and a spoonful or…