Spicy and Sour Fish Curry

The wonders of Nyonya Peranakan cooking have always intrigued me. The Baba Nyonya or Peranakan people are descendants of Chinese immigrants who came to Malaya and adopted the Nusantara customs. I had made a post about another type of Curry that I like – the Kapitan Curry, and this is another, but with no coconut…

Thai Basil Beef

This post has been a few months in the making. I planned to post this in November, but to cut a very long story short – writer’s block. During my last visit to Malaysia, we stumbled upon the wonderful Boat Noodle at Heritage Lane, Damansara where there were beautiful little bowls of noodle soup in…

Mango & Coriander Spicy Kerabu Salad

This refreshing salad is based on the Thai Som Tum Mamuang (Thai Green Mango Salad) and the very much-loved Kerabu Mangga recipe that Makmah makes. I love mangoes, but the quality of mangoes I can find here in Greece at times disappoint me. They ripen into hard, sour fruits and I find that they are perfect…

Bhel

I was first introduced to Bhel as I read the opening paragraph to The Namesake, about the main character Gogol’s mother and her attempts at making a snack that she sorely missed. It somewhat reminded me of a snack I once had when I was growing up in Malaysia – unable to remember the name…

Sambal Tumis (Sauteed Sambal)

Here is a recipe that is a basic building block to many Malaysian dishes – the sambal tumis. It literally means Sauteed Sambal, sambal being a chilli paste/sauce and you can find the basic sambal paste recipe here. For sambal tumis though, I add a bit of garlic and shallots (or red onions) in the…

Homemade Spicy Chilli Sauce

I was told once by a Greek friend that the reason I cannot donate blood in Greece (long story on the why.) is because that my veins are filled with chilli sauce. I live on spicy food. I LOVE spicy food. And I add chilli sauce (or Tabasco, sliced chillies, dried chilli flakes, chilli oil –…