Posts in Rice and Noodles
Sambal Tumis Telur Puyuh

Sambal Tumis is the most versatile dish I know. You can cook it with quail eggs, ikan bilis, chicken eggs, squid, prawns, chicken, beef or anything actually. You add lemongrass & galangal and it's suddenly called Terutup! Remove the sugar, and it's Asam Pedas! A truly magical dish using very few ingredients. You can have it with white rice, Nasi Lemak, dip bread or cream crackers in it - everything goes with the Sambal Tumis!

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Curry Laksa

Being a true blue Johorean at heart & in taste buds, whenever I choose to cook noodles at home, I almost always cook either Laksa Johore, Mee Rebus or Mee Kari. The home-made version, are not so easily available outside. And even if they are, it rarely tastes like the ones we make at home. However, when I eat out, I love the lighter version restaurant-style Curry Laksa. This recipe is the Curry Laksa commonly served when we eat at restaurants or hawkers.

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Rendang Ayam Basah

There are so many recipes for Rendang, and all of them are beautiful in its own way, but this recipe is so simple and quick to make, you’ll have no problems cooking it, even at the last minute! I also love it because it's not too rich and not too overpowering with flavours - just light & beautiful! Lucky my sister shared this recipe with me!

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Ayam Percik

If you are feeling lazy & rushed as I often do - Ayam Percik is the answer. I dumped all the ingredients in a pot to make the gravy and let the oven bake my chicken for me. The results were astounding. Everyone had more than three helpings each! You can look good without doing much actually! Haha!

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Chicken Rice Porridge

There are times when I feel like I've had too much of everything. I just badly need something simple, healthy & wholesome, and I almost always resort to boiling some rice porridge with the goodness of chicken bones and grated carrots. My favourite touch to the bubur is to sprinkle fresh green peppercorns from my garden. It gave a tangy, pungent, fresh peppery taste. Gorgeous!

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Gulai Ikan Tongkol (Tuna Curry)

You couldn't possibly eat Nasi Dagang with anything but Gulai Ikan Tongkol. Due to its firm meat, cooking this fish requires stronger flavoured roots & spices to enable it to penetrate the meat. The result is a strong but flavourful gravy that coats this fish which is the only acceptable dish to enjoy with Nasi Dagang.

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Nasi Dagang

Nasi Dagang has always been one of my favourite breakfast, tracing its origin from Terengganu & Kelantan. The combination of glutinous rice & the brown rice (beras nasi dagang) produces a gorgeous fine, almost sticky rich texture - also probably due to the coconut milk it's cooked in. Perfectly suited with Tuna Curry, translated in Malay as Gulai Ikan Tongkol. Not a terribly easy dish to cook but certainly worth every effort.

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Spaghetti Carbonara

My kids totally love having pasta, chicken, mushrooms & definitely cream. So, Spaghetti Carbonara fits all the right criteria to be their favourite dish! I actually think they can have this every day and not be bored with it! Frankly, I like to cook what they like, but I'm not too keen for them to have rich food on a daily basis. So, although the original recipe calls for eggs & parmesan cheese, I omit that from the recipe every time I cook it. I also reduce the cream & exchange the balance with low-fat milk instead. I guess you could say it's the healthy version of Carbonara! Enjoy my version.

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Tofu in Coconut Milk

This tofu is so simple & delicious which provides a healthy dose of good protein. The soft, delicate taste of tofu, soaked in soothing, delicious gravy gives a smooth taste with wholesome values. I am a staunch believer of simplicity in terms of ingredients, the method of cooking & presentation - so this recipe suits me to a tee!

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Mee Bandung Muar

Out of all the noodle family, I have a soft spot for Mee Bandung. The tomato base with a hint of chilli 'hotness' & a distinct but not overpowering prawn-based gravy somehow brings out such a vibrant flavour to this dish. The highlight is, of course, the poached egg in the gravy & the secret ingredient of coarsely ground peanuts - could only make this dish even more spectacular.

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