Posts in Rice and Noodles
Beriani Gam Johor

This is a true Johorean Beriani which is an all-time favourite in my household. The main trick to the success of this dish is to follow the water measurements accurately (1 cup of rice to 1 1/2 cups of water), get the best rempah beriani & you should not miss out the coriander - Vital to the final flavour.

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Chicken Rice

To be totally honest, I have never checked out any Chicken Rice recipes before, so this really is entirely my own recipe! I cooked this based on my taste buds, and it's ability to detect ingredients as well as my own personal preferences in taste. Hope you enjoy this Chicken Rice as my kids do!

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Family Chicken Pie

I absolutely loved baking this Chicken Pie which we served at Cafe Dania. This pastry is a new recipe which is easier to handle compared to the Rough Puff Pastry that we used at the Cafe. I love large family pies in comparison to individual small pies as it allows me to cook the filling with the chicken bone-in which gives the gravy an exceptionally lovely flavour. Also, what makes this pie rather unique is the use of asparagus.

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Lodeh

Lodeh is a meal in itself and is normally eaten during Hari Raya. However, the simpler improvised versions are sometimes made for breakfast. For Johoreans, this dish is a must for Hari Raya. I love lodeh, especially if it’s eaten with sambal kacang or even with sambal goreng jawa. It has a somewhat refreshing and soothing effect on the tummy just as a wholesome soup does to you.

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Soto Ayam

Soto Ayam is a typical Johorean dish mostly enjoyed during functions. My family enjoy this dish as it is soupy and light. With all the rich food we eat during Hari Raya, this dish is exceptionally refreshing. If you cook this dish often enough, you will realise that it’s not so difficult to make, and you don’t need to wait for festivities to enjoy cooking and eating this dish!

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Sambal Hitam Pahang

Sambal Hitam Belimbing most likely came about when there is an abundance of belimbing buluh. This recipe was created to utilize these fruits rather than have it put to waste. This sambal is specifically well known in a few regions in the state of Pahang, namely Temerloh, Jerantut, Raub & Kuala Lipis. The name is reflected by the colour of the belimbing after being boiled for a length of time. This is my favourite sambal due to its sourness, spiciness and the crunchiness of the anchovies.

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Kicap Ayam Tomato

As a kid, I have always loved my mum's Kicap Ayam. I remember so clearly desiring it very much when I studied overseas, but not knowing the exact recipe, and I was so miserable that I experimented on several versions, trying the get the exact taste of mum's Chicken in Soy Sauce. At that point, I made a decision never to take anything for granted again. This version of Kicap Ayam using tomatoes was my favourite when we were little.

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Nasi Minyak

My family loves flavoured rice much more than plain white rice. It could be due to our Johorean upbringing or simply because it's such a treat to have Beriani Gam, Nasi Tomato, Nasi Dhal or Nasi Minyak. These varieties of rice are normally eaten during festivities. So, my home seems like we have special occasions every week, as that's how often we have these flavoured rice!

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Mee Rebus Johor Mak Long

Whenever my aunty Mak Long visits, she often disappears into our kitchen & emerges with all sorts of local kuihs & wonderful traditional dishes which amazes me. What makes Mak Long so special is her generosity in sharing her recipes with me, her soft-spoken & gentle demure. I feel so blessed to have had her in my life. This Mee Rebus Johor is one of the many recipes she shared with me.

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