Posts by: hungryc

Last Monday, we came home after a weekend away in Penang to a tripped circuit breaker, and a refrigerator that had been off for god knows how long. The electric gate wasn’t working and the back up battery for the house alarm needed to be replaced. Luckily I didn’t have that much perishables in the [...]

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Avocado and lemon pasta

On April 5, 2014 By

It’s a rainy Saturday morning, and these days the pitter patter of rain on the roof is a welcome sound. I still have buckets filled with water even though there is no announcement of water rationing in my area. I have loads of errands to run, starting with cleaning out the fridge. With food prices [...]

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Ayam Masak Merah

On March 31, 2014 By

Sunday started out hot and scorching, and I wanted ayam masak merah with nasi lemak for breakfast. But my aunt made keow teow soup, so we had that instead. I googled ayam masak merah recipes, and thought I’d make it for lunch. But there was a long queue at the chicken section in the supermarket [...]

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Our usual Sunday roast is more often than not plain chicken with lemon. I have been trying forever to get my roast chicken right consistently, and that meanns crispy chicken, tender breast and just-nicely done thighs. I scour every roast chicken recipe to check their roasting time, and I have tried different ways – from [...]

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Pegaga Tabouleh

On October 25, 2013 By

I am still fascinated with pegaga, and now I also really like ulam raja. I have been having rice with ulam raja, sambal belacan and fried salted fish at home and in my mom’s house, and in Malay restaurants and stalls these last two weeks. Anyway, I digress… in between my ulam raja meals, I [...]

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Pegaga Mallung (Salad)

On September 15, 2013 By

I have never cooked with pegaga, and didn’t even know what it looked like though the name is familiar. Like all herbs, I knew pegaga or pennyworts, has all kinds of medicinal uses and it has been said to cure everything from sore throat to infertility. It’s also supposed to contain anti-ageing properties, and some [...]

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Acar Fish

On July 27, 2013 By

ACAR fish is one of my favourite Peranakan dishes. It literally translates to pickled fish, but in our house we never leave it long enough to pickle in the vinegar mixture. It’s essentially fried fish topped with fried slices of garlic, ginger and tumeric, with a sauce made of vinegar and sugar. It’s usually garnished [...]

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Sambal Ikan Bilis

On June 24, 2013 By

    Last Saturday, we woke up to smoky air that had permeated into our rooms, even with all the doors and windows shut. And the air quality was only moderately hazardous in KL, can’t imagine what it’s like for people down south where the API reading had spiked at 746 in Muar. But it’s [...]

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Salted Fish Curry

On April 7, 2013 By

This is one of my favourite curries – salted fish and vegetables curry, with beans and anchovies. It’s only served on Sundays at the Sultania Restaurant on Lebuh Queen, right smack in Penang’s Little India. I have only had it twice or maybe thrice; somehow my trips back to Penang haven’t allowed for all that [...]

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Baking Bread With Indra

On January 24, 2013 By

Some day I’ll bake soft and fluffy buns like these – and I’ll do it without breaking a sweat… like my friend and breadmaking teacher Indra. In the few hours of lesson I had in her kitchen, Indra has somehow convinced me I can bake bread. With the most reassuring and inspirational confidence, she made [...]

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