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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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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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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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Seafood Porridge

On December 19, 2012 By

Once in awhile I need a lazy day in the middle of the week when I don’t have to be anywhere at any time… like the day after we are home after being away on a long trip. The suitcases are still by the front door, unlocked with dirty laundry tucked away. The vacation responder [...]

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Tau Eu Bak – Soy Sauce Pork

On October 25, 2012 By

This dish – tau eu bak (soya sauce braised in soy sauce) is always a crowd pleaser. Most people I know like dish this very, very much. It’s comfort food at its best – belly pork slowly braised till tender, with layers of fat that melt in the mouth, in a light gravy flavoured with [...]

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Five spice powder

On June 29, 2012 By

I reconnected with some old friends from my Convent schooldays – they were girls I went to primary and secondary school with, and we grew up together in stuffy pinafores and read Nancy Drews, and played through endless recess times. So it’s strange how we drifted apart so completely – at least I did, and [...]

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Soy Sauce Chicken

On April 26, 2012 By

WHEN my friend and former colleague Niki told me he wanted recipes so he can cook his own meals as he’d be a poor student in London, I didn’t take him all that seriously. I didn’t think he’d actually cook regularly, partly because he was never that keen a cook, and partly because I have [...]

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As Easy As A-B-C

On February 6, 2012 By

There was once upon in my life when I had an obsession with cookbooks… I bought cookbook after cookbook because there simply wasn’t a cookbook I didn’t think was uninteresting. I had a list of cookbooks I absolutely must have, and at least a cookbook I was reading cover to cover. There were cookbooks everywhere [...]

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Easiest Chicken Rice

On January 15, 2012 By

I didn’t think my friend Niki Cheong was all that serious about cooking, but he has been making the one bowl rice I posted eons ago regularly  (someone has been coming to me and repeating the title of my last post… takes nagging to a whole new level… she needs to nag me to loftier [...]

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Sambal Tomat

On October 2, 2011 By

I tried making ayam kalasan because I liked the recipe when it was first recited to me – boil the chicken in coconut water, and then deep-fry. It turned out good the first time I tried it, and the recipe is in today’s StarTwo. Fried chicken is my all time favourite, and this Indonesian version [...]

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