A beautiful Cantonese staple dish which brings back a lot of childhood memories. It is saucy, salty and it goes well with rice. The lotus root is a vegetable that stays crunchy which gives a nice refreshing crunch to the dish. Red fermented bean curd is fermented tofu soaked in brine with red yeast rice added for colour. The red fermented bean curd gives a rich and distinctive flavour which goes well with ginger, garlic and the soy sauce. This tasty dish is easy to prepare with such simple ingredients and has a great combination of flavours.
Pandan Kaya (Pandan Coconut Spread) is a wildly popular spread among Malaysians and Singaporeans. The Pandan Kaya is naturally light green in colour and tastes sweet and creamy, with a hint of coconut and eggs in it. The spread goes fabulously well with toasted bread and butter.
This aromatic chicken curry is easy to prepare and yet packed with complex, bold and rich flavours. The combination of ingredients from the coriander paste and spices such as garam masala, turmeric, cumin, cloves and cinnamon come together beautifully in this single dish, which is perfectly balanced with a bit of heat. Try this addictive comfort dish at home today! Serve with fragrant basmati rice, roti or naan. (Tip: Feel free to adjust the number of red chillies according to taste!)
The Char Yoke is a popular Malaysian dish that invokes fond childhood memories for many – after all, it is a must serve dish during festivities in Hakka homes. Marinated overnight in fermented red bean curd, this recipe calls for the pork belly to be deep fried, locking in all the intense, rich flavours. Braising helps cook the pork belly to juicy, tender perfection, giving the dish that irresistible melt in your mouth texture!
Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, this flavourful Malaysian fried chicken dish is definitely a winner. Serve as part of a main dish or even as starters to be shared. Belacan, a hardened block of shrimp paste made from finely crushed shrimp mixed with salt and fermented, is one of the most loved ingredients in Malaysian kitchens. Belacan is usually toasted and used in small quantities, giving an amazing savoury flavour to pastes and curries. Despite being pungent in its raw stage, once it’s cooked, the taste of belacan is delicious.
Yet another Peranakan specialty, this dish is pronounced in flavours. The mouth-watering sweet-sour-spiciness combination of palm sugar, tamarind juice and chillies will be sure to whet your appetite and leave you wanting for more.
Kuih seri muka also known as kuih salat and is a popular Malay and Nyonya dessert, made of glutinous rice, coconut milk and flavoured with fragrant pandan leaves. This dessert is a beautiful marriage of salty sweetness in a soft, chewy texture formed by a glutinous rice base, topped with a layer of pandan custard.
Did you know you can cook up a dish with leftover cereal? Here’s a dish that uses oats or something more familiar to Asians – the Nestum cereal. This scrumptious butter cereal chicken is really tasty with its crispy cereal and flavourful curry leaves all crunched-up in the richness of butter. Make this dish at home for dinner or lunch and serve it with hot steamed rice. Remove chillies if spicy food is not for you, and it will definitely be a winner dish for all.
Traditionally cooked as a birthday dish (aka Seh Jit Mi), the noodles in the Penang Nonya Lam Mee is said to represent longevity and is symbolic in the celebration of the auspicious occasion. This dish is a must for Hokkien people from the older generations when they celebrate their 60th, 70th and 80th birthdays. Even if it’s not for birthdays, this dish always makes a satisfying meal!
Inche Kabin also known as Nyonya fried chicken is a popular Peranakan dish in Malaysia. Chicken pieces are marinated with a paste of coconut cream and a selection of flavourful spices. This combination lends a unique flavour to the fried chicken distinguishing it to the others, making it Nyonya style. Inche kabin is served with a tangy sauce to complement the richness of the fried chicken.
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