Malaysian Prawn Sambal

Prawn Sambal Recipe

Prawn Sambal (or Sambal Udang, Sambal Shrimp) relies heavily on one of Malaysia’s favorite ingredients, Sambal Sauce. The spicy sauce is a staple in Malaysian cooking. The very basic sauce, Sambal Oelek, is a paste made with fiery red chiles and plus a little salt and/or vinegar.   Recipes for Sambal sauces vary widely from … Read more

Malaysian Curry Beef Noodle Soup – Laksa

Beef Laksa Recipe

When traveling through Malaysia and Singapore we became huge fans of Laksa. This creamy noodle soup is full of spicy exotic flavors, such as lemongrass and creamy coconut milk, that we have come to crave when traveling through Southeast Asia. We quickly discovered that we weren’t alone in our adoration for this deceptively simple noodle … Read more

Chicken Rendang – Malaysian Coconut Curry Chicken

Chicken Rendang Recipe

Chicken Rendang is a popular spicy curry dish that we discovered during a recent visit to Malaysia. The slow cooked chicken bathed in exotic spices, coconut milk and finished with a dark and nutty coconut paste proved out everything that we had heard about the incredible food of Malaysia. CNN actually put this dish on … Read more

Penang’s Tropical Spice Garden – Malaysian Cooking in Paradise

Penang Tropic Spice Garden

Malaysia is known for its cuisine. With the blending of Asian and Indian influences (among others), you can imagine the exotic flavors that come into play. We decided to take a cooking class while in Penang, Malaysia in order to unlock the secrets that make this world-renown cuisine. And as it turned out, the setting for … Read more

Singapore Cooking Class: Food Playground

Singapore Cooking Class Ang Ku Kueh

In Singapore, the best (and cheapest) food is found at the hawker centers. This, as you can imagine, makes the hawker centers immensely popular. Just stop in around lunch or dinner time and you’ll see long lines at the favorite stalls. Sadly, we learned during a recent visit to Singapore that hawker stands are at … Read more

Nasi Tomato – Tomato Rice

Nasi Tomato

Nasi Tomato (or Tomato Rice) is a flavorful Malaysian side dish. But with the complex mix of sweet and tart tastes in this dish, it can easily be served on its own. It is typically served with Ayam Masak Merah (which is a lightly spicy chicken dish simmered in a sauce with tomatoes). The combination … Read more

What to Eat in Singapore

Singapore Chili Crab

Singapore may be one of the world’s smallest countries, but if size had anything to do with the flavor of the cuisine, Singapore would break the scale. Here, the flavors are as diverse as the cultures that commingle in the busy seaport nation. There are large populations of Malaysians, Chinese, Indian and Indonesian people (among … Read more

Ayam Masak Merah – Tomato Chicken Curry

Ayam Masak Merah Recipe

Don’t let the red color of this traditional Malaysian dish dish intimidate you if you aren’t a fan of spicy food. Some Malaysian dishes do have quite a bit of heat, but this dish (which translates from Malay to ¨Red Cooked Chicken”) gets most of its deep red color from tomatoes. The dish is often … Read more

Homemade Laksa Curry Paste

Homemade Laksa Paste

Laksa is a noodle soup originating from descendants of early Chinese migrants who settled in Penang, Malacca, Singapore and Indonesia. The curry paste used to make the soup is full of aromatic Southeast Asian ingredients, such as Kaffir lime, lemongrass, galangal and turmeric root.   While it is possible to buy a pre-made laksa paste in Asian markets, making it … Read more

Coconut Rice – Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak

Coconut RiceNasi Lemak, or coconut rice, is a Malaysian side dish served throughout the day. Nasi Lemak is so popular that it is considered the country’s national dish. The rice is lightly flavored with ginger, coconut milk and pandan leaves. Pandan leaves are very common in Malaysian cooking and add a light floral note to the … Read more