Things To Do in Tbilisi, Georgia

Things To Do in Tbilisi

Looking for things to do in Tbilisi, Georgia? First of all, we’re not talking about Georgia, the state in the southeast of the United States. Tbilisi is the capital city of the country of Georgia, located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. Its neighbors include Russia, Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.  Before visiting Tbilisi, we had … Read more

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

Johor Bahru Malaysia Night Markets

Johor Bahru Night Market

There is no better place to experience the diversity and heart of Johor Bahru than a night market. The universal appeal of good cheap eats, fresh vegetables at bargain rates, and the unexpected encounter or trinket proves to be a universal draw. Night markets open most days of the week, at different locations. We regularly … 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

Hiking in Singapore

Hiking in Singapore: MacRitchie Park

Hiking in Singapore? A friend of ours who grew up here referred to Singapore as a “concrete jungle” when we mentioned how much we liked it. And, the city IS busy with traffic, people and a lot of tall buildings. It’s surprisingly easy, however, to find tranquil outdoor spots for walking and hiking that rival … 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

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

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

Homemade Chipotles in Adobo Sauce

Chipotle in Adobo Recipe

Chipotles in Adobo Sauce are a staple ingredient in Mexican cuisine. Chipotles, smoked and dried jalapeños, are paired with a thick intensely flavored Adobo sauce. The sauce features flavorful aromatic ingredients such as dried chiles, garlic, cinnamon and Mexican oregano. The spicy peppers are used to enhance classic dishes such as slow cooked Barbacoa Beef, … Read more