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

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

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

Khinkali – Georgian Beef and Pork Soup Dumplings

Georgian Khinkali Dumplings

Khinkali (also known as Chinkali or Xinkali) are stuffed pasta dumplings that are a favorite dish from the Country of Georgia. They are similar to Chinese Soup Dumplings, (Xiao Long Bao), but are much larger than their bite-sized cousins. These hearty little bags of goodness are typically served up on large platters and shared with … Read more

Hot Pot Asian Soup (Shabu-Shabu)

Seafood Shabu Shabu

Hot Pot (or similarly Japanese Shabu-Shabu) is actually a fondue. Vegetables, thinly sliced meats and often noodles and/or dumplings, are added to a fondue pot with boiling broth. Each person sharing the fondue adds their own ingredients to the broth. Food can be rescued by using a small wire basket or just cooked by “swishing” … 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

Coconut Rice – Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak

Nasi 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 dish. … Read more

Vietnamese Spring Rolls – Chả Giò

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls are an addictive appetizer that are much lighter than their Chinese Egg Roll cousins. This is because the rice paper wrapper used to make the spring rolls is lighter and results in a more crsipy delicate skin. The same rice paper wrapper is also used to make the refreshing Vietnamese Fresh Spring … Read more