What to Eat in Budapest

What to eat in Budapest: Chicken Paprikash

If you’re looking for what to eat in Budapest, you’ve come to the right place. We spent a month in this beautiful city, exploring the markets, ruin bars, and of course, restaurants and food stalls. The city’s Hungarian cuisine gave us an introduction to a number of new delights, in addition to the tried-and-true foods … Read more

New Orleans-Style Cajun BBQ Shrimp

Cajun BBQ Shrimp Recipe

Cajun BBQ Shrimp is one of the many unique and ubiquitous foods for which New Orleans is known. The Crescent City has many famous dishes — Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Étouffée, Gumbo, as just a few examples. Seafood really shines here. Crawfish, oysters, and of course, shrimp, play leading roles in Cajun cuisine. This barbecued shrimp … 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

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

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

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