Pulut Hitam Thosai with Kerabu-inspired Salad

A few weeks ago, I was approached to work on a social media video series for Singapore Tourism Board by Viddsee Original Productions. It was for a series – Memories on a Plate, which is about recollections and stories behind dishes that are part of the culinary narrative of Singapore.  It was fantastic experience working…

Step-by-step, No grind Thosai (Dosa)

No grind thosai with coconut chutney, tomato chutney and podi with gingerly oil Growing up, thosai and idli with chutney, thuvaiyals (thick stoneground chutneys) or sambhar was a breakfast staple. I’d never seen a cereal box until I was a school-going, 7 year old girl! In the 80s, my maternal grandparents sold thosais and chutneys….

Jaggery Banana Bread with Cashew Crumble

I’ve never had a fondness for banana bread because I find them bland, not worth the calories and unexciting. It seems completely contradictory to begin a post about banana bread and then declaring that I don’t fancy any. There’s an explanation for that. Most Asians, and that includes me, have a predilection for lighter, sponge-like,…

Creamy Spicy Tomato Soup

I’m breaking out of this writer’s block and long silence with a simple recipe that uses some basic pantry ingredients but delivers in flavour and wholesomeness. I almost always have canned tomatoes in my pantry as do most of you, I suspect. In such uncertain times, I turn to recipes that give me a lot…

Seafood Mamak Mee Goreng

Wat’cha goreng about ? Mee Goreng translates simply as ‘Fried Noodles’ in Malay and Bahasa Indonesia. When the Chinese traders sailed to these shores, they introduced the wok and noodles. Soon after, came the myriad of street food dishes, which are still popular today in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. In Malaysia and Singapore, the more…

Everyday Egg Masala

If you haven’t heard, eggs have taken over the Instagram world. Tags like #yolkporn and #eggporn and open face sandwiches with molten yolk centres have invaded social media. The simple reason why eggs have become the superstars of the food instagramers is that they’re easily available, cheap, nutritious and beautiful to look at. I love…

Ayam Kalio (Lazy Man’s Chicken Rendang)

A quick internet search for ‘rendang’ will yield several thousands of recipes for rendang as this is a much loved dish in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Ancient maritime trade and shared histories have ensured that this dish crossed over from its West Sumatran origins to Malaysia and Singapore. It is not known when this dish…

Ultimate Seafood Pilaf

Aromatic basmati rice infused with a rich prawn stock and a vivacious scent of ceylon cinnamon, cloves and green cardamom all swaddle this luxurious take on a simple, mildly spiced pilaf. A pilaf is completely different from a biryani. The pilaf is a lightly spiced rice dish that is usually accompanied by gravy and other side…

Crispy Malaysian Pancakes (Crispy Apam Balik)

  The mere mention of Apam Balik (Malay) or Min Chiang Kueh (Mandarin) evokes a sense of nostalgia in many Singaporeans and Malaysians. So adored and relished is this childhood tea time treat that there are variations of this versatile pancake all across South East Asia – a namesake fluffier, yeasted version and  Murtabak Manis…

Spicy Fish Head Curry

Look away if you’re squeamish about heads, eyes and odd food bits … Welcome to the delicious world of the tender, flakey flesh of a gorgeous fish head. Fish Head?! Let’s pause for a second and consider this – What do you think happens to the heads of the filleted fish in your supermarket aisles?…