Evolution of Traditional Nasi Lemak. Malaysia.

Traditionally, Nasi Lemak (coconut milk rice) is a simple food for breakfast among Malaysians. Fragrant coconut milk rice served with chili paste, dried anchovies, peanuts and boiled egg, wrapped in a banana leaf. The light meal serves as a good breakfast choice for its energy supply, tastiness and affordable price (RM1.50 per packet). Today, Nasi…

Prosperity Toss to the Year of Rooster.

Chinese all over the world are entering into the Year of Rooster past 12am tonight. Though Chinese New Year’s traditions vary from country to country, there is one particular tradition in Southeast Asia has been practised by generations, till today – Lohei. Originated from Malaysia, Chinese eats Yee Sang during Chinese New Year. Putting aside the delicious and refreshing dish for a…

Misonikomi Udon. Nagoya, Japan.

Among many famous foods in Nagoya, Miso is probably the champion of all. From Miso Katsu, Miso Oden to Misonikomi Udon, Chefs in Nagoya can really imagine anything with miso! Top the famous food chart of Nagoya is definitely Misonikomi Udon, literally means udon in miso broth is a staple food among Nagoya natives, throughout…

Japanese Curry Rice 「カレーライス」Japan.

I read an article recently about how British learnt making curry from the Indian hundres years ago. They found it too spicy to handle, hence when they return to England, they use the same method with less spice and chillies to reduce the spiciness. The British then introduced the ‘less spicy’ curry recipe to the…

Slow Food. Singapore.

Judging from the name, “Slow Food” promotes food culture and dining experiences that go against fast food. I was wrong. I came across Slow Food International – a global, grassroots organization who are linking good food with a commitment to their community and the environment through a TV program. The documentary discussed the ideas behind slow city, slow ride,…

Bak Kut Teh. Klang, Malaysia.

Bak Kut Teh (Meat, Ribs, Tea) is a foodie‬ journey one must take when in Klang, south of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Thick herb soup, pork ribs, tendon, stomach, beancurd, enoki mushroom all in a pot. It is rather heartwarming, especially on a rainy day. Bak Kut Teh can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner, actually…

Sansai Soba. Japan.

Sansai, literately ‘mountain vegetable’ that are seasonal. From mushrooms in various forms and colors as long as they are edible to fresh vegetables, normally local produce, Sansai are normally hand picked by the cook. Sansai Soba is as simple as its name suggested. Just soba with sansai served in dashi based clear soup. Freshness and…

Claypot Chicken Rice. Kuala Lumpur.

All in a pot at one time – rice, Chinese sausage and chicken pieces marinated in special sauce, cooked in a strong burning charcoal fire. Topped with salted fish (optional) and spring onion before serving. This is indeed the best invention of food. Claypot Chicken Rice can be easily found across Malaysia. @ Heun Kee Claypot…

Tensoba. Japan.

Tensoba (天そば)or Tempura Soba (天婦羅そば) is a very common Japanese noodle dish served in almost every restaurant or food stall in Japan. Tempura soba is basically buckwheat noodle served in hot broth made with dashi and soy sauce, topped with tempura prawn (some also topped with tempura mixed vegetable). Clear hot soup, heartwarming. Healthy noodle,…

Pulpo a la Galena. Spain.

Pulpo á la Galena also known as “boiled octopus with paprika”is a fairly simple dish. Boil the octopus, trim it with scissors, sprinkle some coarse salt and paprika, ready to serve! Temperature of the boiling water and time of boiling are key to ensure the octopus is fully cooked, yet tender.

Churros + Chocolate. Spain.

Churros with Chocolate is a based snack in Spain. Spanish have them for breakfast and tea time. It’s sinful, from my point of view, for that really thick chocolate dip. But it’s also a sin for not trying it when one is in Spain. There are many versions of Churros within Spain itself, from the…

Paella. Spain.

Paella, also known as Spanish Rice, is a Valencian rice dish. It is probably the most recognised local dish in Spain. With a wide range of varieties, it can be easily found in any cafeteria or restaurant in any part of Spain though quality and price differ. Types of pupular Paella: 1. Paella Valenciana –…