Embracing the plant-based lifestyle in Malaysia

Appetizers

Easy Mango Kerabu (Malaysian Mango Salad)

Easy Mango Kerabu (Malaysian Mango Salad)

A lot of Malay food seems vegan enough, until one finds out about the generous use of salted fish, fermented shrimp, dried anchovies, fish sauce, oyster sauce and bits of meat or offal that can be hiding in it! In vegetable dishes, animal-based ingredients are…

Easy Mung Bean Patties

Easy Mung Bean Patties

Times are strange, and resources are becoming scarce. In Malaysia, the Movement Control Order that began as 2 weeks, then stretched into 2 months, has affected everyone’s finances, mine included. I’ve been cutting down on food items I consider as ‘luxury’ like nuts and plant-based…

Mamak-Style Beetroot Coconut Stir-Fry

Mamak-Style Beetroot Coconut Stir-Fry

I have great memories of the mamak lunches I are regularly during my full-time office days in bangsar. The mamak closest to my office was literally a skip and a hop away from my workplace, and the vegetable selection was on enough rotation for me…

Smokey Tempeh

Smokey Tempeh

If there’s one reason I could pick amongst the dozens, why living in Malaysia as a vegan is dope, the answer is Tempeh. I’ve talked about tempeh in a similar light several times in interviews, and I still stand by it! It’s not only tasty…

Tempeh and Terung (Eggplant) in Sweet Soy and Chili Sauce

Tempeh and Terung (Eggplant) in Sweet Soy and Chili Sauce

You are the Tempeh to my Terung There is just something about the combination of the fried crunchy tempeh against the softness of the terung/aubergine/brinjal and that sweet, spicy and addictive soy chili glaze. A dish that was made up by Ili Sulaiman when she…

Nyonya Acar (Malaysian Pickled Vegetables)

Nyonya Acar (Malaysian Pickled Vegetables)

I’ve realized that I mention my mum a lot in this blog. And why wouldn’t I? It is her food that I grew up on… the packed lunches, the wholesome dinners, the cheeky home-fried snacks for TV time. The value of home-cooked food was a…

5-Colour Spring Rolls

5-Colour Spring Rolls

One thing that I’ll never, ever get tired of is Spring Rolls. Mummy used to make them occasionally either as a mid-day snack, or as a hefty side for our dinners. She would stuff these huge rolls with meat and veggies until they’d burst at…

Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble

Whenever I used to eat at continental breakfasts buffets, I would ask to have my eggs scrambled at the egg counter. I’ve always been partial to its fluffiness, and I found it slightly more palatable than an egg that showcases a yolk and white as…

Nyonya Rojak (Savoury Fruit and Vegetable Salad)

Nyonya Rojak (Savoury Fruit and Vegetable Salad)

The word ‘Rojak’ (pronounced ‘Ro-jah-k’) is a word held very close to the heart of every Malaysian. In its literal sense, it is a melange of crunchy fruits and vegetables, coated in a sticky sauce made of fermented shrimp. It is sweet, salty, sour, crunchy…

Potato Salad with Water Apple (Jambu Air)

Potato Salad with Water Apple (Jambu Air)

If you go to a local market in Malaysia, the tropical fruits are there as much as the omnipresent apples and oranges. No offense to apples and oranges, they’re fantastic and we grow up on them. But we grow up singing ‘A is for Apple’…