Embracing the plant-based lifestyle in Malaysia

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Jackfruit Satay with Peanut Sauce

Jackfruit Satay with Peanut Sauce

Ain’t gonna lie, mock meat does have its lure every now and then. It’s not that I miss meat, it’s just fun to switch things up sometimes. There are some mock meats made in ways that stay in the ‘safe’ zone… predictive mockery in the […]

Mild Tempeh Rendang

Mild Tempeh Rendang

This article originally appeared on Tongue In Chic last year. Quite recently, I watched a vegan cooking video on Youtube. The chef was making a burger. Just as she began to prepare the condiments to go with the patty, she confidently said, “One of a […]

Beetroot Fried Rice

Beetroot Fried Rice

Oh my, what can I say about fried rice? I can’t remember any point in my life when I was devoid of it! One of my go-to meals to whip up in the kitchen, fried rice is a fantastic way to use leftover plain rice […]

Herbal Hot Pot (‘Tak’ Kut Teh)

Herbal Hot Pot (‘Tak’ Kut Teh)

If you’ve grown up as a Chinese kid in Malaysia, no doubt you would have been exposed to the pride and joy of Malaysian Chinese gastronomic culture known as Bak Kut Teh. Directly translated as ‘Meat Bone Tea’, Bak Kut Teh is a traditional broth […]

Indian Chickpea Potato Salad

Indian Chickpea Potato Salad

I’ve had a good long thought and have come to the realization that I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Indian food. I have met some who can’t take spiciness all too well, but the flavours of Indian food itself seem to be a general […]

Glutinous Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

Glutinous Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

One of my favourite Dim Sum dishes growing up was ‘Lo Mai Gai’, which is steamed glutinous rice with chicken. It is traditionally cooked in lotus leaf, but my fond memories of it always involved a dish made of foil. You’d turn the dish upside […]

Perfect Bolognese Sauce

Perfect Bolognese Sauce

There’s nothing quite as comforting as a bowl of spaghetti bolognese. And there aren’t many things that can come quite as close to recreating a meaty sauce with than with Textured Soy Protein (TVP). As a by-product of soy oil extraction, TVP is a processed […]

Purple Chickpea Patties

Purple Chickpea Patties

It’s apparent that we all – well, most of us I’m sure – love a good burger. We grow up watching our favourite characters in tv series, movies and cartoons tucking into this impossibly perfect food. I remember one of my siblings having a notebook […]

Luffa with Corn, Shiitake and Glass Noodles

Luffa with Corn, Shiitake and Glass Noodles

Luffa is one of those vegetables that I’ve been eating occasionally, without ever really knowing what it actually is. Ironically, I’ve also been passing by it regularly in the local markets, without knowing that it was luffa! My recent discovery of what it was, buying […]

Nasi Oo-Laa-Lam (Malay Herb Rice)

Nasi Oo-Laa-Lam (Malay Herb Rice)

I normally shy away from making Malay food, since it is not my territory. But it would’ve been criminal to at least not give Nasi Ulam a shot! Nasi is ‘rice’ in Bahasa, and Ulam refers to a traditional spread of selected local leaves and herbs, eaten […]