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Nasi Hujan Panas (Hot Rain Rice) with Beef Rendang

My mom has been on this craze recently. Being the old woman that she is – actually she is not that old because I like to think that I’m still pretty young – but she tends to exhibit all these old women characteristics like forgetfulness, an aversion to trying new things, risk aversion, etc. I guess with age catching up on her, my mom gets more and more fearful of

Baked Kale Chips

I’m sure many people are in the habit of calling their loved ones names. By names, I mean endearments, like honey pie or sweetie pie and the such. I recall one fine day in secondary school when I was busy looking up “k” in the dictionary, in order to look for the most ridiculous names I could for my friend, whose name is Kelly. Honestly, I’m not sure what started

Som Tam ส้มตำ, or Easy Thai Salad

I read CNNGo’s list of the worl’d 50 most delicious foods with much joy and pride, mainly because a number of Asian delicacies, especially those of my home country and country of residence made it to that list. And although I might not agree with them on everything, I do agree that Massaman curry (their #1) is absolutely delicious, and so is som tam, which made it to #46 of

[$20 Budget Meal] Mee Hoon Kuay (面粉馃)

Also known as Ban Mian (板面),  Mee Hoon Kuay (or Kueh) (面粉馃) can also be called handmade or hand-pulled noodles. Actually, there is a difference between ban mian and mee hoon kuay – ban mian is the Chinese version of fettucini (in my opinion) – ie, it is made with long and evenly cut strips of dough whereas mee hoon kuay has dough which is torn by hand, and is characterized

Comfort food – Spaghetti Bolognese

I first heard of Murdoch’s 365 challenge on Ellie’s blog, and I am super excited to be part of this challenge, where cooks from all over the world are cooking through Stéphane Reynaud’s 365 Good Reasons to Sit down to Eat. This is the first of a few recipes I’m trying – it was meant for 3 June, which incidentally was my birthday (I didn’t realize it when I was

Valentine’s Day Roundup

As Valentine’s Day rounds the corner, the blogosphere is inundated, really, with posts about Valentine food and gift ideas. I like looking at “food porn”, plus I do like the inspiration which comes to my mind when looking at these imaginative and creative food creations, so I decided to do my very first Valentine’s Day Food Roundup for this blog =) These are a few ideas, food ones of course,

Applesauce – a healthier substitute

For a while during my december holidays, I toyed with the idea of going on a low-carb diet. But as with most of my ideas, it went down the drain when I realized that I had to forgo a few of my most favorite foods – bread, pastries and cakes! So I embarked on trying to substitute one of my meals with a high protein, low carb alternative and looked