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Crab Omelet

This is one of my favorite egg dishes that I often cook at home. You can replace the crab meat with shrimp or oyster. Try it! :-)

Lobster With Glass Noodles

This is one of my favourite quick and easy meals. You can use any shellfish of your choice, such as prawns, crabs, or even clams. Today, I'm using a small lobster or also known as Canner lobster, as they are very priced at the moment, and taste really good too. 

Crunchy Rice Crackers

These are gluten-free rice crackers. They are made from glutinous rice and great for snacking. You can enjoy it as it is or dip into chocolate sauce, peanut butter, Nutella, or brush them with some light soy sauce for the savory option. You can even make the cracker thinner, or different shape and sizes.

Fried Chicken Rolls

These Fried Chicken Meat Rolls is a fantastic appetizer. You can swap the chicken meat with pork, if you like.

Grilled Sweet Corn With Ancho Chili Lime Butter

If you're grilling with charcoal this summer, don't forget to get some sweet corn and grill them in their husk. When you're almost done with the grilling and the charcoal heat is dwindling down, place the corn directly on the charcoal and allow it to roast slowly. Remember to allow the corn to cool before peeling. When peeled, generously brush them with some Ancho Chili Lime Butter, and finally return the corn to the grill for a couple of minutes. The result is a rich, sweet and buttery grilled corn with a distinctive aroma.

Goreng Sambal Belacan

Here is another spicy condiment that I think you will like. This is Goreng Sambal Belacan, pan-fried chilies, garlic, tomato, shallots and pounded with some roasted shrimp paste or belacan. It's great with grilled meat, fried chicken, fish, or seafood and makes a fantastic dip for chips too.

Kuih Talam Ubi Kayu

This is another popular Malaysian teatime snack called Kuih Talam Ubi Kayu. This delicious cake has two layers. The top layer is made from coconut milk, and the bottom layer of the cake is made with grated cassava and is flavored with palm sugar.

Stir-Fry Jicama With Dried CuttleFish (Ju Hu Char)

This is a yummy stir-fry Jicama With shredded cuttlefish dish, served on a lettuce leaf as an appetizer.

Grilled Minced Beef On Lemongrass/Sate Lilit

This is my take on Indonesian Sate Lilit. I had these succulent minced beef skewers while I was holidaying in Indonesia a couple of years ago. Traditionally, the marinated meat is shaped around on a lemon grass stalk. However, if the lemon grass stalk is not available, then you can always use a wooden or metal skewer to shape the minced meat. Whichever way you may use, I have shown both methods in the video. So, do check it out and have fun grilling.

How To Make Grilled Chicken Satay

This scrumptious grilled chicken satay goes very well with the peanut sauce that I have shared on my previous videos. Do give this recipe a try, and I hope you will like it as much as I do.

Stir-Fried Radish/Carrot Cake

With the Pan-Fried Radish Cake that I have made earlier, you can also turn them into a quick stir-fry meal. It's fondly known as Stir-Fried Radish Cake or stir-fry carrot cake in Malaysia and Singapore. This is a popular street-food and available at some Dim Sum restaurants too.

Pan-Fried Radish Cake

This Pan-Fried Radish Cake or also known as Lo Bak Gao is the popular dish that you can get at most Dim Sum restaurants. For this recipe, I have added some dried shrimps and scallions for flavoring. As for the batter, I used the combination of rice flour, corn starch and potato powder. The latter will give a firmer texture. If you can't find any potato powder, then replace it with wheat starch.

Acar Buah Jeruk & Kering (Spicy Pickled Dried & Preserved Fruits)

These Acar Buah or Pickled Dried and Preserved Fruits are spicy, sweet, and sour. It's often served as accompaniment with other dishes. The flavor of these Acar Buah improves with time, so it's best to serve it a couple of hours later and can be stored in the refrigerator for about a month.

Grilled Fish Stuffed With Sambal

Grilling whole fish and stuffed with sambal paste is very popular in Malaysia. They are great with some steamed rice and perhaps a couple of stir-fried vegetables to complete the meal. For this recipe, I used Tai Snapper; some other good options are Hardtail or mackerel fish. The fish can be pan-fried directly in some oil, or in the banana leaves. I chose the latter because I like the lovely aroma from the banana leaf.

Mango Salsa

The weather was sunny in Vancouver the past few days, so, I managed to do some outdoor grilling. It was great! I made some mango salsa to go with my grilled prawns. The salsa is sweet and a little bit tangy. It complement very well with the lightly seasoned prawns. Do try my mango salsa recipe. *This is an updated post with a video cooking guide.

Baked Coconut Buns

One of my favorite treats from childhood! I had decided to recreate these coconut buns with that familiar Malaysian hometown taste that I had experienced when I was younger. Both recipes, for the buns and the coconut filling, can be found on my blog! These coconut buns are perfect on its own, whether for breakfast or even as a light snack! Watch this video to learn how to combine the two recipes together, and I hope you guys enjoy it as much I do! :)

Muah Chee (Glutinous Rice Snack With Peanut & Sugar)

Muah Chee or Glutinous Rice Snack With Peanut & Sugar is a popular Chinese snack. The traditional method for this recipe is to steam the rice flour batter and then kneading them until you have an elastic dough. I have done that several times in the past, but I found a better method from ZaTaYa Zong Han Yummy YouTube channel . All you have to do is mix all the ingredients in a non-stick pan, cook, stir, and knead with a sturdy rubber spatula. That's all there is to it, remember to check out my video and see how I make them.

Grilled Beef Skewers With Pineapple

This is one of my favorite grilled beef kebab recipes, juicy and so tasty. I have adapted the seasoning from the popular Vietnamese Bo Luc Lac or also known as Shaking Beef dish. Check out the video tutorial and learn how to make this yummy beef.

Grilled Chili Lime Crabs

Dungeness crabs are aplenty and are well priced over here in Vancouver now. I bought 2 large size crabs for this fantastic Grilled Chili Lime Crabs recipe. I had the crabs prep by the fishmonger to save time. Back at home, I simply coated the crabs lightly with some peanut oil and off they went to the hot grill. Then, the crabs were taken off the grill, tossed with some chili lime dressing, and placed back on the grill until they are thoroughly cooked. Easy and delicious! *This is an updated post with a video tutorial guide.

How To Make Kuih Keria (Sweet Potato Doughnuts)

This is a simple and yummy Malaysian doughnut or also known as Kuih Keria. It's made with sweet potato and coated with crystalized sugar and great with coffee or tea.

Green Mango Salad

I have made this salad to go with my lemongrass-roasted chicken. This Thai-Style green mango salad is tangy, spicy, sweet and sour! Brilliant with grilled chicken or any grilled meat and seafood. You should try it out someday. So, meantime enjoy the salad and I shall post the roasted chicken recipe tomorrow.

Steak Nachos

I made these mouth-watering nachos with some of the saute steak and vegetables from the Quesadilla. These Nachos are great for sharing, and it's easy to make too. All you have to do is layer the toasted tortilla chips with cheese, salsa, meat, and vegetables. Then bake in the oven until the tortilla chips are crispy and the cheese has melted. Make sure to serve it with some salsa fresca and guacamole.

Kerabu Kacang Botol~Winged Beans/Four Angled Beans Salad

The Winged Bean is also known as Kacang Botol, or Four-Angled Bean is a nutritious vegetable. They are high in protein, fiber, vitamin b and C, etc. These vegetables have a crunchy texture and taste really good raw. For this Kerabu or salad, I have added some coarsely pounded fresh red and Thai bird's eye chilies, shallots, ginger, and lemongrass. Then toss everything together with grated coconut, pounded dried shrimps, toasted shrimp paste or Belacan, red onion, and season with some lime juice and sea salt.

Steak Quesadillas

This Steak Quesadilla is one of my family favorites Tex-Mex dish. It's perfect meal to pair with Salsa Fresca and Guacamole. For this recipe, you can substitute with chicken, if beef is not your preferred meat.

Salsa Fresca~Fresh Salsa

This is a basic recipe for tomato salsa. They are great with nachos, quesadilla, fajitas, grilled seafood, etc.

Sayur Lodeh With Lontong

This Sayur Lodeh is delicious served with Lontong, as in rice cakes or compressed rice. You can also mix in some soften bean curd sticks, if available. If you prefer this dish without the rice, then you can add some mung bean's thread for a substantial meal. I have a video on how to make the Lontong, please check out the video below and thanks for watching.

Pulut Inti-Glutinous Rice With Sweet Coconut

These packets of Pulut Inti or Glutinous Rice With Sweet Coconut is one of my favorite Malaysian snacks. They are great snacks to be enjoyed over an afternoon tea or as a dessert, especially after a spicy meal. The steamed glutinous rice is infused with coconut milk and served with grated coconut that’s been cooked with a combination of Jawa/Palm and cane sugar.

Stir Fried Spicy Water Spinach (Goreng Kangkung)

This is a simple stir-fry vegetable, slightly spicy and the saltiness from the salted soy beans. It's delicious with steamed rice.

How To Stir-fry Flat Rice Noodles/Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow or Fried Flat Rice Noodle is another famous Malaysian hawker or street food. Similar to most Asian dishes, the secret to making a perfect plate of this noodle is to have all the ingredients at room temperature and fried quickly over some really big flames. Since most of us do not a high BTU stove top at home, just fry the noodles one serving at a time.

Sambal Petai With Shrimps

This is a recipe for Sambal Petai With Shrimps. It's spicy but milder than the recipe that I have posted earlier. To those who are not familiar with Petai, it's also commonly known as Sator, or Sataw beans, and might taste quite peculiar to some people. There are many health benefits for Petai too. Here is the link , if you're keen on learning more about it.

Stir Fried Tapioca Noodles

This is one of my favorite noodle dishes, and it's gluten-free too. These Stir-Fried Tapioca Noodles are popular throughout the Klang Valley area, which is in the central State of Selangor, Malaysia. Nevertheless, it's easy to prepare at home as well. Similar to most Asian dishes, the secret to making a perfect plate of this noodle is to have all the ingredients at room temperature and fried quickly over some really big flames. 

Broccoli, Leek, And Chickpea Soup

This Broccoli, Leek, And Chickpea Soup is one of the many warm and hearty soups that I often make at home. You can easily make it into a vegetarian option by replacing the chicken stock with vegetable broth. The soup is best served on the day you make.

Ayam Goreng Berempah (Aromatic Fried Chicken)

I love the aromatic flavors of this fried chicken. The chicken pieces are marinated with lots of fresh herbs and spices. Sounds like a long list of ingredients I know; nevertheless, rest assured it’s an effortless recipe.

Steamed Buns With Peanut And Sugar

These steamed buns are sweet and delicious. They are easy to make with homemade fresh bread dough, and filled with chopped peanuts and sugar. Enjoy the buns warm from the steamer or at room temperature. They are great for snacks or as breakfast.    

Soto Ayam

Soto Ayam is a spicy chicken soup with vermicelli. They are delicious with mungbean thread noodles (glass noodles) and lontong (compressed rice roll) too. I consider Soto Ayam a feast by itself and they are commonly found in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Sambal Kicap Manis (Spicy Sweet Soy Sauce)

This is a sweet and spicy condiment, great with any grilled meat, seafood, and fantastic with Soto Ayam.

Chocolate Pecan Cookies

This is a super indulgence gluten-free Chocolate Pecan Cookies. This recipe was adapted from Dominique Ansel , the world-renowned Cronut inventor. There is only a handful of ingredients to make the cookies. Just make sure to use high-quality chocolate with more than 60 percent cacao content and 84 percent of butterfat, and you're all set. *This is an updated post with a video tutorial.

Apam Balik

This is a thicker version of Apam Balik or pancakes filled with peanuts and sugar. The edges of the pancakes are crispy, and the middle is softer. These street-snacks are popular in Malaysia and Singapore.

Apple Hand Pies

These Apple Hand Pies are some of the easiest pie to make. The apple filling is slightly sweet, tart and flavored with some cinnamon, nutmeg and all-spice. The pastry is buttery with a delicate crunch in every bite.

Roti John~Meat & Egg Bread

This is a popular fusion sandwich made with beef and egg mixture. You can find this street-snack throughout Malaysia and Singapore. Note: You can substitute beef with chicken and Baguette with hot dog buns.

Ondeh-Ondeh (Buah Melaka)

Ondeh-Ondeh or also known as Buah Melaka is one of the traditional kuih in Malaysia and Singapore. They are either made from sweet potato or glutinous rice flour. These cute little Ondeh-Ondeh are infused with Pandan juice and filled with palm sugar and then rolled in with some fresh grated coconut. The palm sugar that's in it, literally burst in your mouth when you take a bite. They are sweet, delicious, gluten-free and suitable for vegan and vegetarian too.

Raw Energy Bars~Chocolate Orange

These are gluten-free Chocolate Orange Raw Energy Bars. It's made from scratch using raw ingredients, such as Medjool dates, raisins, cashew, almond, cacao, orange zest and juice. If you are a fan of chocolate and orange combination, then you'll love this recipe. They taste really good!

Pineapple Tarts (Open-Faced)

These are "Open-Faced" Pineapple Tarts, made with shortcut pastry. For this recipe, you'll need a pineapple cookie mold and with the option to decorate the top of the tart. Learn how to make them with my video tutorial, and Happy Baking.

Sweet Sticky Rice With Coconut And Mango~{Khao Niaw Mamuang}

This Sweet Sticky Rice With Coconut And Mango is definitely one of my favorite Thai desserts. The “Nam Dawk Mai” mango variety is perfect for this sweet and a slightly hint of saltiness treat.

Love Letters/Kuih Kapit

With the Chinese Lunar New Year just a couple of weeks away now, most Chinese families are busy preparing all sorts of cookies and goodies to be shared with family and friends. I'd like to share a couple of my favorite cookies recipes with you and I will start with this crispy, delectable, and lovely coconut fragrance cookies fondly known as Love Letters or Kuih Kapit in Malaysia. There are only five ingredients needed to whip up the batter, namely eggs, sugar, coconut milk, all-purpose flour, and rice flour. The traditional method is to use a special patterned iron mold press to cook the batter over a slow glowing charcoal fire. As I do not have access to the traditional apparatus and the weather here in Vancouver is still pretty chilly and wet, I used a KrumKake/Pizzelle maker to make these cookies instead. It works just as well, so, do try making these Love Letters using this tried and tested recipe and method. *This is an updated post with a new video cooking guide. {Origina

How To Make Kuih Bahulu

Kuih Bahulu is another popular Chinese Lunar New Year treats. Traditionally, they were baked in a cast iron mold and the heat came from the charcoal. Since, I don't have any of the stuff, I baked them in the oven with a simple Kuih Bahulu mold. The result was pretty good!

Baked Potato Skins “Pepperoni Pizza”

These are Baked Potatoes Skins "Pepperoni Pizza". They are lightly crisp and the pepperoni, marinara sauce, and cheese mixtures provide the right amount of saltiness that is needed. I think these are perfect snacks for game day.  *This is an updated post with a new video cooking guide. {Original Post Published on 01/30/2012}

Homemade Kaya~Coconut Jam

Kaya or Coconut Jam is a popular and delicious breakfast toast spread in Malaysia and Singapore. A perfect Kaya has to be smooth from hours of stirring. I have preciously shared some short cut recipe, but the traditional recipe and cooking method are the best. For this recipe, I opted for duck eggs for richer tasting Kaya. I have reduced the amount sugar and make some caramel instead. This recipe will yield thick, smooth and glossy jam. 

Zesty Ketchup Prawns

This is a sweet, tangy, and sticky Zesty Ketchup Prawns dish. Shelled prawns are preferred for this recipe. This is best served with plenty of steamed rice, and they are really finger licking good! *This is an updated post with a new video cooking guide. {Original Post Published on 01/02/2012}

How To Make Pineapple Tarts/Cookies

This is the enclosed version of the popular Malaysian Chinese New Year Pineapple Tarts. It's not that difficult to make but slightly time consuming. It's worth the effort as a great gift to friends and relatives. If you're not up to shape the tarts, then just roll it up, flatten the dough slightly, egg-wash them and bake until golden in color. They taste fantastic!