It’s that time of the year again and we’re sure a lot of you are going for lots of Christmas or end of the year dinner parties. But say you don’t feel like crowds and loud conversations. Maybe you just want a dinner for two, something more intimate, something just for you and that special someone. Well, I'm going to share with you how to do this… More »
"Savoury soup, amazing fried chicken and a to die for Duck Egg Gulai!"
At a glance, behind Restoran Chemat could be any other nasi campur restaurant. But this place in Damansara Perdana does things a bit differently. Most nasi campur places have rows and plates upon plates of dishes, but not here. Oh no no, this place isn't into that. After all, how often do you really take more than 3 lauk into your rice plate? Exactly. Here, the selection is small. And that my friends, is a good thing.
Here at FriedChillies, we love our local markets. There's something evocative about going to a morning or night market, something intrinsic that you would never experience in the all too sanitary mega and hypermarkets that we're fast becoming accustomed to. Luckily, Malaysians are still going to the markets in droves. Markets are often colourful and quite a sight to behold.
Going to the market is almost like a ritual in itself. Once you get there, it's an awesome spectacle of loud noises from the vendors vying for your attention and promising bargains. It's the sights and smells and the ability to get up close and personal to people who really know their stuff. And if you're smart enough, sometimes the market offers great savings over your neighbourhood mega retailer too.
A while back we wrote a little guide on how to best experience markets. You can check it out here!
Though it was written awhile back, those rules still apply and will be of great help if you haven't been to our local pasars
much. And take your pick of what market to go to. There's dozens of them out there across the country. Famous ones include Pasar TTDI, Pasar Chowkit and Pasar Selayang. I know of people who actually drive up to a couple of hours out of KL… Continue reading »
Curry, or gulais in our local parlance, are a staple of the Malaysian table. I think there’s a version in every culture we have: Malay, Chinese and of course Indian. In fact the term curry can mean any number of different dishes! Well whatever the curry variety, you can bet that there are loads of delicious versions using a myriad of ingredients.… More »
The onions in this recipe are slow cooked until brown and crispy, then mixed into boiled pasta with some crispy breadcrumbs and fresh cherry tomatoes. Savoury and sweet, this recipe makes a great light meal. More »
Here's another round of Nasi Lemak Mondays!
There are plenty of anonymous stalls selling food in Malaysia. They're often called by their location rather than a special name. Case in point: I found this lady and her little stall at Persiaran Jati, Kota Damansara selling nasi lemak en route to work. She had several lauk: sambal kerang, ayam masak merah, sambal sotong and paru were present and accounted for. I asked for the nasi lemak with ayam merah.
Now I like spicy sambals and yay, this nasi lemak hit the spot. The sambal is hot and definitely wakes up your tastebuds on a Monday morning. The nasi is pleasant with a nutty flavour (although it was a bit undercooked... but I am told that some people like it this way?). The usual condiments were fine, too. Her ayam masak merah though is a bit of a miss: good flavour, but the chicken itself was a bit flaccid and overcooked.
Next time I should try her other lauk. This stall is located along Persiaran Jati towards Kota Damansara town centre, and it's opposite a Shell petrol station so there's your landmark there. Continue reading »
Maggi asked us to play around with their new Maggi Royale noodles, so here’s our take. But before that, for Malaysians, Maggi = instant noodles
. Maggi has become a generic term for almost ALL instant noodles regardless of brand. That’s how ingrained the image is to us. Their latest is the Maggi Royale brand of instant noodles that… More »