The content department came back to the office from the TTDI market one day bearing this rather strange looking fruit. They were told that the fruit is pretty much prepared like a vegetable and made into stir-fries and salads. The funny thing was they had no idea how to prepare it! Luckily, I've seen this strange fruit before. It was a chayote
, a member of the squash and gourd family. It looks like a guava.
Fresh, it has a crispy, watery texture and takes on flavours very well. So I made a simple chayote salad that day. I made a simple dressing, using a combination of black vinegar, minced garlic, black & white sesame seeds, salt, a bit of sugar and some hot oil. Then I shredded the chayote and tossed it with the dressing.
Needless to say, my colleagues enjoyed it! This just goes to show there are plenty of fun, fresh ingredients from our local markets. So pack some bags and go to the pasar! Continue reading »
"Fresh fish off the boats!"
Hazard another 14km from teluk kemang into a place called Ikan Bakar Cahaya Kemang in Pasir Panjang, you will be rewarded with a scenic view and great ikan bakar place run by Kak Suzana. Her stall is not in the Medan Ikan Bakar Pasir Panjang but rather just before the medan, just at the fish markets of Kampung Telok, and yes, besides the fishing boats next to the river. Can you already imagine this scene?
Gulai lemak is such an easy local dish to prepare, and truly delicious to boot. The best thing is about this recipe is that it’s pretty fool-proof. This striking yellow gulai will brighten up any lunch or dinner. Best with hot white rice! More »
It's Monday again? So it's another Nasi Lemak Monday! Today's nasi lemak shout-out is for the stall that had the longest lines during our 'I Eat Nasi Lemak' event last year. They go through 100kgs of rice a year, so you know it's going to be good..
Rice is the star here
: soaked, par-cooked by steaming, cooled, then steamed again before the coconut milk is added. The result? A crumbly, fragrant, deliciously coconut-ty and nutty rice
that pairs wonderful with their range of lauk.
Go for the basics: their sambal is thick with chili and onions
, and is a luxurious, unctious version of this compulsory accompaniment. The flavours are deep and rich
, and not too spicy either so you can enjoy this without scalding your tongue. Don’t forget to try their lauks as well; they have quite a wide array, from ayam goreng, to various sambals (sotong being wonderful!
) and rendangs. Check out the full review here
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Yes, many find it overpriced and overrated but we love Jalan Alor. It’s an excellent place to bring someone new to the city, with plenty of streets nearby for after dinner drinks. Loud, in your face and often bewildering it is a great place to find inspiration for a cooking show like Simply… More »
Roti John is an all time favourite street food all over Malaysia. At its best it’s a sturdy loaf of bread sandwiching a spicy mixture of eggs and meat, served with condiments of your choice. Our version uses cheesy buns for a sloppy, but totally yummy take on this local delight. So check out this super easy recipe. More »
Cooking is all about the right chemistry. The moment we trained the cameras on Caroline, she just sizzled. British-born but very Malaysian in tastebuds, this half-Sarawakian lass is the host of Simply Caroline
our gorgeous new cooking show that takes you to iconic food places… More »