Sambal Lado Mudo – Green Chili and Tomato Relish

Sambal Lado Mudo - Green Chili and Tomato Relish

Sambal lado mudo, or more popularly known as sambal cabe ijo, is definitely the most famous chili relish from Padang cuisine. It may look like a pure green mess, but once you taste it, messy or not, you’ll want to have it with every meal. If you order a rice meal in any Padang restaurant, this sambal is almost always guaranteed to be included in your meal, and most are generous enough to give more if you ask. For those who don’t have easy access to Padang restaurant, here is my simple recipe to recreate sambal lado mudo at home. [Read more…]

Crab, Corn, and Asparagus Egg Drop Soup

Crab, Corn, and Asparagus Egg Drop Soup

This egg drop soup is commonly prepared for special occasions and is especially popular during Chinese New Year. For those who still consume shark fin (please don’t though), this is where shark fins are added to make shark fin soup. When my Grandma was still around, she would add a whole shot of X.O. cognac in the finished soup instead of Shaoxing, so if you have a bottle around and have no idea when you are going to finish it, give it a try. [Read more…]

Ayam Prune Pedas – Braised Spicy Chicken with Prunes

Ayam Prune Pedas - Braised Spicy Chicken with Prunes

For Indonesian like myself, I consider Malaysian ayam prune pedas as having a similar characteristic to Indonesian semur. Both dishes use copious amount of soy sauce – we use sweet soy sauce, while Malaysian use dark soy sauce with palm sugar, or gula melaka as it is popularly known in Malaysia – and both dishes use a lot of spice. All I can say is that if you love Indonesian semur, there is no way you won’t love this dish. [Read more…]

Chicken and Napa Cabbage in Egg Sauce

Chicken and Napa Cabbage in Egg Sauce

If you have ever encountered Chinese dishes with egg sauce in it, then you are probably going to be familiar with this recipe, or at the very least the texture and what you can expect out of it. If not, I am pretty sure that most people have tasted egg drop soup, and you can think of egg sauce dishes as close relatives to the soup with a slightly thicker consistency and is of course saltier since we do pair the finished dish with steamed white rice. [Read more…]

Udang Pedas Manis – Sweet and Spicy Shrimps

Udang Pedas Manis - Sweet and Spicy Shrimps

Peeling and deveining shrimps can be a pain, but somehow I prefer that than buying the already peeled and deveined ones. One reason is of course cutting down the cost (it’s always cheaper when buying intact shrimps), but there are two other advantages, one is you get to make seafood stock out of the peeled heads and bodies, and the other one is I sincerely believe that the closer the time between shrimps being peeled to being dumped into a hot pan the better. Anyway, if you want a quick and easy shrimp dish, it will be hard to beat this recipe. [Read more…]

Winter Melon Soup

Winter Melon Soup

Winter melon (Chinese: 冬瓜) is widely consumed throughout Asia in savory dishes and sweets. The Chinese believes that winter melon helps reduce heat, and is good to be consumed in hot summer weather and/or after eating too many fried food. One of the most straightforward way to enjoy winter melon is by making the ever popular winter melon soup. I use pork ribs for this, but if you prefer, you can also use chicken instead. [Read more…]

Ayam Sambal Goreng Sereh – Chicken in Spicy Lemongrass Sauce

Ayam Sambal Goreng Sereh - Chicken in Spicy Lemongrass Sauce

Eating rice for breakfast might be an alien concept for non Asian, but for Indonesian, not only are we eating rice for breakfast, we love to eat nasi uduk (fragrant coconut rice) with multiple side dishes, and one of them is always a meat, like this chicken, though I admit that it is more common for people to pair nasi uduk with fried chicken. But, you know, as human, I do crave variety every now and then, and I consider this a good option when I am sick of seeing another fried chicken 😉 [Read more…]

Dan Hua Tang – Egg Drop Soup with Shrimp, Tofu, and Shiitake

Dan Hua Tang - Egg Drop Soup with Shrimp, Tofu, and Shiitake

There is egg drop soup and then there is another kind of egg drop soup, and I don’t consider the cheap, and most of the times, free version of what is served in cheap Chinese restaurants across the States qualifies as one. Yes I see the egg, and yes it is soup, but taste wise, it is just a ghastly version of what I consider a true egg drop soup. It has come to the point that I would rather pass on the soup, even when it is free! My version might not be the best, but this I can eat and enjoy everyday :) [Read more…]

Ayam Percik Malaysia – Malaysian Grilled Chicken in Spices (Baked Version)

Ayam Percik Malaysia - Malaysian Grilled Chicken in Spices (Baked Version)

It’s grill time people! Or, for an even easier option, use the oven to make this super delicious ayam percik Malaysia (Malaysian grilled chicken in spices). This is one of the chicken dishes from Malaysia that I still crave from time to time. Fortunately, it is so easy to prepare, and if you are going to cook them in your oven, even easier. Of course, if you want the full treatment, grilling these can’t be beaten, and your neighbors are all going to be so jealous, or maybe expect them to knock on your door 😀 [Read more…]

Wuxi Chicken Wings

Wuxi Chicken Wings

I stumbled upon this recipe from one of my favorite blogger, Sonia of Nasi Lemak Lover. The chicken wings look so mouthwatering, and just reading through the ingredients list and the step-by-step convinced me that I need to make this at home ASAP! The great thing about this recipe is if you are an avid Chinese cuisine cook, you most likely already have all the ingredients in your pantry anyway, and this is definitely a keeper, the wings are so… flavorful and juicy, and finger-licking good. We were all sucking every bits up and our bones were all super clean LOL 😀 [Read more…]