Biskut Suji (Semolina Biscuits)


Biskut Suji (Semolina Biscuit)

Biskut Suji (Semolina Biscuit)

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is just around the corner. Time passed by so fast and the next thing you know, you have to get busy with the preparations. One of the many things most Malay households have to prepare are the kueh-mueh or the Hari Raya biscuits or cakes. The usual question is “Dah beli kueh? Beli ke buat?” in English it’s “Have you bought the biscuits or cakes for Hari Raya? Did you make or buy it?”.

Well, this year after so many years I am making it myself. The hubby suggests to buy it as usual. But I want to try baking the biscuits. This is a good opportunity to test recipes and compile the best ones for future use and share it with my loved ones and friends. So I started with something simple (or so I thought..) like making Biskut Suji. Continue reading

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Bubur Kacang Hijau (Mung Bean Porridge) for clear skin


Bubur Kacang Hijau (Mung Bean Soup)

Bubur Kacang Hijau (Mung Bean Soup)

This is a common sweet dessert among the Malays, not to mention the easiest to make too. This is one of the comfort food I grew up with. Recently I cooked thisĀ  because I wanted something sweet, simple and soupy instead of baking or steaming. It’s great for Iftar (breaking fast), quite filling and easy to digest too.

Besides being a rich source of nutrients and proteins, Mung beans are also known to clear toxins from your body too. I recalled watching a Korean period drama where the poisoned person is treated with mung bean soup. I know it’s just TV but I bet there’s some truth in it and when I looked it up, it’s true! Continue reading

Asam Pedas Ikan Pari (Sting Ray in Spicy and Sour Gravy)


Who says starting a blog is simple? I agree, it is. But maintaining a blog is…hmm. I experienced a mental block yesterday and didn’t know what to write. It would have been easy for me to just post a recipe and that’s it. But I wouldn’t do that to my readers, however few I have. So in search of ideas, I got my gear and went out, hoping that I’ll find something interesting to write about.

stall 1I made my way to the temporary bazaar near my place. It is called Bazaar Ramadhan. Normally I avoid such places at all costs. Why? Because I am fasting and this place is a food paradise during the fasting month. A whiff of the briyani rice and the dendeng in your nostrils is enough to waver even the strong-willed.

So with absolute determination I made my way to the bazaar equipped with my dSLR Nikon camera which in the end I did not use because I was too embarrassed to take it out in case someone thinks that I am showing off. Or maybe it was just me being too self-conscious? So I used my 8.0 megapixel android mobile phone instead. Continue reading

Kueh Lapis Nonya (Steamed Layer Cake)


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Kueh Lapis Nonya

Kueh Lapis is a multi-colored layered steamed cake. That’s about how I summed up Kueh Lapis in a nutshell. But I wouldn’t do it justice by stopping here. It has a pleasant pandan (screwpine) fragrance, layers and layers of colors pleasing the eyes of the young and old, a chewy texture that greets you the moment you bite into it and that mildly sweet taste that can satisfy your sweet tooth.

First of all let me clarify that I am referring to the steamed Kueh Lapis, a Nonya delicacy. No one could mistook a Nonya’s Kueh Lapis for something else, it’s signature layers of colors of red, green and white are well-known in Singapore and Malaysia. Continue reading

Kari Kepala Ikan (Fish Head Curry)


Fish Head Curry

Fish Head Curry

Like most of the curry dishes, fish head curry is one of the many curry dishes loved by many. It is more well known notably among Singaporeans. Just head down to Samy’s or Muthu’s or any of the Indian restaurants on Race Course Road for a taste. It’s just sublime and you just can’t help but to associate this dish with ‘you died and go to heaven’ feeling.

The husband just can’t get enough of this dish and often asked us out to eat at any of these restaurants to get his dose of fish head curry.

Since it is such a favorite dish in my family, I headed down to the wet market in the morning to look for red snapper fish head and some ladies fingers. I look forward to go to the wet market near my place. Continue reading

Sambal Kacang Ikan Bilis (Anchovies and Groundnuts in Chilli)


Sambal Kacang Ikan Bilis

Sambal Kacang Ikan Bilis

We are mid-way into the holy month of Ramadhan. Today’s the 15th day. For the past 14 days Muslims all over the world fasted from dawn to dusk. I’m glad I have not missed a single day of fast.

We have been avoiding the Ramadhan bazaar like the plague and cook our meals every day instead of eating out or buy takeaways. We break our fast with home cooked food thus no food had been wasted. Alhamdulillah.

Fasting is very good for the soul not to mention the physical health benefits. Fasting is not just about abstaining from eating and drinking. We also cleanse ourselves spiritually in thoughts and actions.

My guilty desires as you may have guessed is food, glorious food. I curb my sinful desire for food by cooking for my family because unexplainably when you cook for others especially for Iftar you don’t feel hungry afterwards. I always end up being the person who eat the least amount of food at the dinner table. Continue reading

Air Kathira (Cooling Kathira drink)


Air Kathira

Air Kathira sold in Bazaar Ramadhan

Air (pronounced as ah-yer) Kathira is a cold refreshing drink made with evaporated milk, pandan (screwpine) flavored syrup, kathira gum, biji selasih (basil seeds) and buah kembang semangkuk (malva nuts). It is one of the popular drinks sold during the fasting month of Ramadhan in Singapore and Malaysia.

There are many versions of this drink. There are bandung (rose syrup), blueberry or chocolate flavored, just to name a few. I have yet to see soybean air kathira with less sugar, it will be a healthier choice for the health conscious?

Kathira is a natural gum extracted from a tree, you can find it in powder form or in small opaque chunks. It’s been told that kathira gum is consumed to reduce heatiness so that is just what we need in hot and humid South East Asia.

Buah Kembang Semangkuk or Malva nut you get from the shops here are sold, dried. It is also known as a coolant and used to treat coughs and constipation but it is not recommended to consume more than 2 seeds per cup of water, in fact, Continue reading