Lamb Stuffed Peppers

Lamb stuffed peppers are something that my husband has been bothering me to make for quite a long time.  It’s not that I was averse to making them.  I simply just had no idea of what kind of direction he wanted the recipe to go in.  What kind of peppers? How to season the filling? …

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Chicken Tikka Masala

The Chicken Tikka Masala Origin Story Chicken Tikka Masala was supposedly born in Glasgow when a customer complained about his chicken curry being dry.  To remedy this situation, the restaurant chef added some tomato soup to the mix and VOILA! This British-Indian dish was born.  Many people speculate on whether or not this is actually…

The Perfect Salmon Salad

Perhaps it’s the constant heat here in Malaysia or perhaps I simply have had enough with cleaning dishes piled high but recently I have come around to a nice salmon salad for dinner.  For one, it’s easy to throw together after a long day.  No slow cooking, hours-long roasting or labor-intensive side dishes.  Just one…

Andy’s Chicken Balti

A curry here, another curry there… Compare a local mamak (eatery) here in Malaysia with an Indian restaurant back home and you will be puzzled.  Granted, a mamak serves a wide range of different Malaysian foods from three (or more) different ethnic groups, not just food from the subcontinent, but if you fancy a curry…

Restaurant Style Rogan Josh

  Rogan Josh is delicious mutton or lamb curry: the name literally means ‘stewed in butter’.  No wonder I love it so much.  I can’t think of anything that I wouldn’t like if it was slow-cooked in butter.  Especially if that something was tender bits of lamb with spices.  The entire dish is as comforting…

Shanghai Noodles

  China is a great place for food.  Cumin dusted lamb and noodles in the West, spicy cuisine from Szechuan province, fried delicacies in Yunnan, dumplings in the North…I could go on but I get too hungry to finish the list.  However, if your taste runs more to the sweet than savory, you might want…

Curry Laksa

        How curry laksa was born The story goes that when Chinese immigrants settled in Malaysia, they married locals who learned to cook Chinese recipes but put their own twist on them by using local ingredients.  Hence, Peranakan cuisine (aka Nyonya cuisine) was born and still remains a delicious staple in Malaysia…

Seafood Nam Prik Pao

  Nam Prik Pao, or Thai chili paste, is a delicious concoction of mild red chilies, garlic, shallots and a tad of shrimp paste.  Sweeter than it is spicy, Nam Prik Pao can very easily be transformed into a sauce that can rescue even the dullest of dishes.  Stir fry some vegetables with the chili…

Beer Beef Brisket

  The genius of slow cooking beef brisket in beer. Slow cooking a chunk of beef brisket in beer for hours is a great idea.  Some could say, a ‘genius’ idea as it tenderizes the meat while enhancing the brisket’s natural flavor making it taste oh so beefy.  Add to this fact that this is…

Chicken Fajitas

      The evolving fajitas recipe Let me preface this by saying that I know fajitas were originally made with skirt steak.  Some food purists would argue that steak is the only way to have fajitas but I disagree.  You gotta change with the times if you stay current and fajitas NEED to stay…