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Yong Tau Foo- How to make it at home

Yong tau foo is a Chinese cuisine that has become one of Malaysia’s most famous street foods. It is a Hakka Chinese food, and the word in Chinese 酿豆腐 means stuffed tofu.  This Chinese cuisine has evolved in Malaysia with its interpretation, including various vegetables besides tofu. They are either deep-fried, pan-fried, or served by …

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Cucur udang recipe- How to make Malaysian prawn fritters

Cucur udang is the Malaysian version of prawn fritters, hugely popular street food that you can find at Pasar Malam (night markets), Ramadhan bazaars, and hawker stores. It has a crunchy exterior when fresh from the wok, with a soft interior filled with various vegetables. When frying, the prawns are usually placed on top and …

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Rendang Tok – how to make the best beef rendang from Perak

Rendang Tok is the famous beef rendang that originated from the state of Perak, where I spent most of my childhood time before leaving for college. It is dry rendang believed created by the royal cooks, who had the luxury to access different spices that were out of the reach of the ordinary people in …

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Seri Muka- How to make the delightful Malaysian dessert

Seri Muka is a Malaysian dessert consisting of two layers. The custard layer is infused with pandan extract, sitting on coconut milk flavored glutinous rice base. The contrasting flavor of the two layers makes it a delightful dessert among the Baba Nyonya and the Malays.  Seri Muka means a smooth and beautiful face. It is …

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Ondeh ondeh – How to make the delightful dessert with palm sugar

What is ondeh ondeh? It is a sweet delicacy with palm sugar wrapped within a glutinous rice flour dough and coated with salted grated coconut. There are other names for ondeh ondeh. My Indonesian friend said it is called klepon, and it is also named buah Melaka as its shape resembles the fruit of the …

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Chinese okra recipe with garlic chili sauce

There are various ways to cook okra- make curry, gumbo, oven-roasted, stew, etc. Here is a different Chinese okra recipe – just blanch or steam the okra and dress with the chili garlic sauce. Okra dressed with chili garlic sauce is a quick and easy Chinese okra recipe often prepare in the ordinary household. It …

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Devil’s curry – how to make authentic curry debal

What is Devil’s curry, and why is it so evil? Devil’s curry is the name given to a traditional dish from Malacca’s Portuguese community. It is another name given to the Debal curry, which is usually served during Christmas. The word Debal means leftovers in the local Kristang language, as the dish is made from …

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Sambal prawn – How to prepare my favorite prawn with chili paste

Sambal prawn (sambal udang) is the favorite Malaysian dish prepared with sambal tumis, a relish made with chilies, tamarind, dried shrimps, and belacan. It is cooked with sambal, the chili paste with a balance of spicy, savory, tangy flavor. Sambal prawn is usually served as the side dish. The sauce takes center stage as it …

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Deep fried pork ribs – a.k.a. pork rib king (排骨王)

Deep fried pork ribs come in different flavors and cooking styles. The best one is called ‘pork ribs king’ (排骨王), popular in Chinese restaurants in Singapore and Malaysia. The pork ribs are marinated, deep-fried, and doused in a sweet and sour sauce. It tastes heavenly when serving immediately while still crispy on the outside and …

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