Monthly Archives: April 2010

Malaysian Sambal Kangkong (Water Spinach)

When stir fry veggies with oyster sauce no longer excites your palate, why not step out of your comfort zone and try the spicy and exotic ‘sambal kangkong’? This is a common and popular dish in Malaysia and definitely one of my top pick when it comes to veggie dishes whether at home or in restaurants. That said, it takes an acquired taste to enjoy this dish partly because not many people can appreciate the concentrated “shrimpy” scent and taste of belacan (Malay terms for shrimp paste).

 

Lentil Curry (Dhal)

I was working overtime last night and was relieved that I was in time to catch the season finale of My Kitchen Rules. Not to watch a cooking show with an empty stomach (that’ll be the utmost torture!), I started to look around in my kitchen for something that I can whip up in between commercials.

After a couple minutes of rifling through my overcrowded pantry, I came to the decision of making a dhal curry using red lentils. Although it may not be the authentic way (I think it calls for yellow/brown split peas), I just love that these lentils do not require soaking overnight and they soften considerably fast when cooking.

 

Haloumi Cheese Platter (Quick Brunch Idea)

There’s something about serving food on a platter that exudes the wow factor. While others may dress to impress, I choose to cook to impress. When I am cooking for for my hub and I , I mostly opt for plain one dish meals. Once in a while, I think it’s nice to spice things up a little in our diet department and hence the simple haloumi and salad platter for brunch. There’s not much cooking and skills required really. All it takes is to put the ingredients together, a bit of pan fry action and voila, brunch is ready!