A Malaysian Cook’s Staple
Beef Sate Malay Style
Fragrant Notes from Fennel, Cumin, Coconut
In this Malaysian Sate we have a nice mixture of aromatics, including Fennel, Cumin, Coconut Milk, and Cilantro.
1 ½ pound boneless Beef Steak
2 teaspoons ground Turmeric
2 teaspoons ground Cumin Continue reading
A Malaysian Dessert
A Staple at Malayan Weddings
Ghee Meets Saffron and Vanilla
Nasi Minyak, or Savory Rice, is a version of Rice cooked in or with Ghee, with an addition of spices and is a key dish in Malayan cuisine.
The name Nasi Minyak comes from Malay and literally means “Rice cooked with Oil,” referring to the Ghee which is a key ingredient in this preparation.
Nasi Minyak is commonly served at Malayan wedding banquets. Here is a recipe obtained from one of the Chefs at the legendary Goodwood Park Hotel in Singapore. Continue reading
Durian Cake and Zuberbuhler’s Special
Raffles, Maugham and Lord Jim Country
“At the end of the tenth century Canton carried on direct trade with the Malay Peninsula.” —Friedrich Hirt and W. W. Rockhill 
For centuries the Malay Peninsula has been an important corridor in the southern sea route of the Spice Route.
The Strait of Malacca was an important Continue reading
Essential to Any Indonesian Dinner
Another Tamil Traveler
“A most essential part of any respectable Indonesian dinner.” — Alec Robeau 
“In the realm of condiments, the unbridled Indonesian imagination runs wild.” — Agnes de Keijzer Brackman 
The Indonesian food group called Sambals is sometimes translated as pickles or relish or condiments. It is commonly described as chili based, although this may not always be the case.
Sambal is normally used to mean a condiment that has a chile based sauce.
Sambals are popular in the cooking of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, Continue reading
A Tropical Secret
Not Just for Candy Bars
“Coconuts are probably the most valuable fruit of the tropics.” — Kathie Webber 
The Coconut is a staple food throughout the tropical regions of the world. If you cook Southeast Asian dishes, you no doubt already use Coconut and Coconut Milk in making a number of dishes. [2,3]
Coconut Milk is used in making curries, as well as sauces, soups, and as ingredients in a number of dishes in several Pacific Rim countries.
In recent years, some concerns have surfaced about possible health risks connected with Coconut, especially with the nature of the oil it contains. On the other hand, there are reports that there may be a number of health benefits involved, ranging from cancer prevention to treatment of dementia. Continue reading