Gado Gado (Indonesian Salad with Peanut Sauce)

March 26, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 6 Comments

Gado Gado (Indonesian Salad with Peanut Sauce)

Gado gado is one of the well known dishes from Indonesia. Although it looks like a salad dish, gado gado is also eaten as a one dish meal in Indonesia. Loaded with a variety of vegetable, the carbohydrate in the dish comes from lontong (compressed rice cake) and potatoes. Tofu, egg and tempeh are the protein sources. Continue Reading →

Crispy Salmon with Ginger Soy Sauce

March 19, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 8 Comments

Crispy Salmon Ginger Soy SauceI have not posted many fish recipes even though fish is on my dinner plate almost 3 times a week. 80% of the time, the weeknight fish dish is easy 10 mins Teochew Style Steamed Fish or Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish recipe. If you are like me who prefer hassle-free cleaning aftermath, then steaming food is one of the best cooking method. Not only that, most Asians kitchen do not have an oven, and I too am bias towards using the stove than the oven. Continue Reading →

Macanese Portugese Chicken (Baked Coconut Saffron Chicken)

February 25, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 4 Comments

Macanese Portugese Chicken (Coconut Saffron Chicken)

It’s incredible that many delicious food have been fused & created due to influences from another culture. Like Chinese Fortune Cookies (can’t find them in China) or Dutch Baby Pancakes (nope, the Dutch have not heard of them) or Japanese Cheesecake (made famous by the Japanese and became a craze in some Asian countries). Same goes to this Portuguese Chicken in Macau, I doubt this dish can be found in Portugal. Continue Reading →

Ratatouille’s Ratatouille (Thomas Keller’s Confit Byaldi)

February 6, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 9 Comments

Ratatouille's Ratatouille (Thomas Keller's Confit Byaldi)

Ratatouille’s Ratatouille is by far my most elaborate and crazy cooking attempt. It took me 4 hours. Phew. My Wild Mushroom Quiche for Nutriplus baking competition looked easy compared to this dish. The 4 hours of hard work was worth it after the photo received lots of “wow” when I posted on my social media accounts and it was featured on Sorted Food’s Eye Candy VideoContinue Reading →

Hong Kong Style Steamed Cod Fish

January 23, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 6 Comments

Steamed Cod Fish

Steamed Cod Fish is another indulging recipe you can effortlessly recreate at home. This recipe is simple and absolutely delicious. The flesh of fresh cod is silky and practically melt in your mouth. Cod has a ‘sweet’ taste  that you can just eat it on its own without seasoning. Not only that, I can eat rice with just this awesome sauce alone. Simply umami!  Continue Reading →

Braised Mushroom & Sea Cucumber with Broccoli

January 20, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 2 Comments

Braised Mushroom & Sea Cucumber with Broccoli

Festivities are usually the time to indulge. For the Chinese, most of us indulge in high-end and auspicious dried seafood during Chinese New Year. For some households, ingredients like dried scallops, sea cucumber and abalone are pretty common and highly regarded for their health benefits. Not mine though, luckily.  One will need deep pockets to enjoy them on a regular basis. Abalone is an acquired, expensive taste, like caviar or truffles. One fresh abalone can cost up to RM500.. *sweat* Continue Reading →

Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles!) with Sundried Tomato Pesto

January 8, 2014 by Shannon Lim | 3 Comments

Zucchini Noodles with Sundried Tomato Pesto

I know there’s a lot of hype about going raw, paleo or whole30. Let’s not start with the labeling. As long as it is whole food & real food, you can’t go wrong there. As I’m wheat intolerant, grating zucchini into noodles (so it’s zoodles?) is a great noodle substitute for me. Yes it’s zucchini noodles, it can be eaten raw or if you don’t like the raw veggie taste, blanch it with hot water. Oh but that’s extra work.. so why don’t you try eating zucchini raw for a change?  Continue Reading →

Kafta Stew (Middle Eastern Meatball Stew)

December 16, 2013 by Shannon Lim | 2 Comments

Lebanese Kafta StewIt has been raining non-stop 2 weeks ago. the monsoon season has started. I just love rainy days, watching the rain drops on the window or hearing the rain drops on the roof. so soothing and comforting.. just like stews.

To me, there’s something comforting about stews even on hot days. I guess being brought up in a tropical country, we are used to having hot soups, porridge and stews anytime of the year. Continue Reading →

Dajaj Mandy (Chicken Mandy)

December 6, 2013 by Shannon Lim | 10 Comments

Chicken Mandy, Gulf style recipe

Every time I had an outing with my Arab friends, no matter which part of KL we are, we will end up having our meals at Half Moon restaurant at Serdang, that serves amazing Yemeni dishes.They just refuse to go to other Middle Eastern restaurant. In their opinion, Half Moon serves the best Middle Eastern food in town. Period. Yes, I have to agree. Best and cheap. But can’t say much their customer service though. And we almost order the same rice dishes – Mandy, Haneth or Kabsa and their amazing must have flat bread. I will always steal a bite or two of the bread. If I’m not wheat intolerant, I could have easily finish the massive flatbread myself. Continue Reading →

Salt Grilled Mackerel (Saba Shioyaki)

October 25, 2013 by Shannon Lim | 0 comments

Grilled Mackerel (Saba Shioyaki)

Salt Grilled Mackerel or Saba Shioyaki is a popular seafood dishes served as an entrée or part of a bento combination in Japanese restaurants.

I have to confess. I’ve never ordered Saba Shioyaki before in the restaurant. I always end up ordering salmon because it’s usually almost the same price. Yes, I didn’t think very highly of mackerel. The poor mackerel didn’t get all the media hype like salmon does. Mackerel is one of the highly recommended oily fish for a healthy diet, rich in essential oils, vitamins, minerals and Omega fatty acids. Continue Reading →

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