Nasi Kerabu Kelantan (Kelantan Herb Rice Salad)

April 20, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 7 Comments

Nasi Kerabu Kelantan

Nasi Ulam (Herb Rice Salad) is a feature in Malay cuisine, usually it’s a steamed rice mixed with various herbs, vegetables, spices and accompanied with various side dishes. There’s 2 popular variation – Nasi Ulam on the northwest Peninsular Malaysia and Nasi Kerabu (with rice dyed blue) on the northeast Peninsular Malaysia, in state of Kelantan and Terengganu. Continue Reading →

Asian Inspired Sunkist Citrus Recipes with Chef Robert Danhi

March 16, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 11 Comments

Sunkist Oranges & Lemons

Almost every day after dinner during my growing up years, Sunkist oranges will definitely be on the fruits platter for dessert. I think that’s pretty much a typical scene in most Malaysian homes back then. Eating fresh orange and juicing are the 2 most common ways most people consume oranges. When I was invited to attend a cooking demo with Sunkist, I look forward to discovering new ways to use the citrus. Continue Reading →

Quick & Healthy Meals with Ozganics

December 1, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 14 Comments

Imagine food grown using the age-old methods of Mother Nature herself. That means no chemicals, fertilizers, irradiation, artificial food additives or genetic tampering in the production of food. Anni Brownjohns, founder of Ozganics – an Australian owned organic food manufacturer, is in town on a personal mission to change minds and lives by telling the world that good, healthy food is not merely boring and dull.

Ozganics' Founder Anni Brownjohn

Ozganics’ Founder Anni Brownjohn with Chef Ryan Khang of Nourish!

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Happy Deepavali & Guestpost: Chicken Kurma

November 12, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 7 Comments

Happy Deepavali to all Hindu friends.

I am thankful to have the very talented Sri from Love2Cook Malaysia to share with us a delicious Diwali recipe. When I stumbled upon Love2Cook Malaysia earlier this year, I couldn’t stop browsing through the gorgeous mouthwatering Malaysian food and bakes. Despite her busy schedule in preparing for Deepavali, the ever so lovely (& huge chicken lover) Sri has so kindly cooked up a scrumptious chicken dish: Chicken Kurma. Do head over to Love2Cook Malaysia to show Sri some love for this Deepavali festival.

I’d better not take up much space, let’s have Sri’s gorgeous food take over from here.


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Lotus Root Soup with Peanuts & Red Dates

November 5, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 16 Comments

As I was digging around my files, I found this Lotus Root Soup photos in my archive that has yet to be published. The photos were taken almost a year ago. Time sure flies.

I come from a family of soup lovers, there’s never a day without Chinese soup during my growing up years. Papa would come home after work and be happy with just a big bowl of hot simmered soup. And the tradition continues. Sometimes I do that too, on the days where I want a light dinner. Maybe others will find it strange that we drink hot soup in hot tropical weather. To me, a simple bowl of soup like this is the essence of the wholesome goodness of home-cooked food. Continue Reading →


Kay Pachok (Skewered Chicken)

October 31, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 7 Comments

Kay Pachok (Skewered Chicken)When I saw this Kay Pachok (Skewered Chicken) on Phong Hong Bakes, I immediately bookmarked to make it for Malaysian Food Fest: Terengganu Month hosted by Lena of FrozenWings. But this month has been so busy with my participation in the Nutriplus Baking Competition that I’m only managed to squeeze in time to post this recipe in the nick of time. More stories about the baking competition soon.

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Buckwheat Wrap (Gluten Free Wrap)

October 23, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 23 Comments

After making a couple different types of pancake (Strawberry Crepes, Gluten free Crepes and the last one Durian Pancake), I was  intrigued with the tender and pliable texture of the durian pancake that makes it easy to wrap or fold. I thought it is be a great recipe to tweak for a gluten free wrap.  Continue Reading →

Dayak Black Pepper Stew

September 10, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 29 Comments

This month’s Malaysian Food Fest brings us to the state of Sarawak. Known as Bumi Kenyalang (“Land of the Hornbills”), Sarawak is the largest of Malaysia’s States and one of the two States located on the third largest island in the world — Borneo. With little knowledge that I have on Sarawakian dishes, my research brought new understanding and delights into my life.

The Dayak are the native people of Borneo. It is a loose term for over 200 riverine and hill-dwelling ethnic subgroups, located principally in the interior of Borneo, each with its own dialect, customs, laws, territory and culture, although common distinguishing traits are readily identifiable. As Sarawak contains large tracts of tropical rainforest, the food of the natives are hugely influenced by the natural resources surrounding them whether it’s the jungle, forest, sea or rivers. Activities like foraging, hunting and fishing were important for food source. Continue Reading →


Ayam Masak Merah (Chicken in Spicy Tomato Sauce)

August 18, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 17 Comments

Ayam Masak Merah (Chicken in Spicy Tomato Sauce)

Tomorrow is Hari Raya or Eid, the biggest Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, or the Islamic holy month of fasting. In Malaysia, all races come together to celebrate all types of festivities with open house, and we are served with lots of food.

My favourite Hari Raya open house dish is Ayam Masak Merah (Chicken cooked in rich creamy spicy tomato sauce). Yes, Ayam Masak Merah is not an everyday affair, it is a unique dish to be enjoyed on special occasions such as “traditional Malay weddings” and Hari Raya or Eid Celebration. Continue Reading →


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