Penang Asam Laksa

June 25, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 10 Comments

Penang Asam Laksa

Whenever my 2 sisters go back to our hometown Penang, it’s a MUST for them to take a drive to Air Itam for the famous Penang Asam Laksa. Takeaway (the portion is slightly bigger) back to mama’s house or even bring a few packets back to Kuala Lumpur. I enjoy asam laksa, it’s just I don’t crave for that and I don’t have the habit of hunting down food.  Continue Reading →

Journey to Inner Food – Part 2 & Raw Pomodoro Pasta

September 7, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 10 Comments

Is everyone more excited about the vibrant fresh produce in my previous post? There’s more to the Inner Food Journey..

Raw Dishes @ Journey to Inner Food

Top: Salads & Dressings, popular Vegetable Lagsana
Bottom: Salmon Mousse Canapes & Sushi Rolls

In 4 days, we made more than 40 raw recipes, enough for a newbie like me to have a whole month of daily raw dishes.. from Breakfast to Desserts, from Japanese sushi to Bombay Curry. What I love is that most of the recipes are easy to follow (even a child can do it, just need a lot of chopping) and related to our Asian diet. The dish that got everyone going back for more are Vegetable Lagsana and Chinese Lo Mein, however I would reserve Vegetable Lagsana only for special occasion (it’s just too much work).  Continue Reading →

Vietnamese Lemongrass Beef with Vermicelli

June 9, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 32 Comments

Grilled Lemongrass Beef Vermicelli
If you love the Grilled Lemongrass Beef, you will love it with Bun (dry rice vermicelli in Vietnamese dipping sauce). This dish is a signature dish of Vietnam.

If you have tried Vietnamese food, chances are you have tried Bun, or dry rice vermicelli in Vietnamese dipping sauce (fish sauce) and topped with either grilled beef, BBQ shrimp, sugarcane shrimp or a combination of them. Besides pho and bun bo hue, this has got to be one of the most common and favorite dishes at Vietnamese restaurants. It’s not hard to figure out why this is. It’s so versatile and easy to prepare, the savory grilled lemongrass beef with refreshing herbs and vermicelli is refreshing and appetizing. It’s not only tasty, but very healthy and comes with all sorts of vegetables and herbs. This is a noodle dish that is both filling and satisfying.

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Malaysian Kerabu Beehoon (Rice Noodle Salad)

May 16, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 20 Comments

Kerabu = a spicy, sweet & sour salad.

Beehoon = rice vermicelli

Kerabu Beehoon is a vibrant Nyonya dish of rice vermicelli tossed with sambal belacan, calamansi juice, and lots of herbs. Nyonya is a culture and cooking style, from the influence of Chinese and Malay cultures in areas of what is now Malaysia and Singapore. Continue Reading →

LongYan Noodle Soup – In Memory Of My Ah Ma

October 21, 2011 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 10 Comments

This post in memory of my Ah Ma (paternal grandma who passed away this May) and my Papa (passed away in year 2000). I miss both of them a lot.

Both my paternal grandparents are from LongYan, west of Fujian, China. Ah Kong (Grandpa) was a young policeman during the KuoMingTang (China Nationalist Party) ruling, and he had to flee when the Communist took over China. He left Ah Ma and my one-year old Papa in LongYan with relatives, to seek for survival & refuge in Malaya (now known as Malaysia). 8 years later, Ah Kong finally managed to apply for Ah Ma and my Papa to come to Malaya & reunite.

My grandparents have been returning to their homeland every few years but my Papa only made his first visit in year 2000, just 6 months before he passed away. I’m glad I made the trip to my Papa’s homeland, to get to know where my roots begin.. Read more about my trip in 2003 to trace back my roots here Continue Reading →