Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles!) with Sundried Tomato Pesto

January 8, 2014 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 4 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 →

Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad)

November 15, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 5 Comments

Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad)

Grandpa loves to give away his papayas (pardon the pun) everything I visit. and I’ve made many visit since last year, hence papaya overload. He has 3 papaya trees in his backyard which he is extremely proud of. I do not understand why he loves planting just papaya and sugar apple trees in his huge backyard, I love other fruits too like mango, rambutan and passion fruits. Maybe I’ll sneak in a mango tree next time I’m back.

Last weekend, I took back an unripe (green) papaya to make Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad). Continue Reading →

Shakshuka (Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce)

December 6, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 25 Comments

Shakshuka (Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce)When I first saw Javelin Warrior made Shakshuka, I immediately cooked it for next day’s breakfast. There’s something about this “Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce” that is so irresistible. I’m hooked on my 1st bite and Shaksuka is now one of my favorite brunch. I’ve made this dish many times, it’s easy to prepare, makes a big breakfast/brunch and very delicious! Continue Reading →

Ayam Masak Merah (Chicken in Spicy Tomato Sauce)

August 18, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 18 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 →

Teochew Steamed Fish Recipe (潮州式清蒸鱼)

July 6, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 16 Comments


Steamed fish recipe is one of my go to weeknight dish – it’s quick, healthy and nutritious. I grew up eating Steamed Fish Teochew style almost every day, as mama is of Teochew descent. Teochew (or Chaozhou) people are native to the eastern Guangdong province of China and Teochew cuisine offers a lot of healthy steamed, stir-fried and braised dishes. Using whole fish with tomatoes, salted vegetables and salted plums, the flavours of Teochew Steamed Fish are savoury, sour, spicy and altogether very appetising. Continue Reading →

ABC Soup (Luo Song Tang)

November 30, 2011 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 8 Comments

I’ve been missing in action for almost a week, caught a flu bug from my mama who caught it from my grandpa. I took the much-needed rest, time out from cooking and writing. The weather around South East Asia should be getting hotter end of the year, but the daily rain seems to be helping the flu bug spread around. Please keep yourself warm and well rested.

Feeling much better today enough to start writing a short post. Today’s recipe should be very familiar to you if you are of a Chinese descent. You most likely know this soup, and you’ve probably made it dozens or maybe even hundreds of times before. Some people call this Luo Song Tang (罗宋汤), others call it ABC soup. Some Chinese restaurants refer to it as Chinese borscht on their menu. Why ABC? My take is because the soup so ridiculously easy to make, as easy as ABC. Whatever you choose to call it, the simple ingredients are simple and yet delicious. Great taste with little effort, what’s not to love? Continue Reading →