How to Make Solok Lada (Malay Stuffed Chillies) – Nasi Kerabu Part 4 of 4

  This has to be my favourite among the many accompaniments that make up a Nasi Kerabu - chillies stuffed with a mix of fish paste and coconut, then simmered in coconut milk.   Solok Lada (Stuffed Chillies) INGREDIENTS: 300g large red chillies, slit on one side vertically and deseeded 500g basa fillets 1 Tbsp » Read More

How to Make Serunding and Ikan Goreng (Fried Fish) – Nasi Kerabu Part 3 of 4

Serunding, aka spicy meat floss, is another iconic Kelantan food that goes well with Nasi Kerabu, as is a simple grilled or pan-fried fish, typically ikan kembung (mackerel). I used barramundi (well, half of one) in my Live Asian Kitchen broadcast. Serunding INGREDIENTS: 250g cooked beef 1 cup desiccated coconut ½ cup coconut » Read More

How to Make Laksam

No, it’s not a typo - Laksam is indeed a different dish to the (I would hope) universally-known Laksa. I could be totally off the mark but I think I read somewhere that the etymology of the word is “laksa” plus “asam”, in other words, sour laksa. Having said that, the defining feature of Laksam is the use of steamed rice flour rolls instead of » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 8

Recipes for Ketupat Sotong (Squid Stuffed with Glutinous Rice) and Kerabu Pucuk Nipah (Palm Shoots Salad) from Perdana Resort, Kota Bharu We showed up at Perdana Resort, a beachside property, for the next two cooking demonstrations - and found another extravagant banquet had been prepared for us that included Kelantan’s very unique laksa (I will » Read More

Travel Diary – Kampung Baru, KL (Part 1)

Print PDF Prologue This is a story that Pak Aziz of Sukasuka Lake Retreat in Perak relayed during the second leg of my Culture, Heritage and Nature Delight tour. The retreat is in a very rural part of Malaysia - we’re in the middle of a kampung (Malay village), where life runs at a different pace and where it seems in many ways like time has » Read More