Crave

Yam rice with kiam chia soup

    This is a meal that pairs the fragrant rice cooked with yam with a sourish soup of pork and salted vegetables. The yam rice is fluffy and so tasty, you can eat it as it is. Add on a few dishes especially the salted vegetable soup that is bound to add some zest to the meal. This yam rice with sourish soup dish are available mostly in the mainland side of Penang, particularly in Bukit Mertajam. There are also few… Read More »Yam rice with kiam chia soup

    Easy Pixie Cabbages Stir Fry

      Sometimes we are short of time and need to prepare dinner (or lunch) in a hurry. This is where simple stir fried dishes come in. Pixie cabbages, in the same family as cabbages and yes, brussel sprouts too, has a nice crunchy texture to it if lightly cooked. This dish is easy to prepare for those busy days when you need to prepare dinner in a jiffy. All you need are simple ingredients that are staples in most Asian kitchens. 

      Bak Kut Teh

        The boiling aromatic pot of tender soft bak kut (pork ribs) simmering in hot claypot and spices, bak kut teh in Penang is not as well-known as Klang but unsurprisingly, it is one of the hawker foods that locals have enjoyed for breakfast and supper. Bak kut teh will keep your tummies warm and cravings satisfied. Bak kut teh literally means Pork bone tea soup and is a Chinese herbal soup dish believed to be introduced into Malaysia in the 19th… Read More »Bak Kut Teh

        Hong Bak

          Hong bak is one of the rare dishes that are hard to find outside. It is a traditional Nyonya dish that is mostly found in Nyonya homes. This is a braised pork belly dish with a distinctive flavour due to the use of sand ginger (cekur) in the recipe. It is a dish often reserved for special occasions and celebrations. 

          Putu Mayong

            They look exactly like the common rice vermicelli, except for its softer, more fragile texture. It may seem plain and tasteless looking coils of white rice noodles but do not underestimate this addictive delicacy. The Putu Mayong, sometimes also known as Putu Mayam, used to be sold by travelling vendors on pushcarts, and even bicycles in recent times. The Putu Mayong’s origin can be traced back to Southern India where it is also known as string hoppers. This simple dish… Read More »Putu Mayong

            Chicken Stew

              One of the easiest one-pot meals is chicken stew. This is the ultimate in comfort food and it is easy to prepare too. Best of all, you can eat it on its own or with some soft warm bread or fluffy steamed white rice. Perfect for a lazy weekend or during cold rainy days. 

              Wanton Mee

                When it comes to noodle for breakfast, most of the time children will ask for Wanton Mee. It is children all time favourite. It has the sweet with slight salt and chewy noodle. Wanton Mee is a delicious serving of noodles in either dry or soup version. The dry version uses a dark soy base while the soup traditionally comes with chicken or pork broth. The ubiquitous wanton noodles is a common hawker fare that is simple in its preparation,… Read More »Wanton Mee

                Spicy Cockles

                  Cockles are now very hard to find in the markets due to dwindling harvests. However, sometimes we can find some of it still available in markets near the coastal areas, often sold my fishermen. This mollusc is a local delicacy and due to its unique metallic taste, some people may not like it. However, cockles can taste really good if prepared with some local spices and herbs. Try this recipe out and you may learn to love cockles yet.