nyonya-style chicken curry | nyonya kari aya

There is a crisp air this morning that signals autumn is well underway (down under) and it’s time to switch from fresh, light, zingy salads to more robust, earthy and comforting dishes. For me a big flavoured chicken curry always does the trick. I decide on Nyonya-style as Christopher and I have been talking about our time in Malaysia and of course the food.

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about the author

Cho has been writing and photographing Burmese food since 2004, when she returned to Burma to rediscover the food of her childhood. She launched hsa*ba webiste in 2006 where she shares her family recipes and gives a rare insight into a closed culture. Her first book, hsa*ba, burmese cookbook was published in October 2008.

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folded pancake with red beans & coconut | kauk mote

folded pancake with red beans & coconut

I remember as a child, walking to the night market with my parents and eyeing the tempting sweets that lined the bustling streets of our local area. These sweets were usually bought from the street vendors as special treats rather than made at home.

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rambutan

rambutan

description Rambutan comes from the Malay word rambut which means hair. These red fruits indeed do look like hairy versions of lychees. To eat, either peel away the skin or make a score with a knife and pull the skin apart. The white fleshy fruit is firm and juicy with a seed in the middle.…

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tofu & eggplant salad

tofu and eggplant salad

This quick and easy salad is something I rustled up the other day for a vegetarian friend. Normally I would add a spoonful of pounded dried shrimps and season with fish sauce. Still the vegetarian version worked well.

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sago pearls in coconut milk | thar-gu ohn nyot

sago with coconut milk

This is a childhood favourite, a welcomed cooling treat during the hot season. Generous amount of crushed ice was added to the creamy coconut milk mixed with caramel-like sugar syrup and chewy sago pearls. This recipe is very simple and you can add additional flavours and textures to it if you wish.

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banana blossom & prawn curry

Banana blossoms are either made into salads or cooked in curries. They have a fairly neutral taste though there is a slight earthiness similar to fresh bamboo shoots. They work great with bold flavours.

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organic pork at eveleigh market

eveleigh market

In search of pork that has been sustainably and humanely raised, Christopher and I finally made it to Eveleigh market this weekend. I have been looking forward to eating pork again as it has been some time since I cooked my two favourite pork dishes: Tamarind Pork and Slow-cooked Pork Belly.

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