stuffed bread

gong bian, stuffed flat bread

We first discovered gong pian (pronounced kom-pyang) in 2006 when we were in Penang visiting my uncle…

spicy pork noodles

oodles of spicy pork noodles

Dry pan meen is a bowl of chewy square-cut noodles topped with minced pork cooked in soy sauce (with occasional crispy pork skin), crispy ikan bilis (deep-fried anchovies)…

chicken satay
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chicken satay recipe

Satay is a popular street food throughout SE Asia. Small chunks of meat threaded onto bamboo skewers and char grilled over coal or wood fire…

roti cania

roti canai for breakfast

Roti canai comes multi-layered – soft and fluffy inside and crispy on the outside. It is served with a runny lentil dal…


mad about durian, the king of fruits

Durian is something that I get rather excited about. Every year I am tempted by the presence of these spiky fruits…

roselle leaves

my favourite greens – roselle leaves

What I love about being back in Asia is the wonderful warmth that clings to you when you step out into the night air. There is no need to fuss about bringing a cardigan…

fish head noodles

fish head noodles

Three generous bowls of rice vermicelli in a creamy soup arrive. A scatter of deep-fried shallots and sliced spring onions sprinkled on top…

Kuala Lumpur

paradise palace, kuala lumpur

While we are in KL I am on the look out for Burmese restaurants. There are many Burmese stores and restaurants in the area around Kota Raya…

Burmese paratha
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burmese paratha | htut thayar palata

I had an email from Michelle who wanted a recipe for Burmese paratha. It has been some time since I made them…

monk in ananda pogoda

ananda pagoda in bagan

This photograph is a reminder of our visit to Ananda Pagoda in Bagan. We spent an afternoon sitting quietly on the cool tiled floor, attempting to blend in with the locals…

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