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Vangi bhath (Eggplant & lentil spiced rice)
Cream of kangkung soup
Green beans poriyal
Stir-fried kangkung with budu
Lemon basil sambal
Char swee (Stir-fried cucumber in vinegar)
Winged bean kerabu
Simple tomato soup
Linugu tanggalung kinayan limau om bawing (Roasted eggplant with lemon basil salad)
Fried popiah
Stir-fried cabbage with almond flakes
Sambal tempra
Terung Dayak with mackerel
Banana heart kerabu
Mom’s year-round yee sang
Pumpkin masala
Umbut sawit in belacan
Shukto
Kangkung belacan
Vangi bhath (Eggplant & lentil spiced rice)
Cream of kangkung soup

Cream of kangkung soup

Yes, local leafy greens can be turned into a luxurious soup with just a little bit of imagination.

Green beans poriyal

Green beans poriyal

A quick vegetable stir-fry with the classic savoury spices of an Indian kitchen.

Stir-fried kangkung with budu

Stir-fried kangkung with budu

A spicy and savoury vegetable side for the dinner table, with budu as the star.

Lemon basil sambal

Lemon basil sambal

A herby sambal to accompany daily meals, especially when paired with fried meats and more ulam.

Char swee (Stir-fried cucumber in vinegar)

Char swee (Stir-fried cucumber in vinegar)

Cooking cucumbers isn’t a novel method. This excellent Nyonya recipe shows us a tangy application for weeknight meals.

Winged bean kerabu

Winged bean kerabu

Make this simple vegetable side dish without even turning on the stove.

Simple tomato soup

Simple tomato soup

Zhuzh up your everyday tomato soup with spices and raisins for a flavoursome lunch.

Linugu tanggalung kinayan limau om bawing (Roasted eggplant with lemon basil salad)

Linugu tanggalung kinayan limau om bawing (Roasted eggplant with lemon basil salad)

A smoky eggplant salad to accompany a variety of meals, from rice to steaks, or as a part of an appetiser platter.

Fried popiah

Fried popiah

Clear an afternoon to make a stack of these snacks for a party, kept as an emergency stash, or given to the neighbours.

Stir-fried cabbage with almond flakes

Stir-fried cabbage with almond flakes

Swap out the usual stir-fry aromatics for fragrant and crunchy almond flakes instead.

Sambal tempra

Sambal tempra

A base Eurasian sambal for many dishes such as prawn or ikan sambal, and sambal petai.

Terung Dayak with mackerel

Terung Dayak with mackerel

This dish is a common staple on Diana’s family dining table, as her mom would buy terung Dayak whenever they were in season.

Banana heart kerabu

Banana heart kerabu

Rather than raw, this kerabu includes cooked elements that result in something like a masak lemak.

Mom’s year-round yee sang

Mom’s year-round yee sang

When joy is scarce, we find every reason to celebrate. Make this yee sang any time of the year.

Pumpkin masala

Pumpkin masala

A subtly spiced and hearty side dish, unfussy enough for a weeknight. 

Umbut sawit in belacan

Umbut sawit in belacan

Umbut sawit is the young shoot or heart of the oil palm tree. Plentiful in Borneo from the plantations, resourceful locals have found that it makes for a terrific ingredient.

Shukto

Shukto

Leela’s late mother was the family’s ‘culinary comforter’, and taught her how to make this vegetable dish. Complex in flavour, this recipe takes no shortcuts.

Kangkung belacan

Kangkung belacan

This is quite possibly the best version of kangkung belacan we’ve tried—spicy, briny and still-crunchy.

 
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