Fern Leaves with Coconut Milk (Masak Lemak Pucuk Paku)

This is one of our favourite dishes. Best eaten with hot piping plain rice. Do try!

2 handful of fern leaves, cleaned and choose the leaves wisely
500ml coconut milk
1 cup of petai
6 fish (any type)
4 lemon grass
2 turmeric leaves, shredded
4 - 6 asam keping 
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
salt, to taste

Blended Items
2 garlic
2 big onions
1 inch fresh turmeric
1/2 inch galangal

1. Put all ingredients in a pot except the fish.

2. Stir all ingredients until boiling. Make sure the coconut milk is cooked well and thick.

3. Add in the fish last and keep cooking for about two minutes or until the fish are tender.

4. Serve with a plate of rice.

*Serves 4-6 people

How To Make Falafel (Video)


Chicken Rendang Minang Style

Today is Sunday, therefore it would be great if you can cook for the whole family. I believe that the best dish is a mom's dish. Thus, I always make sure that every weekend will be the week that we spend time as a family. Not that other days are not important, but on weekends, things are much in a slower phase and you have ample of time to be in the kitchen.

This is what I cook for today. Chicken Rendang with an Indonesian flavour. Do try!

1 whole chicken, cut into 12 pieces
500ml coconut milk + water (if needed)
4 table spoon kerisek 
10 - 15 kaffir lime leaves, sliced thinly (or you can have them whole)
2 table spoon cumin powder
2 table spoon coriander powder
salt, to taste

Blended Ingredients
3 big onions
20 bird's eye chillies
a small handful dried chillies
2 inches ginger
3 garlic
2 inches fresh turmeric
1 inch galangal
8 lemon grass


1. Put all ingredients in a wok and cook until the chicken is tender and the gravy becomes thick.

2. Make sure that you stir the mixture regularly to avoid them sticking to the wok.

3. Best served with rice, lemang or gulitinous rice.

*serves 4-6 people


Sticky Coconut Bars

My second daughter loves this very much. She has already requested that I make another tray. It is a bit sweet, so you can reduce the sugar if you do not prefer it that way. You can prepare this in less than half an hour, bake it and serve it together with a cup of tea. 

2 cups of self-raising flour
1 tea spoon salt
2 cups butter
2 cups shredded coconut
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup coarse sugar or 2 cups brown sugar (I used coarse sugar for this one)
2 tea spoon vanilla essence
3 eggs


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degree celcius. Grease the baking pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix and cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix all until well blended.

3. Fold in chocolate chips and shredded coconuts. Mix well.

4. Spread mixture evenly over pan. I used 9X9 inch pan.

5. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, depending on your oven.

6. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

*serves 10-12 people

Indonesian Style Sambal

When my girls were younger, we had an Indonesian maid in our house. I often see her making her sambal. She would fry the sambal with anchovies and would eat it with rice. As time passes by, I always reminiscent the hot sambal when ever I would want to eat sambal belacan. So, today, is one of the days. I decided to make the sambal the Indonesian way and eat it with some cucumbers. Here it goes!

A handful of bird's eye chilli (cili padi)
A handful of anchovies

*Blend or pound the ingredients together

1 inch shrimp paste (belacan)
Sugar, as desired
Salt, to taste
1 lime juice


1. In a pan, heat some oil and fry the shrimp paste.

2. Then, add the pounded or blended items. Cook and stir well.

3. Add in some sugar and let the mixture cook until it thickens.

4. Lastly, add in the salt and lime to taste. 

*serves 4-6 people


Chef Ammar Garlic Sauce and Hummus

For those who love to eat Lebanese food or any Arabian food, you must have loved these three combination of sauces, hummus and pickles. This is Chef Ammar's recipe which I got for my own keep and to share them with you as well. Enjoy!

Chef Ammar Garlic Sauce


1. Clean garlic - 60 Grams
2. Lemon Salt - 1 teaspoon leveled
3. Salt - 1 teaspoon leveled
4. 3 egg whites
5. Corn oil - 500 ml 

Mix all ingredients


Hummus (Mixed in a Food Processor)


1- 2 cans of chickpeas
2- Tahini sauce - 250 Grams
3- Lemon salt - 2 Teaspoon Leveled
4- Salt - 2 Teaspoon Leveled
5- Olive oil - 4 Tablespoon
6- Chopped fresh parsley - 100 Grams
7- Paprika powder - as preferred 

Mix all ingredients

British Scones

I have always loved scones. When I was living in the UK, I would go to one bakery and bought a few selection of scones for my tea time. Normally, I would buy the classic ones with raisins. When I got home, I would put a dollop of butter and jam, sat in front of the television and savoured the scones with some tea. 

Whenever I found scones in any bakery shelves, I would definitely buy some. Today, I decided to bake my own scones. Much to my kids' request which has been delayed, I got myself some time today to make this very easy recipe. The ones that I made was the simplest of all scones. Just plain flour, no raisins even though I would love to have some raisins ( I was actually out of raisins). Here is the recipe.

2 cups of self-raising flour
1 table spoon butter
1/2 tea spoon salt
1 cup milk (150ml)
2 table spoon sugar
1 egg (polishing)
Raisins (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degree celcius.

2. In a mixing bowl, mix flour, butter, salt and sugar. Mix until the mixture turns into bread crumbs.

3. After that, add milk and raisins (optional). Knead well to form a sticky dough.

4. Take out the dough, put it in a flat surface. By using your hands and palms, form a 2cm thick dough. Do not tamper with the dough too much.

5. Press the dough with any round shaped glass and put it in a baking tray which has been greased lightly.

6. Lastly, polish the scones with some eggs and bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes (depending on your oven).

*serves 3-6 people


Mashed Potatoes with Minced Meat

This is one of my favourite dishes. It is inspired by the Germans' way of making their mashed potatoes. I found out that this kind of mashed potatoes is suitable taken by itself or with grilled meat, fish or chicken. I personally like to eat it with grilled or poached fish fillet. 

Finger licking good! 

Have a try!

5 medium sized potatoes, boil and mashed
1-2 cup/s milk
8 table spoon butter
 * Mix all ingredients well*

4 garlic, finely minced
2 big onions, finely chopped 
500gm minced meat
1 can button mushrooms or shitake mushrooms, chopped
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables  
spring onions, coriander leaves, chopped
oil, for frying


1. In a heated pan, pour in some oil. Add in garlic and onions. Fry until golden brown.

2. Add in minced meat and cook until the meat is tender. 

3. Add the mushrooms and cook for another ten minutes. Stir gently all ingredients.

4. When the mushroom is cooked, put in the frozen vegetables and stir well.

5. Sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste.

6. Lastly, put in the chopped spring onions and coriander leaves. Mix all ingredients.

7. Turn off the heat.

8. In a bowl, mix the cooked meat and vegetables (B) with (A).

9. Mixed all ingredients well before serving.

*serves 2-4 people

Mango Pickles with Lime and Dried Plums

This is a very happening tit-bits in Malaysia right now. Mango Pickles with Lime and Dried Plums. You can easily do this at home in a matter of less than half an hour. Make sure that you pick quarter ripe mangoes so as to retain it's crunchiness. You can get the ingredients very easily at any local Asian market. The taste is superb. You can taste the sweet and sour with a bit of zing from the fresh chillies. Do try!
3 mangoes, sliced
10 dried plums @ asam boi
3 fresh chillies @ bird's eyes chillies, sliced
1 lime, sliced
3 calamansi, sliced
a pinch of salt
3 table spoon sugar, or as preferred


1. Mix the sliced mangoes with all ingredients.

2. Arrange them nicely in a bottle or any suitable jar.

3. Put in the refrigerator for about three hours before consuming.

Easy! :)


Apple Pie with Puff Pastry

To cut time, I used puff pastry for my apple pie this time. I got the pastry at a local hypermarket with a value for money. It is light and fluffy. Very crispy once you bake it and the pastry did not fall off but deliciously melt inside your mouth. Do try.

10 sheets of puff pastry
4 green apples, skinned and cubed to about 1/2 cm
8-10 table spoon brown sugar (you can add coarse sugar as well. Adjust the sweetness according to your own liking)
2 table spoon flour
2 table spoon cinnamon powder
Eggs - beaten (for brushing the pastry)

1. Mix the apples with sugar, flour and cinnamon powder.

2. Take one sheet of puff pastry. Scoop enough apple mixture on the first half top of the pastry.

3. Fold the other half of the pastry and glue the edges with some water.

4. Put the pastry in a baking tray. Make some slits across the pastry before brushing the top with beaten eggs. This is to ensure that the pastry will be shiny once baked.

5. In a preheated oven of 180 degree celcius, bake the pie for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

*serves 2-4 people