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Knock-knock: Okinawan Home Cuisine

Dining at Megumi Matsuda’s Knock Knock Café is like having dinner at mum’s – at least if your mum were Japanese. She serves up just one dish a night, and diners are expected to help by fetching their own cutlery and water. And, like mum, she sometimes has a little treat for you after dinner – it might be home-baked cake or artisanal ice-cream. A hearty Okinawan taco rice can be on the table one night, lasagne the next and nasi …

8 Must-Have Raya Treats

The festival of Hari Raya Aidilfitri – known elsewhere as Eid al-Fitr – marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims, and will be celebrated in early June. Hari Raya is associated with a wide range of delicious curries, sweets and snacks – here are eight of our favourites to savour this year. 1. Ketupat This Hari Raya dish is an iconic symbol of Eid – to the point that it doubles as a festive decoration that …

Recipe Secrets: Keralan Banana Dessert

When you have a glut of something, what do you? Some cooks say that the best and most creative recipes come from times of abundance – bananas being a case in point. Home cook Mary Samuel grew up on a tea plantation near Dengkil, about 40 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur. Her mother always cultivated many banana trees and it was up to the rest of the household to find creative ways to use them during harvest season. The family was …

Natural Healing with Nasi Ulam

When Mandy Leong’s colourful platter of nasi ulam is placed in front of you, it’s hard not feel a little brighter. The popular Malay dish features steamed rice mixed with herbs and surrounded by an array of side dishes. But Leong’s platter, appropriately called “Rainbow Healing Nasi Ulam”, takes nasi ulam to another level, featuring more than 10 herbs and aromatic flowers that create a kaleidoscope of colours. On top of that, customers are served a range of delicious side dishes. Leong is …

Kebun-Kebun Bangsar: Transforming Urban Spaces

Architect Ng Sek San had been thinking about opportunities to repurpose urban wasteland for a while before he set eyes on the overgrown space in affluent Bangsar five years ago. The land near Lorong Bukit Pantai housed electrical pylons and high voltage wires that are part of the system that supplies power to Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia’s main power company, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) or National Power Berhad, owned the land, but it was overgrown and TNB had to pay gardeners …

Cucur Badak

Cucur Badak is a popular snack that is usually sold at roadside stalls or night markets (pasar malam). The patties are made with orange sweet potatoes and flour, with spicy shredded coconut and dried shrimp fillings.