Gado Gado (Indonesian Salad with Peanut Sauce)

March 26, 2014 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 9 Comments

Gado Gado (Indonesian Salad with Peanut Sauce)

Gado gado is one of the well known dishes from Indonesia. Although it looks like a salad dish, gado gado is also eaten as a one dish meal in Indonesia. Loaded with a variety of vegetable, the carbohydrate in the dish comes from lontong (compressed rice cake) and potatoes. Tofu, egg and tempeh are the protein sources. Continue Reading →

Musabaha (Whole Chickpea Hummus)

December 22, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 7 Comments

Musabaha (Whole Chickpea Hummus)

I can’t believe I have yet to post a hummus recipe after making this delicious appetizer/dip for the umpteenth time. Hummus, long a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, made from chickpeas and tahini (sesame paste) is low in fat and high in protein. This might be the reason why the hummus craze has spread the world by fire on the tables of the health conscious communities. My eyes nearly popped out when MSN reported that store-bought hummus sales in US was USD530 million in 2012 and farmers are switching to planting this lowly chickpea to meet with the growing demand. Continue Reading →

Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad)

November 15, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 5 Comments

Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad)

Grandpa loves to give away his papayas (pardon the pun) everything I visit. and I’ve made many visit since last year, hence papaya overload. He has 3 papaya trees in his backyard which he is extremely proud of. I do not understand why he loves planting just papaya and sugar apple trees in his huge backyard, I love other fruits too like mango, rambutan and passion fruits. Maybe I’ll sneak in a mango tree next time I’m back.

Last weekend, I took back an unripe (green) papaya to make Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad). Continue Reading →

Roti Jala & Kuah Kacang Ayam (Fishnet Crepe with Satay Sauce Chicken)

August 6, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 14 Comments

Roti Jala Kuah Kacang Ayam

I was selected as the top 20 finalists in the Asian Food Channel (AFC) Foodie Face Off about a month ago. We have to create 2 dishes with a ‘Raya Celebration’ theme. When I receive the news, I was travelling & only had very limited time to practice before the competition day. Even though it was stressful, I knew I would learn so much from this challenge. I could only imagine the recipes in my head, practiced and prayed for the best. The competition was indeed an eye opener, not only it’s a test of skills, creativity definitely plays a major point clincher. With dishes served in champagne glasses and test tubes, I definitely have to up my game in the next competition. Continue Reading →

MFF KL Selangor: Satay Kajang

July 2, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 23 Comments

Satay Kajang

Just the mere mention of the word satay is enough to get anyone drooling. The grilled marinated skewered meat is the epitome of Malaysian Street Food. We can argue about how fantastic our favourite ‘warung sate‘ (satay stall vendor) might be, however the appeal of Satay Kajang has never waned. Who is to argue when Kajang is informally known as the “Satay Town”. Continue Reading →

Penang Acar | Penang Achar (Penang Spicy Pickled Vegetables)

June 13, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 20 Comments

Penang Acar | Penang Achar (Penang Spicy Pickled Vegetables)

Penang Acar (also spelled as Achar) is a very special pickled vegetable dish. I think every Penangite loves it because of the appetizing, sour and spicy great taste. Who wouldn’t? There’s this lady at the pasar (wet morning market) near my Penang childhood home that sells mouth watering acar. Besides buying from the pasar, many economy rice vendors also include acar into their dishes. Maybe that’s the reason why my Mama never made acar before. Continue Reading →

Eucheuma Seaweed Kerabu (Eucheuma Seaweed Salad)

May 29, 2013 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 6 Comments

Eucheuma Coral Seaweed Kerabu

Everytime I were to step into Tuck Heng Ginseng Hall, I have to spare 2-3 hours. Time just flies when I’m tasting and learning new produce with the herbalist Ah Wai.  There’s more than herbs in that shop. Each visit always end up with new discoveries, I feel like a kid unwrapping presents, except I have to pay for them..

One of the things Ah Wai was very adamant on me to try is the Sea bird nest or San Hu Cao (珊瑚草) in chinese. Eucheuma Seaweed is nicknamed sea bird nest because it supposedly have the same collagen benefits of birds nest, with a whole list of health benefits. Always willing to try anything for beautiful skin and it’s a cheap alternative, boiling the seaweed as suggested by Ah Wai ended up with a pot of gooey slimy goo.. which wasn’t appetising at all. Continue Reading →