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Book of the Month: The Spice Merchant’s Daughter

Welcome to the inaugural review for the Chile Underground’s new feature, the Book of the Month! We know you’ll find it to be ‘da BOM.’

The (first) featured book is a cookbook, “The Spice Merchant’s Daughter” by Christina Arokiasamy. Ms. Arokiasamy is originally from Malaysia, and from a family of spice merchants. Her great-great-granddaddy was a […]

The Nonyas of Malaysia

The Nonyas of Malaysia are an interesting story. Originally, the Chinese dominated trade in the Strait of Malacca and on down the southwest coast of present-day Malaysa. Of course, these traders and explorers brought their culture and cooking with them. Because only men were permitted to leave China for trade, they set up businesses and […]

More Malaysian: Fish Curry and Mee Goreng

Malaysia has an advantageous geographic position, as far as food influences go. For the last many centuries, travelers going north and south have used the peninsula to travel from China and Indochina to Indonesia and beyond. Those traders and travelers going east-west have had to deal with this long reach of land in their road. […]

More Malaysian & Indonesian Dishes

As I’ve noted before, I have a love of Malaysian food. Maybe even an obsession. So this month I’ll make several posts about Malaysia and its wonderful food, from a Westerner point of view (of course).

I’ve managed to reformulate and write up some of my favorite Malaysian and Indonesian dishes. I have found some similar […]

A Thai Dinner Party at Home, Part I

I found a stash of recipes I’ve worked on before and then somehow forgotten. Someday I gotta get organized! In the meantime, I’d like to share this collection of Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian dishes. I’ll be adding them to Dad’s Chile Cookbook, and of course I’ll upload the majority of them to the Recipes du […]