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August is Asian Noodles Month!

August is officially Asian Noodles Month. Well, okay; it’s not official most everywhere else, but those who visit the Chile Underground know that we don’t let little things like that get in our way around here. Our Undergorund Department of Noodles (UDON) has done all the investigating it intends to, having pored over nearly […]

Malay Fish Curry and Achar

Most of us think of fish dishes as mild, with flavors that kiss the palate and linger like a first kiss: lemon, dill, parsley, cream and so on.

There’s another way to flavor fish: Hot curry. This one arrives on the tongue like a torrid but doomed love affair, full of heat and zest, leaving you […]

More Malaysia: Nonya Chicken Curry and Three Pepper Pork

As I’ve mentioned previously, Penang (Pulau Pinang) is one of my favorite places in Malaysia. It’s a bustling little island, with lots of high-tech income and scenic charm. In the next few years there will be modernized trains and a much-enlarged airport. The world-class hotels and resorts (mostly on the north shore) attract lots of […]

Malaysian Food: On the Go…

Modern Malaysia is a country on-the-go. A nation of islands and peninsulas, Malays eat a lot of seafood. They are also officially Muslim, and that reflects in the types of food available. (It als means you have natural alarm clocks pretty much everywhere, when the muezzins call the faithful to first prayers.)

Folks on the go […]

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 […]