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This Christmas, join Hinode Bento in feeding underprivileged kids and be a Secret Santa too

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 30 -- It's that time of year again. Secret Santa time (especially when more and more of us are returning to office) where we buy gifts for unsuspecting recipients. There is a delic... Read More


At Ipoh's old-time Loke Wooi Kee, slurp-worthy 'hor hee' and silky smooth creme caramel are a blast from the past

IPOH, Nov. 16 -- Round tables with shiny surfaces smoothed by decades of use. A cacophony of red plastic chairs being pulled hither and thither as customers arrive and depart. Upright, angular stalls... Read More


A South Indian feast - 'spiced the Malaysian way' - awaits at PJ's Kadei by Manchula, even on Deepavali!

PETALING JAYA, Nov. 4 -- Stacks of delicate appam. Stir fried snake gourd with dal, mustard seeds and dried chillies. And best of all, nasi lemak, with a choice of sambal prawns, sotong or irresistibl... Read More


Of 'thosai' and biryani and how our hearts would light up

COMMENTARY, Nov. 2 -- A freshly made thosai (or dosa, as it's also called) is a beautiful thing. I learned this from my friend M. who has also taught me the difference between a benne dosa and a podi... Read More


From side dish to the star of the show: Make this simple yet sublime 'goma-ae' or Japanese sesame salad

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 24 -- Mealtimes can be competitive, with every dish calling out for our approval. There are times we put far too much attention on the main course, the star of the show so to speak... Read More


Little golden treats await at Orito in Sri Hartamas, from yuzu-lemon-lime choux to chocolate and hazelnut babkas

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 19 -- These little golden treats are a delight to look at as they are, one imagines, to taste and devour. Orito, a popular patisserie in Sri Hartamas, is famous for their choux past... Read More


Rich, creamy and full of umami - this 'tagliatelle hotate' will have you craving seconds

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 16 -- The details matter. Small changes can create big results. Take cooking, for instance; tiny tweaks can make or break a recipe. We often fall back on tried and tested standards... Read More


Snow white and raspberry red: A dessert fit for a fairy tale princess

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 10 -- Fairy tales have a way of beguiling us, pulling us deeper and deeper into their narratives and (sometimes) terrible tropes. Yet fairy tales also keep us captivated, romancing ... Read More


Egg-citing Thailand: From Michelin-starred crab omelettes to golden thread nets

BANGKOK, Sept. 30 -- When one is still at home most of the time, as I am, finding new ways to cook can be a matter of rejoicing or despair. There is only that much food delivery and takeaway anyone ca... Read More


For 'dai chow' fare with an artisanal touch, PJ's Fifty Tales will have you revelling in nostalgic flavours

PETALING JAYA, Sept. 28 -- Smoky, caramelised char siu with a sticky in-house glaze; mee ulam tossed in budu and lacto-fermented chilli; and juicy wontons - each dumpling stuffed with prawns and pork ... Read More