Sri Lankan Devilled Prawns

Sri Lanka is an island and naturally full of excellent seafood. By far one of the most favourite appetizers is the spicy devilled tiger prawns which are stir-fried on high heat with onions, banana peppers and chilli flakes. This HOT dish has sweet and sour notes to it which makes it heavenly on a warm…

Thai Khao Soi

Although a melting pot, Bangkok is not all Thailand when it comes to food. This dish is from Chiang Mai which is a northern province of Thailand where the use of coconut in dishes is limited. However, this noodle dish with thick coconut chicken soup is a spicy and rich dish which is enjoyed with…

Steamed Rainbow Trout in Thai Chilli Sauce

Steamed fish with salty and spicy sauce was a favorite when we were in Penang, Malaysia. Typically, it was a decent sized grouper served whole chinese style. In this case, I’m using rainbow trout, which is widely available in Canada and has white delicate flesh similar to a grouper, to make this dish influenced by…

Sri Lankan Egg Curry or Biththara Kirihodi

Eggs are perhaps the most versatile protein available which is a favorite among much of humanity. Apart from the fried, boiled, poached and scrambled eggs, some cultures like cooking them. The Sinhalese in Sri Lanka like cooking eggs in coconut milk which they call “biththara kirihodi”. This is a great dish with rice, string hoppers,…

Sri Lankan Spicy Mutton Curry

Mutton is enjoyed by many Sri Lankans as a spicy curry eaten with rice. Typically cooked with a lot of spices, special care needs to be taken to ensure that the meat is tender. This recipe uses premium cuts of mutton with less fat for a more healthier and tastier experience.

Thai Coconut Seafood Curry

By now you should know that we are big fans of Thai food. We are even bigger fans of seafood. This dish is a new take on the tom yum goong dish but combines the sweet taste of fresh mussels, coconut cream and red Thai curry to create a sweet and sour curry which pairs…

Mee Goreng Ayam

If you’ve been to Malaysia, Indonesia or Singapore, you would have tasted mee goreng ayam which is a sweet, salty and spicy sitr-fried noodle dish. Mee goreng ayam literally translates to fried chicken noodles. It is best enjoyed as a snack in these countries with iced tea or a cold beer but can double as…

Burmese Chicken

This Burmese chicken dish is a twist on the traditional chicken curry recipes usually found in Asia. Packed with sweetness from the lemongrass, it will pair well with white rice and a tangy salad.

Thai Jungle Curry (Gaeng Bpa Curry)

My husband loves Thai food. He loves my Tom Yum Goong the most. So I thought I’d make something new from Thailand to add some variety. This dish is a traditional Thai recepie which combines a lot of the village Thai flavors. I don’t really know why it’s called a jungle curry but the vegetables…

Thai Jungle Curry Paste (Gaeng Bpa Curry Paste)

Jungle Curry Paste or “Gaeng Bpa Curry Paste” packs some great Thai flavors which are more intense than the popular Red Thai Curry Paste. The paste can be used to make delicious Thai sauces for meat or seafood.

Canned Mackerel Fry

Coming from Sri Lanka, which is still a developing country, canned mackerel and canned tuna are a regular dish at lunch and dinner. For one, canned fish are cheaper compared to fresh fish, and secondly it is easier and faster to prepare for busy families. Usually eaten with rice or bread, canned mackerel was one…

Chow Mein

Chow mein is a sure item on many chinese takeout menus. It’s a sweet and sour stir-fried noodle dish which is typically made with chicken, pork and seafood. The taste varies from North America to Asian countries such as Singapore and Malaysia where the dish is popular. In this recipe, I combine tastes from North…

Cuttlefish Curry

If seafood is your thing then cuttlefish, also known as squid, calamari or “dallo”, should be a favorite. Growing up in Sri Lanka, my husband and I have fallen in love with the taste of cuttlefish cooked, fried and salad. The guys love it paired with an evening of local coconut arrak or beer. Although…

Dungeness Kerala Crab Curry

In a previous recepie I introduced dungeness chilli crab cooked Singapore style. In this recipe, I’m cooking dungeness crab in a spicy curry sauce inspired by the style of Kerala in India. Rather than making the sauce too spicy, I’ve tried to add a bit of sweetness to bring out the natural flavors of the…

Curry Pork

Pork is widely consumed and loved in Sri Lanka. This is especially true among the Sinhalese. There are many traditional pork curry recepies indigenous to particular areas. Our favorite is the black pork curry with coconut. However, it is difficult to source all the ingredients needed abroad. This recipe is a versatile spicy pork curry…

Sri Lankan Roasted Curry Powder

Roasted curry powder is a key ingredient in many Sri Lankan curry dishes, especially meat dishes. This can be store bought in Sri Lanka but is hard to find abroad. Also the homemade version tastes better as you can modify the ingredients according to personal taste.

Chicken Biryani

Biryani is synonyms with Indian cuisine allover the world. Odds are, if you have eaten at a proper Indian restaurant, you would have seen Biryani on the menu. I have had it in Asia, Europe, Middle East and America. My husband has had it in the Caribbean, Africa, South America and the Pacific which pretty…

Oven Baked Meatballs

Who doesn’t love meatballs… in spaghetti, in submarine sandwiches, in pizza, in kebabs or just on their own accompanying a beer. Somehow those store bought meatballs don’t really taste authentic. Also, you never know what goes into them. That’s why I prefer to make meatballs at home using lean turkey meat. They are healthy and…

Sri Lankan Sweet and Spicy Onion Sambal

Sweet and spicy onion sambal or “seeni sambal” is a popular side dish in Sri Lanka typically served alongside milk rice (kiribath), bread, hoppers, string hoppers, roti and many others. It is also used as a filling for a number of savory pastries and buns on its own or paired with boiled eggs. Seeni sambal…

Tom Yum Goong

This sweet, sour and spicy soup, served with white rice, is one of the most popular and the most tasty dishes to come out of Thailand. It is by far my husband’s favorite dish ever. The fresh seafood, mushrooms, lemongrass and lime leaves cooked to a smooth consistency in coconut cream is the ultimate expression…

Jeera Rice

Jeera or cumin rice combines many flavors of India. It is a fragrant, delicate and tasty dish which can be served alone with some tomatoes and cucumber or paired with a meat dish such as mutton curry or tandoori chicken.

Sri Lankan Chicken Curry Powder

Chicken curry is a regular item in many Sri Lankan meals. To get the rich curry flavour, several curry powders are used. Among these, chicken curry powder is a key ingredient for that authentic Sri Lankan taste.

Chicken Curry

Chicken curry is a staple in most Sri Lankan households served with rice and vegetables. It is also quite versatile and goes well with bread, naan, chapati, roti and parota.

Green Beans with Coconut Milk

Green beans are a very tasty vegetable which goes well with rice. Cooking it with coconut cream gives it a sweet taste which complements the spicier meat. Green beans are a common side dish in traditional Sri Lankan lunch.

Sri Lankan Milk Rice

Milk Rice or “Kiribath” (kiri – milk, bath – rice) is THE traditional food of Sri Lanka. Typically cooked for celebrations such as birthdays or the Sinhala/Hindu New Year, many households cook it for traditional breakfast on weekends. This heavy meal is usually cooked using coconut milk, similar to the Malaysian Nasi Lemak, but can…

Sri Lankan Traditional Chilli Paste

The traditional chilli paste of Sri Lanka is called “lunumiris” which literally means salt and chilli even though there are many other ingredients in the recepie. Lunumiris usually complements traditional Sri Lankan dishes such as milk rice (kiribath), hoppers (appa) or pittu.

Dungeness Chilli Crab

Singapore is famed for having the best chilli crab in the world. Mostly the monster Ceylon crabs are imported overnight from Sri Lanka for this dish. In this case we are using dungeness crab which have a lot of meat and flavor. Any crab would work. Basmati rice is optional and probably will be leftover…

Nasi Goreng Ayam

Nasi Goreng Ayam is a popular dish in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. It literally means rice (nasi), fried (goreng) with chicken (ayam). i.e. Chicken Fried Rice. Usually served with a fried egg, chili paste (see recipe here), slices of cucumber and some tomatoes. Nasi Goreng Ayam is a must if you crave spicy food from…

Chinese Chilli Paste

Chinese Chilli Paste is a must in most South Asian dishes which have a Chinese heritage. This spicy mix is so delicious that many countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India offer it as an integral part of most Chinese inspired fast food dishes.