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Pomegranate Molasses & Sambal Pulled Pork

I’m pleased as punch to be writing a blog post featuring someone else’s recipe! Read that title again – I could never come up with something SO brilliant! Back in May, when I first started making large batches of sambal at home and selling jars of it to my friends and family, a friend of […]

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Apricot-Sambal Glazed Salmon with Crispy Skin

Here’s a relatively simple salmon dish that will bring out your inner kitchen goddess/god. Five ingredients, twenty-five minutes, loads of flavor! What’s more decadent than a piece of just-cooked-through fish in contrast with the perfectly robust crunch of crisp skin? Add the lovely spicy-sweetness of the apricot-Sambal glaze and boom! You’re a deity! Well, at […]

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Snake Beans and Tofu with Sambal

I went to Chinatown this morning to shop for ingredients for this week’s Hester Nights event. Walking up Mott Street to Grand St, these gorgeous bright beans caught my eye. In this country, I’ve heard them called all kinds of things, everything from snake beans to yard-long beans etc. In Malaysia, we just call them […]

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Hot Chilli Sambal: My Kitchen to Market Saga

This morning I sold my first ever two cases of Hot Chilli Sambal to a specialty food store in NYC called Garden of Eden. For those of you who don’t live in NY, Garden of Eden is only the most awesome gourmet food store in the city. Their website describes the store as “a culinary […]

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MOFA: Museum of Food Arts – NYC’s unique tribute to peculiar food.

As a genuine born and bred Malaysian, I’ve always believed that when it comes to weird food, we’ve got the market cornered. A walk around my hometown’s wet market would prove that in a matter of minutes – pig knuckles, ears and snouts, yardlong beans, stinky shrimp pastes, dried fish large and small, durians, rambutans […]

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Mamak Mee (aka Mee Goreng)

When I was a kid back home, there was a stall under a huge tree down the road from our house run by a Mamak gentleman. The word “Mamak” as it is used in Malaysia refers to the Indian-Muslim community. Thanks to the Indian-Muslims, we have such famous Malaysian dishes as roti canai, roti telur, […]

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Auria’s Malaysian Kitchen: Over 2,000 Served!

It all began a little over three weeks ago when a friend of mine sent me this link on Facebook and asked “u gonna be there??” It was for an event called the Malaysian Winter Market at Bryant Park on Feb 20th and 21st. I took a quick look at the dates and decided it […]

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Flowering Chives with Eggs

Chinese Flowering Chives – oh how I love them. Beautiful to behold and simply delightful to cook and serve, the strong flavor makes for a mouthwatering addition to stir-fries, soups and seafood dishes. Tender, oval buds sit atop stiff, square-ish green stems that are about 8 – 10 inches long. The buds  have a strong […]

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This Vending Life

A chef mentor friend suggested that I need to get myself “out there”. “Auria,  you need some exposure. People need to taste your food and know who you are”. Wait a minute, isn’t that why I’ve been doing these cooking classes and writing this blog? Ok,  I know that all of two people read my […]