Tag Archives: Malaysian

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So-Easy Steamed Fish

Last November I shot two little segments for a TV show called Frankie Cooks. What a fun day that was! I met Frank Celenza on FB after an episode of his show aired that featured his mom making pancakes. They were so sweet and funny together in the kitchen, it reminded me of all the […]

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Chilli Chicken

Oh my – it’s been aaaaaages since my last post. I think I forgot that I had a blog! How is that possible, you ask? Well, the sambal business is a full-time job – there are sales call to make, cases to deliver, marketing ideas to implement, network connections to develop, plans for new products […]

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Singhalese-style Greens

A few days ago, I posted a picture of some greens I was cooking on FB. As promised, here’s a little blog post with the recipe. I titled the post “Singhalese-style Greens” and I’d like to explain that, if I may. My mum’s family is Singhalese from Sri Lanka. My grandparents immigrated to Malaysia in […]

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A Malaysian Chef on CHOPPED (Part 1)

In April of 2013, a casting director sent me a message on my FB page asking me if I would like to be on CHOPPED. My immediate reaction was a very emphatic NO! I mean, wouldn’t yours be too? Someone has to be absolutely nuts and a complete masochist to subject themselves to that particular […]

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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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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 […]