Mighty Spicy Buffalo Wings: A Malaysian Take on an American Classic

I love Buffalo wings.  Oh, how I LOVE them! Thanks to The Husband, over these ten blissful years of married eating, I’ve developed a fine appreciation for them. All this talk of the Super Bowl in recent weeks has had me dreaming about some good, spicy, tangy Buffalo wings. Don’t get me wrong, I know nothing […]

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Lime Leaf Sambal Salmon

OMG OMG OMG OMG – it’s been 6 months since I last posted a recipe on this blog. What is WRONG with me? I know – I’m NOT a blogger. How does one become a “blogger”? By posting on their blog every week. That’s not me.  I guess I’ll never be a blogger. Oh well. […]


Grilled Lime Leaf Shrimp & Veggie Kebabs

Summer is here! Well – sort of. It’s June and we were discussing turning the heat back on a few days ago.  Also, I’m not sure I was quite ready to part with my puffy jacket and Uggs when our Household Organizer (The Husband) put them away – deep in the hall closet only to […]


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 […]


Sambal Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

According to some well-respected Food & Restaurant experts, bacon will become 2015’s forgotten food item. Supposedly the bacon pendulum is swinging from “Hot” to “Not”, as far as food trends go! Seriously? Who are “they” and more importantly, how do “they” know? I don’t have the answers to these questions, but I figured I’d better […]


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 […]


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 […]


Kasia Tolbert’s Super Simple Lamb Pops

Lamb. Meh. There’s nothing that calls out to me less than lamb. I don’t know why that is. I am completely unmoved by laaaaaamb. Every time someone serves lamb at their dinner party or whatever event back home in Malaysia, my sweet Mum can’t stop talking about it. “Oh, we went to Uncle So-and-so’s place […]


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 […]