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Cucumber slices with my home-made sambal belachan.

"There is no sincerer love than the love of food." George Bernard Shaw.

Perhaps ... I love my travel just as much and I've taken to documenting the food I enjoy during my travels.  And because I rarely cook, I also document my creations as they are indeed rare occasions.

Grocery shopping in my local suburb

posted 28 Jun 2017, 18:57 by Alex Chan
I'm very lucky to live near Northcote where there is an Indonesian-owned supermarket and a mainland Chinese one.  I get access to some fine stuff which people in Malaysia would have trouble finding.  [View photos]

Making Gluten for Vegetarian "Meat"

posted 20 Jun 2017, 23:23 by Alex Chan   [ updated 20 Jun 2017, 23:35 ]
Gluten is somewhat vilified in the Western world but it is a common protein source for vegetarians in parts of Asia (mi kin in Hokkien Chinese, seitan in Japanese).  I have a go making it after a hiatus of about 30 years.  [View photos]

Home Cooking 2017

posted 4 Mar 2017, 01:11 by Alex Chan   [ updated 4 Mar 2017, 01:26 ]
Trying out new ideas and new ingredients.  Trying as much as possible not to capture the tried-and-trusted ideas already captured in previous years.  [View photos]

Simple home-cooked meals 2016

posted 4 Mar 2017, 01:09 by Alex Chan   [ updated 4 Mar 2017, 01:25 ]
With travel, work and keeping fit, this year's album started small but it appears to have grown rapidly towards the end of the year.  But It's still better than 2015 when I didn't capture any home-made goodies. No doubt, there will be some repeats from the 2014 album; after all these are largely simple meals or tried-and-trusted favourites.  [View photos].

Bakso & Beef Noodle Soup

posted 4 Mar 2017, 01:08 by Alex Chan   [ updated 4 Mar 2017, 01:24 ]
Bakso is an Indonesian-style meatball served in a soup, sometimes with noodles. I try making it and use it in a Malaysian-Thai-Chinese beef noodle soup.  [View photos]

Filipino Food Reinterpreted

posted 4 Mar 2017, 01:06 by Alex Chan   [ updated 4 Mar 2017, 01:23 ]
Malaysians don't rave about Filipino food. It isn't spicy enough for us. As a challenge (and a private joke between me and a friend) I give the cuisine my own interpretation and subject some friends to it.  [View photos]

Simple home-cooked meals 2014

posted 15 May 2014, 19:00 by Alex Chan   [ updated 12 Mar 2016, 14:21 ]
A break from career and travelling life sees me making home-cooked food or a change rather than eating out most days. Emphasis on vegetables, including hidden vegetables (which makes a change from hidden fats eg. in cakes and biscuits).  [View photos]

Red bean crumble

posted 15 May 2014, 17:50 by Alex Chan
Following on from my red bean cheesecake, I had always wanted to create a red bean crumble. It took me ages before I had a suitable audience (or victims) to make this for. Red bean desserts tend to polarise people; Asians vs Europeans.  [View photos]

Sundanese meal

posted 15 May 2014, 04:12 by Alex Chan
I decided to cook to celebrate two birthdays. Sundanese it is, not Sudanese. That's West Javan, from the Bandung area, and it makes a subtle change from the more famous Minangkabau cuisine from the Padang area of Indonesia.  [View photos]

Pondan Brand Bika Ambon

posted 15 May 2014, 04:09 by Alex Chan
Bika Ambon is a honeycomb cake named after the island of Ambon in the Maluku area of the archipelago of Indonesia. It is a misnomer as it is supposed to originate from (or is the specialty of) Medan some 3000km away.  [View photos]

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