Category Archives: Classes

Fresh Vietnamese spring rolls

There was a distinct lightness to everything I cooked at the Saigon Cooking School. Fresh herbs, paper thin rice paper, clear coconut water – it could have easily been billed as a healthy cooking class. We started with fresh spring … Continue reading

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Coconut soup and other delicious discoveries in Chiang Mai

For some reason, I’ve never ordered coconut milk soup before. It always looked heavy to me and the temptation of noodles and stir fry would lure me in first. No longer. I learned to make chicken in coconut milk soup … Continue reading

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A love affair with green curry

I came for the pad thai but I left with an abiding love of green curry. My day with “A Lot of Thai” was exactly that – six dishes later, the only thing I could possibly be expected to do … Continue reading

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Traditional Malay cooking

Nazlina is the kind of person you want to be friends with. As we sat down for an early breakfast of roti canai and chatted about potential menu items for the day, it felt like we were planning a dinner … Continue reading

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Nyonya cuisine in Penang, Malaysia

Nyonya cuisine is famous across Malaysia, but particularly in Penang. Nyonya refers to the descendants of the original Chinese traders who came to Malaysia in the sixteenth century. These early Chinese immigrants brought their traditional Hokkien recipes but often couldn’t … Continue reading

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Beef Rendang in Kuala Lumpur

Beef rendang is the most complicated and elaborate dish I have attempted to make. It is a decadent and fragrant braised beef dish with a rich and thick gravy and it is one of the iconic dishes of Malaysia. What … Continue reading

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Photos from East Bali

I was having technical issues posting some of the photos from my time in East Bali so I wanted to share a few shots of this beautiful part of the island. Posted with Blogsy

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Fishing: A failed attempt to catch my lunch

I’ve been getting up at 5:30 every morning to watch the sun rise over the water. As the gray sky brightens with orange, yellow, blue, pink, and gold small little fishing boats head out to the horizon. This morning I … Continue reading

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Beachfront paradise and amazing food

I just watched the sun rise over the crashing waves at what is easily the most beautiful waterfront resort I have ever stayed in. I’m here in the off season, so in addition to paying a criminally low price I … Continue reading

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Homemade multi-vitamin shots and religious offerings

I started my day with a shot of bright yellow Jamu. Jamu is the Balinese equivalent of a multi-vitamin and its ingredients can be adjusted depending on your ailments. The basic version is made from mashed turmeric root, kencur (an … Continue reading

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