Author: dishbyili

Foodie Feature: Elaine Ho (Chopstick Diner)
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Foodie Feature: Elaine Ho (Chopstick Diner)

Elaine Ho, founder, fellow foodprenuer and super mum is the women behind Chopstick Diner. Packing delicious and healthy lunch boxes with chopsticks (hey!) Elaine is without a doubt the most passionate person I know who really wants to make a healthy lifestyle prominent and accessible in someone’s life. We met at BFM when they had us...

Fancy Seafood Pasta Marinara
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Fancy Seafood Pasta Marinara

We are so lucky to have a bountiful of seafood available to us in Malaysia. So why not make it into a delicious pasta dish? Try this out at home and let us know how it goes! *TIP: This recipe feeds up to 6 people, perfect quick fix for gatherings with your friends or family

Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls
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Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls

I find this to be the best dinner party starter like ever! What you do is you get your guests to help you make their own starter. Sneaky, yes, but you'll come to find that it will be a fun activity for them. Learn how to whip up and make your own home styled version of vegetable spring roll!

*TIP: Vietnamese rice paper comes in a wafer form and has to be softened with a quick dip in a bowl of water. Don't over dip with water or you may over-damped the rice paper and it will break or tear easily

Ayam Goreng Rempah (Malaysian Spice Fried Chicken)
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Ayam Goreng Rempah (Malaysian Spice Fried Chicken)

The trick to make your fried chicken crispy is to ensure you clean and pat dry your chicken before you start the marinating process. This along with the combination of starch (in this case I am using corn flour), the dry spices (or dry rub which I am using some Indian curry powder and turmeric) and the wet marinate (ground onion, garlic and lemongrass). You are almost guaranteed a crispy, aromatic and beautifully golden brown crust/skin. The trick to make your chicken juicy on the inside is to make sure your oil is hot (at least 185c) and to place your chicken at a high heat for the first 3 - 5 minutes. Then, bring it down to about 165c (for the remaining of 5 - 6 minutes) so it cooks the inside without burning the chicken.

Avocado and avoca-don’ts
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Avocado and avoca-don’ts

A post I can finally dedicate to one of my favourite fruits… AVOCADOS! Yes, they’re fruits guys! Berries particularly. These round or pear shaped fruits have been making their waves to the supermarkets lately and I’m always excited about purchasing them when they’re on sale. Here’s the lowdown on these exotic and interesting fruits. Avocado...

Top 5 Must Have in Your Fridge
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Top 5 Must Have in Your Fridge

Never go hungry again if you have these in your fridge! Here’s a list of items you must have for safe keeping: 1. Eggs (at least 12 at one time) Fridge Life: 6 months A great source of protein this baby can provide you the perfect pick me up for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here...

Reflection: The Importance of Sharing
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Reflection: The Importance of Sharing

I turned 31 in August  and I enjoy reflecting on my past in order to appreciate the future. So here it goes. A lot of people often ask me why I got into food and why did I apply for Food Hero Asia. My answer has always been the same, I do what I do...

Ili’s Deepavali Moments
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Ili’s Deepavali Moments

In the past few years I have had the privilege of witnessing first hand what happens in an Indian home during Deepavali. Also known as the festival of lights, this special day in the Hindu calendar brings family and food together. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Weeks of prep is on the way with the decoration...

Selamat Hari Raya!
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Selamat Hari Raya!

A blessed Raya indeed as the first day this year was spent picking up my father at the airport after he successfully completed his Umrah in Mekkah. That in itself was a blissful experience like no other. The Night Before Usually mum and I will spend the whole last day of Ramadan, running around like...