A dish borne out of a short affair between Vietnam and France, Banh Xeo is the perfect mix of the two countries. Picture this – A bright savory crepe stuffed full of sweet juicy prawns, crunchy beansprouts and lettuce, topped with mint and coriander for that refreshing touch. Be prepared for a bit of mess because those fillings might fall out on your table!
This dish will be a big hit because let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy crispy fried prawns in sweet and spicy sauce? This recipe is an amalgamation of ingredients frequently found in Thai cuisine with mayonnaise (yes mayonnaise!), which lends the dish its unique spicy creaminess. Perfect served hot and with a piping hot bowl of rice!
If you are a fish lover, the Ikan Goreng Kicap is the dish for you! A whole fish, fresh and marinated with turmeric powder and cornstarch, is deep fried to a crispy golden wonder and slathered with a dark sauce filled with umami. Best eaten immediately and topped with finely julienned spring onions and large red chili!
That’s right, oysters and eggs - two ingredients that are vastly different, but taste amazing together. The Oyster Omelette is one of the staple fares in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand, with ingredients that can be found in any major grocery stores worldwide. This gooey goodness is fried together with a batter made of sweet potato flour and rice flour, and sprinkled with parsley.
Looking for a dish that would wow your guests (but secretly takes no time nor the skill of a professional chef)? We present to you the Pan Seared Scallops with Sesame Sauce and Glass Noodles, a dish so tasty that your guests will keep coming back for more. All you need are the glass noodles, scallops, basic sauces and seasoning, fresh garnishing and 10 minutes to cook!
Much of Filipino cuisine involves seafood and why not? With rich fish resources – fish, squid, crabs, lobsters, shrimp – fresh seafood is accessible and affordable. This is reflected in Pinais na Hipon, which is shrimp wrapped in banana leaves and simmered gently in coconut water. Said to hail from Quezon, a province where freshwater shrimp are in abundance, expect your kitchen to be filled with wonderful aroma and your belly calling for more by the time you’re done!
Get ready for your neighbours to come knocking at your door because this dish produces such wonderful wafts of aroma that will get their mouths watering. The Prawn Vermicelli, a simple but popular staple dish from Thailand, is a big bang of umami due to the lethal combination of prawns and sauces. Slurp it up fresh from the stove with the silky smooth vermicelli!
Picture this – Crab, the sweetest of seafood, swimming in a red and thick gravy that is interwoven with little white ribbons of egg. That, is the Singapore Chili Crab, a national pride and famous across the world. The intense flavour comes from the spice paste – a harmony of chili, garlic, shallots and ginger – mixed with a touch of vinegar, tomatoes and grated pineapple, which pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the crab. Eat with your hands, and gravy-soaked buns for the full experience!
If a dish can be a mood, then the Singapore Hokkien Mee can only be known as cheery. A plate of glossy yellow and white noodles, bright orange shrimp, white rings of squid and green strips of Chinese chives soaked in a gravy made with seafood broth and served with lime, it is a popular dish that can be found in any Hawker Centre in Singapore. Here’s a tip – the longer you are able to simmer the seafood broth, the tastier your dish would be!
The Teochew Style Steamed Pomfret is a true representation of Teochew cuisine – tasty, fresh and nutritious. Don’t be fooled by the clear broth and what seem to be plebeian ingredients, because this dish will shock your palette with its tangy, savory and spicy flavors. A truly simple dish to make, simply pile the ingredients onto the pomfret, pour the sauce and steam!