Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia

Sample recipes from Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia

Black Pepper Crab

Here’s a popular, easy-to-make hawker-stall favorite from Singapore: stir-fried crab encrusted with a paste made of crushed peppercorns, ...

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Beef Rendang

This extravagantly rich, dry-braised beef curry is a signature dish of the Manangjabau highlands of West Sumatra, Indonesia. It’s a trium...

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Indonesian Spice Cake

This butter-rich spice cake, flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and known as spekkoek (the Dutch spelling) or spekkuk, is an inhe...

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Javanese Sambal

This is the most popular sambal in Indonesia. It has a mellow, rather than fiery, taste because it’s slowly sautéed over a low fire, whic...

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Chopped Vegetable Salad with Coconut and Lime Leaf Dressing

This dish is among the foods mentioned in the Serat Centhini, a celebrated ancient Javanese poetic text. Its classic court food (though ...

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Stir-Fried Chinese Egg Noodles with Shrimp and Asian Greens

Fresh Chinese egg noodles, the shape and thickness of spaghetti and called mee or yellow noodles, are a core ingredient in Malaysian an...

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Stir-Fried Water Spinach, Nyonya Style

Water spinach, a hollow-stemmed green with a rich, almost nutty taste, is called kankung in Malaysia and Indonesia (and the Philippines, ...

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Stir-Fried Shrimp Sambal

This Malaysian dish is my favorite shrimp dish from the region. It’s a fiery-hot, ruby red stir-fry that goes well with rice or nothing a...

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Tofu and Summer Vegetables in Coconut Milk

This lovely dish of deep-fried tofu, carrots, green beans, and cabbage in a pale yellow coconut-milk broth is a Malaysian family favorite...

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Celebration Yellow Rice

This variation on coconut rice gets its vivid golden color from turmeric and its abundant flavor from lemongrass and kaffir lime, daun pa...

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