This is a peranakan dish usually cooked during celebrations like Chinese New Year or family gatherings. It is liked by many people because of it's sweet,sour and salty taste.


1 small ripe pineapple
2 Sepat fish (salted)
5 red chillies
5 small onions
3 buah keras (candle nut)
1 small piece belacan (shrimp paste)
1 tbsp kunyit powder (tumeric)
2 serai (lemon grass)
1 kunyit leaf
1 cup santan (coconut cream)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp salt

1. Cut pinapple into square pieces.

2. Clean and cut Sepat fish into halves.

3. Pound chillies, onions, buah keras, belacan and kunyit together.
4. Pound the serai slightly.
5. Heat up 3 tbsp oil and fry the pounded ingredients with serai and daun kunyit until fragrant
6. Add in the cut pinapples,Sepat fish water and santan. Add some salt to taste.
7. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
This is a very simple dish to cook when you do not have a lot of time. It is appetizing and yet delicious.


1 piece chicken thigh
2 pieces salted fish

1. Wash and chop a piece of chicken thigh into small pieces.

2. Wash and cut salted fish into small pieces.

3. Arrange the chicken pieces and salted fish in a deep plate.
4. Steam the chicken for about 20 minutes.
5. Serve hot with rice.


500 g three layered pork
1 piece cinnamon stick
2 pieces star anise
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp dark sauce
1 tbsp light sauce
1 tbsp sugar
2 cups water
1 tsp cornflour


1. Slice the pork into thin slices. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok. Stir fry the garlic, cinnamon stick and star anise until fragrant for about 1-2 minutes. Stir in the three layered pork.

2. Add in the dark and light soy sauce. Add in sugar and  mix well.

3. Add in water and cook for 3 minutes over high heat.

4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 2 hours.

5. Thicken the gravy with cornflour. Once thicken, take out the pork and serve on a plate.


500 g pork ribs
100 g  ginger
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp black vinegar
1 tbsp dark sauce
1 tbsp light sauce
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 cups water

1. Slice ginger and garlic thinly. Chop the pork ribs into thin slices. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok. Stir fry the garlic and ginger until fragrant for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the pork ribs. 

2. Add in the dark and light soy sauce, black vinegar, salt and sugar. Mix well.

3. Add in water and cook for 3 minutes over high heat.

4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about two hours or until the pork ribs are tender.

5.Serve with rice.
Vadai is an Indian snack.There are two types of vadai.The first type is like doughnut. Instead of using flour in the usual doughnut, we use black gram dal. The other type is circular in shape without any holes.

Ingredients for the doughnut vadai :

1 cup black gram dal /urad dal (de-husked)
 3 onions (sliced)
1tsp salt
oil for deep frying

1. Wash and soak dal for about 4 hours.
2. Grind the dal into a fine paste. Add sliced onions and salt.
3. Let the mixture rest for about 2 hours.
4. Heat up a wok for deep frying. Take some dal mixture and put on a wet plastic. Make a hole in the center.

5. With a wet hand, flip over the paste in the hot oil.
6. Fry for a few minutes till it turns golden brown.
7. Serve on a plate.

Note: For the vadai with no holes, yellow dal is used instead of black dal.
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