Apart being one of the best shopping destinations, Bangkok is filled for an abundance of robust local flavours. Why do the flavours of Bangkok satisfy foodies all around the globe? Thai gastronomy hits the mark in effortlessly balancing the blend of sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavours in most of their dishes.
Beyond the iconic Tom Yum, Thai cuisine boasts a series of succulent dishes that are, believe or not, easy to recreate. One of which is the Massaman Curry. An interpretation of a Persian dish, this curry is a mild yet rich Thai dish that includes a mixture of curry paste, coconut milk, peanuts, a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. What we love about this delectable dish is that it tastes just as good with any protein!
Forget take-out and try your hand at this recipe by travel writer and photographer, Terrence Carter to enjoy Thai flavours at the comfort of your home. The prep list may be thorough but rest assured you’ll be heavily rewarded. Accompany this flavoursome curry with a baguette or fragrant white rice and you’ll be the star of your next family dinner party.
When planning to flex our shopping muscles in Kuala Lumpur, it’s our mouths that get most excited. Malaysian cuisine, with its Malay, Chinese and Indian influences, is bursting with spice and flavour.
To satisfy cravings for the flavours of Kuala Lumpur, without the travel time, we recommend trying your hand at making their delicacies at home. Here we share a recipe for Beef Dendeng, from Malaysian celebrity chef, Chef Wan. The crispy beef with its rich sticky sauce and spicy kick pair beautifully with steamed rice (if for nothing else than to curb the sheer level of spice!)
Find Chef Wan’s recipe in his cookbook, The Best of Chef Wan, A Taste of Malaysia, and prepare your taste buds for your next Kuala Lumpur adventure/shopping spree!
For those in Singapore, you can also find Chef Wan’s flavours in an exquisite buffet spread at the 1 Market restaurant in Plaza Singapura!
Do you love the flavours of Malaysian cooking? Let us know your favourite regional dishes in the comments below, or show us on social media by tagging #iamatravelshopa.
With a shopping trip to Bali well within our sights, may we suggest enjoying a bit of the Island of the Gods at home, with good family and friends, and good food?! Here, we share the recipe for perfect Tuna Betel Leaves by guru #StreetFoodChef Will Meyrick from Sarong and Mama San restaurants in Bali.
The dish includes high-grade tuna and local delicacy, betel leaves, together with a raw Balinese Sambal Matah and Bumbu Pasih. For those aspiring to be michelin star chefs, have a stab at making your own Sambal Matah and Bumbu Pasih with the ingredients below the main recipe.
To complete your Balinese shopping spree, why don’t you pick up a copy of Will’s cookbook Sarong Inspirations.
We hope you enjoy your first recipe from our chic living column and pair it with a beautiful crisp white. MasterChef Asia eat your heart out!
Sambal Matah – 50 grams shallots / 25 grams lemongrass / 10 grams red birds eye chilli, seeds intact / 1/2 teaspoon shrimp paste / 2 teaspoons lemon juice / 20 ml coconut oil
Bumbu Pasih – 60 grams long red chilli / 12 grams peeled garlic / 56 grams shallots / 25 grams turmeric / 25 grams ginger / 30 grams candlenuts / 50 grams fresh tomato / 2 grams coriander seeds / 5 grams fried shrimp paste / 50 grams vegetable oil / 6 grams tamarind pulp / 1 salam leaf / 15 grams lemongrass
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Do you love the flavours of Bali? Or perhaps street food? Let us know your favourite regional dishes in the comments below, or show us on social media by tagging #iamatravelshopa.
Last week we attended the sell-out Sky High Autumn Fashion Lunch at Salt grill & Sky bar on the 55th floor of ION in Singapore. The Fashion show incorporated the launch of new local brands, Ms Illusion, the launch of nightwear line by White Ginger and new collections by Stones That Rock, Hats Off and Desti Saint. Salt Bar & Sky Grill was the perfect venue to showcase such beautiful creations, where 120 guests sipped on free-flow bubbles and were spoilt with the flavours of Luke Mangan.
Here are the the hottest looks straight from the runway…
Feminine resortwear designed for tropical living.
And soon to be released ‘White Ginger Night’ collection.
Stylish capsules for the curvy fashionista
Stones That Rock
Contemporary and classic pearls, semi precious stones and crystals
Hats Off – Handcrafted Headwear For Very Special Occasions
Unique handmade hats
Vivacious yet versatile handbags
Art collection by some of Australia’s collectible emerging and mid-career contemporary artists
The day was captured beautifully by local photographers from Littleones Photography and celebrity make-up artist Andrea Claire and well-known hairstylist Jeric See did an incredible job in the details of each of the models.
The hottest looks from the Sky High Autumn Fashion Lunch