Oriental salad

Very simple recipe for the day-to-day lunch and dinner and for any special occasion.


  • 5-6 boiled potatoes cut in small cubes
  • 3-4 boiled eggs cut in cubes
  • 1 medium size spanish onion cut Julienne and boiled for 2-3 min in 2/3 cup of vinegar and 1/3 cup of water; leave the pan on the countertop to cool down completely
  • 10-15 black or green olives cut rings
  • 2-3 pickled cucumbers cut in small cubes
  • 3-4 roasted red peppers cut in small cubes
  • 2 or more tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1-2 red hot peppers if you want some spiciness
  • salt and pepper to taste


Put all the ingredients into a big bowl and mix them well but with care. The salad can be served immediately, but tastes better if left to rest overnight.

Oriental salad

Oriental salad




Curry Laksa soup


Another amazing soup I’ve tried it few times already with great results. The ingredients are very hard to find, but it worth the effort.


  • 6-8 cups chicken stock (2 boxes of 900ml)
  • 2 cans of 400ml coconut milk
  • 4-5 stalks lemongrass, bruised
  • 4-5 curry leaves (I couldn’t find them anywhere)
  • 2 pandanus leaves, knotted
  • 1 pack of 90 g tofu puffs, halved
  • 4 to 5 tbsp peanut oil
  • sea salt to taste

Spice Paste:

  • 25 g dried chilies, cut into ½ inch in length and soaked in hot water, drained  (I used 3)
  • 2-4 fresh red chilies, chopped fine (I used 2 only)
  • 3-4 tsp roasted shrimp paste
  • 4 candlenuts
  • 10 g fresh turmeric (I used ground turmeric)
  • 15 g galangal
  • 10 shallots, peeled and chopped


  • 1-2 halves of chicken breast, cooked and cut thin slices (I smoked the breast for one hour and then few more minutes on the BBQ until fully cooked
  • 8-10 prawns, cooked
  • 150 g fresh yellow noodles, scalded
  • 150 g rice vermicelli, cooked and drained
  • 100 g bean sprouts, scalded
  • 150 g long beans, cut into 1 inch in length, cooked and drained
  • 8 hard-boiled eggs, cut into 1/2″ thick slices
  • 2-3 laksa leaves, chopped fine (optional)


Grind the spice paste ingredients in a blender or food processor for few minutes. In a large stockpot over low heat, add the oil and cook the spice paste until fragrant, stirring continuously. Then mix in the lemongrass, pandanus leaves and continue to stir the paste for another minute. Pour in the coconut milk and water into the spice paste mixture, bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 35 – 40 minutes. Then add the tofu puffs and let it cook for another 2 – 3 minutes. Season the soup with sea salt.
To serve, place some noodles or vermicelli into a large bowl, then top it with some bean sprouts, long beans, chicken, prawns and sliced eggs. Then ladle the hot soup with a few tofu puffs into the bowl and sprinkle with some laksa leaves, if desired.



See original recipe at http://www.seasaltwithfood.com/2009/12/curry-laksa.html