Missing Malaysia: KL Hokkien Mee!

Our very first dinner in Kuala Lumpur was hokkien mee in Chinatown. Simple, but absolutely packed with flavour and not quite as easy to eat with chopsticks as you’d expect. It was only a matter of time before I made it myself. After a trip to my favourite Asian supermarket in Louvain earlier this week…

Chinese Herbs — Help, please!

Asian supermarkets are my shopping downfall. I always end up with a vast array of exotic delicacies, strange treats and, indeed, mysteries. On my last visit this box of Chinese herbs called out to me. You WANT me. Stop fighting. You NEED me. I caved. So here I am, trying to determine which is which….

Foreign Flavours – Vietnam: Pho Bo

If I ever decide to officially fall in love with food, Pho Bo may be a perfect match. Good heavens. It takes a considerable amount of time to make (8 hours for the bone broth alone), but the end result makes you forget about that in a heartbeat. YUM. Behold, my selection of beef bones,…

Foreign Flavours – The Comoros: Papayes vertes au gratin

I struggled finding exciting recipes for the Comoro Islands/the Comoros (but not the Comoros Islands). That is, until I started Googling in French. BOOM! A whole new world! I went for a green papaya gratin from La Comorienne, even though the recipe had pictures of a regular (fully matured) papaya. Meh. For an African dish,…

Foreign Flavours – Malaysia: Beef Sambal Tumis

Of all the wonderful dishes we sampled on our road trip through Malaysia this summer, the beef sambal tumis I had on Perhentian Besar was the one I was most anxious to try out myself once we’d made it back to Belgium. Lo and behold: It’s not much of a looker, granted, but to be…

Foreign Flavours: The Board

Guess who finally got round to making the Foreign Flavours board today? It’s been awarded a prime spot in our kitchen, right next to our dining table! The first countries have been scratched off, with a whole lot of world left to discover. 😉 Stay tuned!

The Indonesian Spirit

One year ago, my wife and I left for beautiful Bali. I fell in love with the island, its people and its food from the moment we arrived (which, admittedly, was after a 9-hour delay in Dubai) and have secretly been plotting our return ever since. To mark the occasion (any excuse will do, though),…

Mighty Spice Express: Phuket Snapper with Hoisin Noodles & Herb Salad

Before & After: Obtaining whole red snappers was far too difficult (and expensive), so I used snapper steaks instead. We both loved the noodles. I liked the salad, Mrs Pomegranate didn’t. She hated the fish. Not just because of the abundance of fish bones (Mrs P. is quite fussy when it comes to bones of…

Mighty Spice Express: Duck Tostadas with Black Beans & Salsa

Not a great picture; sorry about that. Before & After: Those duck breasts served on their own would make any duck lover’s day. YUM. The whole combo left us slightly underwhelmed, however. Mrs Pomegranate dislikes mealy textures, so the beans didn’t go down that well. As for myself, still not a fresh coriander man. I…