KitchenTigress: June 2011

Mee Siam (Spicy Rice Vermicelli)

Mee siam is a popular noodle dish in Singapore. Bee hoon (rice vermicelli) is mixed with spices and seasoning, then a slightly spicy, sweet and tart sauce is added. Basic toppings include egg slices, fried beancurd, sambal, garlic chives and lime.

The mee siam recipe I'm sharing is from "Cooking for the President".

Gong Bao Frog Legs

Back when I was a little girl living in a kampong, I jumped with joy whenever it rained at night.


Because my father would go frog hunting, and there would be a big pot of frog porridge for supper.

Sambal Timun (Spicy Pork Cucumber Salad)

I like Mrs Wee Kim's sambal timun recipe in "Cooking for the President". The magic of the spicy pork cucumber salad is in the dressing.

Opposites attract, so bland, tasteless cucumber (timun) and hot, spicy sambal are the proverbial match made in Nyonya heaven. And when the matchmaker is Mrs Wee, you can be assured it's a particularly blissful match.

Sambal Udang (Prawns in Chilli Paste)

Sambal udang is a delicious Nyonya dish. Chilli paste is fried in oil till fragrant, then prawns are cooked in the aromatic paste. The gloriously red prawns nicely balance spicy, sour, sweet and savoury.

Sambal udang was the first recipe I tried from "Cooking for the President".