A Taste of Southeast Asia
Food is an important medium of communication within cultures. All Southeast Asian societies have substantial Chinese, Portuguese or Indian immigrant populations. Their interactions lead to a natural fusion in culture, history and culinary traditions. Peranakan (Straits Chinese) cuisine, also known as Nyonya cuisine, is a celebrated fusion of such traditions.
Popular meals in Southeast Asia consist of rice, fish, vegetable, fruits and spices. Curry, noodles and soy products are also just as celebrated.
Commonly-used spices and sauces include ginger, pepper, chilli pepper, onion, garlic, soy sauce, fish sauce, fermented fish paste, turmeric, candlenut, lemongrass, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, as well as tamarind and lime frequently used to achieve a sour flavor. Coconut milk is often used to bind sharp flavors, while palm sugar is used to balance the spices. Unique combinations of sweet and sour, hot and sour, or hot and sweet are common in the various regions.
This cookbook will explore and survey the popular cannon dishes from different countries and regions of Southeast Asia, from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Ipoh, Nyonya, and more modern Nyonya fusion dishes. It will show you how to use these tropical ingredients and combine them in magical ways to create a beautiful meal.
Kim Bali is a not an author but a name of a celebrated restaurant in Ipoh, Malaysia. The restaurant is known for combining the best of Southeast Asian cuisine under one roof, with Thai, Vietnamese, Malay, Indonesian, Korean, Nyonya and other local favorites.
Kim Bali’s excellent reputation has attracted many celebrities to their restaurant. The restaurant names Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Angie Chueng and many other regional celebrities as their guests.A Taste of Southeast Asia is Kim Bali’s inaugural cookbook and specially compiled by chief chef Mr. Sam Yeng Kheong and his team of advisors. Food lovers will learn how to cook original Thai, Nyonya, and Vietnamese cuisines as well as many of Malaysia’ exciting multicultural dishes. Travel all around Southeast Asia with your taste buds.
Bilingual, English & Mandarin Chinese (Simplified)