A spicy affair

Do you love spicy food? If you do, you’ve come to the right place.

These recipes are from Darren Teoh, the co-founder of foodtourmalaysia.com that offers bespoke food tours and cuisineriot.com, a catering service that offers an inventive menu.

The unconventional chef also has a cookbook, Redefinition: Molecular Cuisine that redefines traditional Malaysian recipes with a modern twist. Darren is also the only Malaysian to have served as chef stagiare at Noma in Copenhagen, a two-Michelin starred restaurant that was crowned the Best Restaurant in the World for three consecutive years (2010-2013), and at the three Michelin-starred Amador in Germany.

Currently, he is a chef lecturer and research and development chef at KDU University College.

Flavours threw Darren a challenge: conjure swish recipes using lesser known chillies that are now available on our shelves. The results turned out smokin’ hot! Try out these unsuspectingly spicy dishes that will excite your taste buds.

 

1. Forbidden Rice Congee, Ox Tongue and Charred Red Chilli (top pic)

Simple and unassuming, you’d never expect this dish to utilize chillies. Chilli lovers who are looking for an average degree of spiciness should give this recipe a go.

 

2. Raw Red Snapper, Tomato & Dried Scallop Gelled Stock with Water Chestnut Snow

Raw Red Snapper, Tomato & Dried Scallop Gelled Stock with Water Chestnut Snow.
Raw Red Snapper, Tomato & Dried Scallop Gelled Stock with Water Chestnut Snow.

Salmon isn’t the only fish that can be eaten raw; this delectable delight features raw red snapper. For this dish, make sure to buy good-quality raw red snapper.

 

3. Lamb Breast with Cayenne & Cumin, Grilled Romaine Lettuce & Fresh Corn Spread

Lamb Breast with Cayenne & Cumin, Grilled Romaine Lettuce & Fresh Corn Spread.
Lamb Breast with Cayenne & Cumin, Grilled Romaine Lettuce & Fresh Corn Spread.

The combination of cayenne and cumin brings out the heat in this dish, but certainly adds a certain depth to it. Lamb lovers will appreciate the plating and flavours of this dish.

 

4. Oyster Chips, Tofu, Pickled Ginger & Habanero

Oyster Chips, Tofu, Pickled Ginger & Habanero.
Oyster Chips, Tofu, Pickled Ginger & Habanero.

You’ve probably heard of potato chips, banana chips and apple chips, but have you ever heard of oyster chips? You can serve these chips as a starter for a full-course meal or even serve them as light snacks.

 

5. River Prawns with Spice Powder, Kerisik and Kailan

River Prawns with Spice Powder, Kerisik and Kailan.
River Prawns with Spice Powder, Kerisik and Kailan.

Spice and prawn lovers rejoice! This terrific recipe combines the two together. If you’re tired of the usual prawn fritters, add this recipe to your lineup for a dish that offers an explosion of flavours.

 

6. Salt Cooked Tiger Prawns, Curry Leaves Chutney & Pickled Ginger Flower

Salt Cooked Tiger Prawns, Curry Leaves Chutney & Pickled Ginger Flower.
Salt Cooked Tiger Prawns, Curry Leaves Chutney & Pickled Ginger Flower.

Masterfully arranged, this fancy looking dish might just look too good to eat! Serve this dish as a main and wow your guests with both its beautiful plating and wonderful flavours.

 

7. Gin Breezer with Jalapeno and Passion Fruit

Gin Breezer with Jalapeno and Passion Fruit.
Gin Breezer with Jalapeno and Passion Fruit.

If you’re looking for something a little different, give this recipe a go. The Jalapeno certainly gives this drink a unique hint of spice.

 

8. Pickling liquid

Pickling Liquid.
Pickling Liquid.

This concoction is a simple, yet vital ingredient in some of the recipes above, so don’t leave this out!

 

This article was first published in Flavours magazine.


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