Spices & Lime: Recipes from a Modern Southeast Asian Kitchen (Paperback)
Shamsydar Ani’s taste buds have always been adventurous. Thanks to them, dishes from her modern South East Asian kitchen runs the gamut from local classics to global favourites — made halal, of course. From ayam goreng berempah (crispy fried chicken) and kway teow goreng (stir-fried rice noodles) to za’atar crusted salmon and New York cheesecake, this collection is loaded with a refreshing variety of flavours that will put some zest into your meals. It also includes an introduction to the halal diet and suggested replacements for common non-halal ingredients.
In love with cooking and making magic in the kitchen, Shamsydar Ani took part in MasterChef Singapore’s inaugural season. She emerged the second runner-up on the show, and her skill at mixing spice pastes earned her the nickname Sambal Queen. The Singapore-based photographer, who specializes in weddings, food and portraits, enjoys developing recipes and blogging about her food journey. She often receives SOS messages from newbie cooks, and finds joy in making cooking easy and fun for them. As a modern cook, she is on a quest to update and simplify Malay cooking without compromising on its flavors.