Nigiro Tea Merchant

Nigiro pot

“When tea is mixed with the correct energy, the correct temperature, the appropriate infusion time and the right state of mind, all of its wonders and glories are unlocked.” (Mingwei Tsai)

One morning I had my first tea tasting experience, thanks to Nigiro Tea Merchant and O’ways Teacafe owners, Mingwei and Lisa Tsai. 

The interview with Mingwei and the tea tasting certainly were very inspiring and refreshing. It made me really appreciate how a cup of tea has came from a lengthy process starting from picking up tea leaves and served up on our tables. Continue reading Nigiro Tea Merchant

Three Cup Chicken


I got a special visit from a friend and halaalife blog follower, Jasmine Lin, a Taiwanese-South African in my kitchen. She showed me how to cook a classic Taiwanese dish, called Three Cup Chicken.

It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients, but you need to get the right ingredients to achieve the authentic flavour. All ingredients here are halaal.

Jasmine and I in my kitchen sharing our Asian roots.

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Nasgor Kambing Kebon Sirih/Lamb Fried Rice


Nasi Goreng Kambing/lamb fried rice is made popular by street food in Kebon Sirih street, Jakarta. The famous Nasi Goreng Kambing Kebon Sirih now has several branches in up market malls! This is the “copy-cat” recipe… 🙂 when I am in holiday in Jakarta, I have never missed visiting the stall or its branch in a mall… Continue reading Nasgor Kambing Kebon Sirih/Lamb Fried Rice

Chili Cashew Chicken


If you’ve been to Simply Asia,  you’ve probably have tried Roasted Chili Cashew Chicken.

In many Asian countries, we eat rice and dishes with spoon on the right hand and the fork is to help scooping the rice into the spoon. Try it, it may make sense to use spoon for rice and Asian dishes as you will be able to scoop quite amount of food on the spoon.

Here’s my take on Chili Cashew Nut. Easy and tasty.

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The Market Deli


Another new fully halaal eatery opening up, Alhamdulillah. The Market Deli opened recently in Salt River. The deli unassumingly situated in Salt River Market, Salt River Circle.  So, as you are by the Salt River circle towards Voortrekker Rd, turn left on the second turn (the first turn is a cul de sac).  The deli is on the left corner of the entrance with ample parking. Continue reading The Market Deli