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My Rendang isn't Crispy

My Rendang isn't Crispy

by Zaleha Kadir Olpin


Zaleha Olpin has a mission: to show people unfamiliar with Malaysian cuisine just what delights they’ve been missing out on. The title of the book is an inspired riposte to MasterChef judges in the UK, who misunderstood the dish she cooked on the show in 2018. Her recipe for ‘Non-Crispy’ Rendang Ayam MasterChef UK is a standout, and other family recipes, such as Ayam Goreng (street food-inspired deep-fried chicken served with sweet chilli sauce) are compelling too. A brilliant debut.

from the publisher

Take a culinary voyage through the vibrant flavours of Malaysia with MasterChef UK contestant, Zaleha Kadir Olpin, as she shares her favourite family recipes in this cookbook. Malaysian-born Zaleha pays tribute to dishes she grew up with, including laksam, a rolled rice noodle dish unique to the East Coast of Malaysia; nasi lemak, one of Malaysia’s most iconic dishes; as well as chicken rendang, the controversial dish she prepared on the show.

Mostly handed down from her mother and grandmother, Zaleha’s recipes maintain traditional methods of cooking, but are suitable for use in the modern kitchen so you can experience Malaysian cuisine in all its authenticity. She also shares lessons she learnt growing up in a culinary family, with insights into the importance of food in Malaysian culture. Written from the heart, this book will appeal to anyone looking to expand their flavour repertoire or just wanting to dip their toes into the delightful world of Malaysian cooking.

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Behind the Cookbook: My Rendang Isn't Crispy

Behind the Cookbook: My Rendang Isn't Crispy

When Zaleha was selected as a contestant on MasterChef UK in 2018 she was prepared for cooking that famously “doesn’t get any tougher than this,” but she wasn’t prepared for what came next. In her guest blog, Zaleha, author of My Rendang Isn’t Crispy and Other Favourite Malaysian Dishes, available now on ckbk, talks about #RendangGate and the story behind her book’s intriguing title.

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