Ramadan

Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is the month of fasting, prayer and reflection for muslims worldwide. Fasting typically lasts everyday from dawn to sunset during the fasting month, only eating during Sahur (dawn) and in the evening when they break fast. 

Meaning, what to eat during fasting month is important, to keep your strengths up during the day. Dates, peanut butter, oatmeal and bananas are much loved staples. And no wonder - these foods are packed with sweetness that satisfy all cravings, and are filling enough for you to last the whole day. Oats especially, being a slow release food. 

This ramadan, break fast with us. 

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Ili Sulaiman's Ramadan Specials

Cook Along with Ili Sulaiman as she brings you some of her favorite Ramadan delights Every Tuesday, 5pm on FaceBook Live @AFN FB Page. Catch her this coming Tuesday (19 May) as she cooks her delicious Mushroom and Tempeh Rendang! Don't forget to also get reminders by following the Cook Along With Ili Sulaiman's Facebook Event Page and enjoy some of her Ramadan Specials with the recipes below.

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Mushroom and Tempeh Rendang

Break fast with Ili LIVE this Ramadan. Cook along with Ili as she shows you how to cook her delicious Mushroom and Tempeh Rendang. Live exclusively on asianfoodnetwork's facebook page at 5PM SEA on 19th May.
Under 60 mins

Jam Cookies

Dimple your plain butter cookies with a squeeze of sticky jam. Eat them anytime you want a snack, or in our case, for a lovely treat at Iftar. The steps? Well if you’ve ever baked a cookie, it’s easy enough to do, with all basic cookie steps first, then a squeeze of sweet jam last. Of course, you can use peanut butter, chocolate, caramel or any type of sweet creamy spread that makes you happy. Make more and toast it in the oven for a warm jammy snack after a long day.

Mochi Donuts

The perfect buka puasa treat. Mochi doughnuts are crispy on the outside with a sticky and chewy inside.

Sambal Tempeh, Kacang & Ikan Bilis

In just over half an hour, grab a handful of dried anchovies, peanuts, block of tempeh and a smatter of sharp garlic, ginger, juicy onions and sweet tamarind paste to make a magical dish. You’ll blend the herby-licious ones up, and toss everything into the hot oiled pan and watch them all transform into golden and caramelisy. A simple but umami-packed dish that can be eaten with mains for a satisfying breakfast, or anytime of the day. PS, we’re having it on the first day of Ramadan with a bowl of warm coconutty Lontong.

Roti Jala and Chicken Curry

Roti Jala, a tasty curry-spiced net-like crepe, is a must-have in the family during Ramadan meals of Iftar and Sahur. Now, this one’s a gluten-free version that uses liquid aminos in place of soy sauce. In all under half an hour, make this perfectly paired spicy curry to satisfy your Malaysian taste buds.

Sahur Delights

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day during the fasting month. And a good sahur meal means a dish that's filled with good carbs, protein-packed and nutrients to keep up your strength and energise you throughout the day during  the fasting month. And the best foods happen to be the easiest and simplest to make.  Here, we have  our top delicious sahur breakfasts you will need during this fasting month. 

Rice

Bubur Lambuk

We've all enjoyed a bowl of Cantonese porridge, but did you know that there's an equally delicious Malay porridge counterpart? Bubur Lambuk is a common staple during the fasting month of Ramadhan -mosques can usually be seen distributing containers of the spiced, meaty congee. While Cantonese porridge comes with a multitude of side dishes to complement it, Bubur Lambuk has all the workings in it -vegetables, beef and lifting cardamom, cumin and cloves. For us, it’s the ultimate comfort food that's easy on your stomach during the fasting month.

Sweet and Savoury Date Omelette

Let's face it, come the fasting month of Ramadan, you're bound to have more than enough dates at your disposal. We're talking about medjool dates here by the way, not the ones you find on Tinder. If you're looking for something to up your intake of protein for the day, infuse the slow energy releasing properties of Medjool dates with protein-packed eggs into one sweet and savoury omelette. The double-act of sweetness from dates and savouriness of eggs will leave your tastebuds dancing! This omelette is best served with a side of toasted bread or salad.

Delectable Dark Chocolate and Caramelized Banana Oatmeal

Are you someone that absolutely loves to start your mornings on the sweeter side of things? If so, the Dark Chocolate Caramelized Banana Oatmeal is just the thing for you. Easy, quick and nutritious, this breakfast staple has all the things you need to jumpstart your day. Oats, a slow-release carb will give you long-lasting energy. Crisp dark chocolate chips lend a big awesome crunch, and sweet caramelised banana because they all go so well together.

Hearty Healthy Green Shakshuka

A dish that has existed in Mediterranean and Arabic cultures for centuries, shakshuka ("a mixture" in Tunisian Arabic), is a stew of eggs poached in tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic and olive oil spiced with a touch of paprika and nutmeg. Here, the famously red stew is transformed into a healthy green one with kale and baby spinach. We're even using green peppers instead of typical red ones for a gorgeous green look. Spoon into it and lick up, you'll be sure to get a complete dose of protein and nutrients at the start of your day.
Recipe

Beef Rendang

Beef Rendang is a spicy meat dish from Indonesia, and it is well-loved by everyone, especially the Malay community. Beef rendang can be easily switched up with chicken or lamb and is best paired with rice! This recipe is easy to follow and recreate within just three simple steps! Do remember to simmer your Beef Rendang under low heat for an hour or until the stew turns dark brown for better texture It is definitely worth the wait!

Johor Laksa

A unique fusion of east and west, this rendition of a traditional Malaysian curry noodle features spaghetti noodles and coconut milk, which gives a creamier texture.

Ayam Masak Kicap

First deep-fried then simmered to get a caramel brown soy sauce glaze running with fried garlic bits, all infused expertly to a deep-fried chicken.

Lontong

Lontong consisted of compressed steamed rice cakes soaked in rich coconut vegetable curry stew. Lontong is a dish that can be commonly found at cafes, hawker centres and restaurants in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. It’s a hearty meal for any hungry diner who loves a tasty curry and vegetables.

Ramadan Features

Article

10 Delightfully Festive Ramadan Treats You Can Cook at Home

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10 Great Ramadan Dishes To Cook For Iftar

After a day of fasting, make any one of these delicious meals for Iftar this Ramadan

8 Essential Ingredients You Should Have In Your Kitchen For Ramadan

Stock up on ingredients that are healthy, nutritious, economic and with a long shelf life this fasting season

Break Fast with Us 

As essential as Sahur, breaking fast concludes the day's fasting. And what better way to break fast than with some of the best, heartiest and flavour packed dishes from Asian Food Network. Here are our top picks of the heartiest recipes for breaking fast, guaranteed to satisfy any cravings or hunger pangs. Addictive and delicious, you won't want to stop making them all through the fasting month.

Recipe

Cucur Udang

Indulge in delicious deep-fried prawn fritters, one is simply not enough!

Begedil

Known in Indonesia and Malaysia as begedil, it is crispy on the outside and super tender on the inside. A party favourite, begedil is also paired with Soto Ayam & Nasi Lemak. Whichever you eat it alone or with others,

Tauhu Goreng

“Don’t judge a dish by its cover” is an idiom that describes the Tauhu Goreng. A beautiful brown mess of deep fried tofu slathered in roasted ground peanuts, and caramelized sweet and spicy sauce made from Gula Melaka, tamarind, dark soy sauce, chillies and garlic. For a splash of colour and crunch, serve over a bed of cucumber and beansprouts!

Otak-Otak

Traditionally eaten with rice or bread, the Spicy Otak Otak -or spicy fish cakes -packs a tight punch! A dish favoured in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, it is a delicious amalgamation of Southeast Asian spices, shrimp pasteand the Spanish mackerel wrapped in fragrant banana leaves. While best grilled over charcoal, the taste is still fairly authentic steamed or baked.
Recipe

Ayam Masak Merah

This chicken in spicy tomato sauce (with a name that directly translates to ‘red-cooked chicken’) is a popular dish in Malaysia, and is a staple dish at many large gatherings or events all year round!

Ayam Masak Lemak

Love curry? Have you heard of Ayam Masak Lemak? This popular Malaysian dish translates to ‘chicken in turmeric coconut curry’ and is thought to have originated from Sri Lanka. Today, you can find this dish at various restaurants, cafes and even hawker centres in Southeast Asia.

Nonya-Style Ikan Bakar

A salted soft white seabass that’s wok fried with sweet tamarind, strong ginger, herbal lemongrass and fragrantly sharp lime. Ikan Bakar, or burnt fish, is frequently eaten in Malaysia and Indonesia,with a big spoon of fiery rich sambaland white rice.

Butterfly Pea Cauliflower Nasi Lemak

Ever heard of keto-friendly nasi lemak? Well, the unofficial Malaysian national dish is now that, in a brilliant blue. Crumbed cauliflower substitutes rice to give the dish a natural sweetness, infused with creamy coconut and aromatic pandan. Dig also into tender chicken sizzled in tumeric, tangy mustard and salt. And for a true-blue nasi lemak experience, add sambal, lots of it. You can also replace chicken with sambal squid.
Recipe

Onde Onde (Klepon)

In what can only be described as a party in your mouth, the Onde-Onde is a cute, little ball that quite literally bursts when you take a bite. Imagine a jelly-filled donut but soft –the dough is made of glutinous rice flour infused with pandan, or screwpine leaf, juice, then filled with palm sugar and rolled in with grated coconut. A traditional pastry that is popular in Malaysia and Singapore, it is eaten as a snack or a dessert.

Delicious Desserts: Deep-Fried Banana Fritter Balls (Cekodok Pisang)

Also known as ‘jemput jemput pisang’, these deep-fried banana fritter balls are a sweet treat!

Murtabak Manis

Get ready for those calories because you will definitely sink your teeth into this traditional Indonesian pancake dessert. A sweet treat, the Murtabak Manis can be described as a hefty “pancake” pie –a thick pastry enveloping a filling of your choosing!

Coconut Milk with Corn and Boba

A versatile dessert that can be served hot and cold; drank from a cup or sipped from a bowl, the Coconut Milk with Corn and Boba is a tasty treat for the young and old. Enjoy the creaminess of the coconut with the delightful sweetness of corn and sago pearls. Best served with a touch of mint leaves and sesame seeds!

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