We were expecting our cousin for dinner tonight but he had to cancel coz he had a call to work in Germany. He was very interested and looking forward to having some Malaysian spicy food, so I had planned to make Pork Sambal Nyonya-style to be served with Potatoes with Yogurt Indian-style with steamed homegrown courgette.. Despite his not coming, I made what I had planned anyways.. 🙂

Recipe from Nyonya Favourites by Periplus ( Lee Giok Boi )


  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 600 g lean pork, sliced thinly into 3 cm strips
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 125ml water
  • 60 ml thick coconut milk

Spices to be blended or ground into a smooth paste:

  • 2 pcs 4cm fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced
  • 10 medium red chillies, deseeded and roughly chop
  • 4 slices galangal, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tbsp water



    Serves 4
    Prep time 20 mins
    Cook time 15 mins
    Total time 25 mins
total time


  1. Heat oil in a wok and gently cook Spice Paste for abt 5 mins till oil rises to surface and paste becomes fragrant.
  2. Add pork, sugar, salt, water and coconut milk. Bring to boil, then simmer gently till oil rises to surface once more.
  3. Serve immediately with plain rice.

It’s easy and quick to prepare; delish too.  It wasn’t as spicy as I thought it would be.  🙂

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