Spice Bags S4 Ep5: Talking Malaysia with Vik Siva Subramaniam and Sham Hanifa
Shamzuri (Sham) Hanifa, is a beloved denizen of the Irish food scene. Based in Leitrim, he is the award-winning chef and owner of the Cottage Restaurant, Buffalo Boy, and Chef Sham Sauces. His new restaurant, My Kitchen, will also feature cooking classes.
Vikkineshwaran (Vik) Siva Subramaniam is a medical doctor and surgeon whose South Indian father founded Babas, the leading spice and curry mix brand in Malaysia.
Our two guests wax and unpack about their country, Malaysia, which is a scrumptious, multi-ethnic melting pot of people truly passionate about its food. Sham and Vik talk about hawker street stalls, Nasi Lemak, Rendang, roti, Kuey Teow soup, coconut, tamarind, sambal, and that polarizing fruit, the spiky, somewhat pungent Durian! They mention the Malay love of strong coffee. Plus recent Ireland arrival and chocolate sommelier Shobitha Ramadasan chips in about Malaysian cacao.
In Malaysia, Vik declares, “All meals are important meals.”
We adored taking a bite out of Malaysia with Sham and Vik, and hope you will too.
Mentioned in this episode
Babas: https://www.babas.com.my/ (available at Asia Market in Dublin)
Cottage Restaurant: http://cottagerestaurant.ie/
My Kitchen: https://www.facebook.com/SynergyCafe
Chef Sham Sauces: http://chefshamsauces.com/
Buffalo Boy: https://www.buffaloboy.ie/