There is this Malaysian dish called nasi ulam. Basically, it is a rice salad. But my God, to make it, you need all those specialist ingredients that probably does not exist outside the country. I live across the border now, in Thailand, and I will be hard pressed to find the ingredients locally (probably because I do not know much about where to buy unusual stuff).

If I were to follow the recipe the “pure” way, I would need stuff that I wouldn’t be able to get hands on like stinky shrimp paste and this ginger flower that I can’t even remember what it’s called.

So what did I do? I put on an old pair of long trousers and went into this piece of land near my house where I see the Myanmar locals venture into to pick leaves, and picked what I can.


So I had unusual ingredients such as Thai basil in it and long beans used in som tam, but it tastes good, with salted egg sprinkled on top.

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When we look for perfection, we find only suffering. I prefer to look for beauty, because it is everywhere, in all things, in all beings.