The Halal Travel Podcast | Shamsydar Ani: On Being a Masterchef Finalist and Her Title As Sambal Queen

By Halal Trip | 06, Jul, 2021

In this episode, we spoke with Shamsydar Ani. Dubbed the "Sambal Queen" (Chili Queen) on the first season of Masterchef Singapore, Shamsydar Ani is no stranger to spice. A true blue foodie, her love for food goes beyond just cooking. She is also a professional food photographer and has recently released her first cookbook - "Spices & Lime: Recipes from a Modern Southeast Asian Kitchen". We find out more about her love for food, cooking tips and also reveal something we've been working on together for a while. We hope you love this episode and Shamsydar as much as we do!


What to Listen For

  • Background of Shamsydar Ani - How she started?
  • An advocate for modern Malay food - Malay food on the world map
  • Cooking Malay food - mixing western methods in Malay cooking
  • Agak-agak. Campak-campak.
  • The one recipe that she finds difficult to make
  • Going to the pasar (market) - different terms
  • Singapore as a food haven - Food in Singapore to try
  • Comfort foods
  • Sambal Belado vs Sambal Belacan
  • Masterchef Singapore experience
  • Being Muslim in Masterchef Singapore - all halal meat, precautions taken by the show
  • Muslim Visitors Guide
  • Geylang's significance to Shamsydar - Childhood and old Geylang
  • The Chendol store
  • Wet Markets and Supermarkets
  • Shamsydar's food picks in Geylang Serai
  • Shamsydar's Cookbook
  • Baby food


Selected Links From the Episode

Shamsydar Ani
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Masterchef Singapore

Muslim Visitor Guides to Singapore and many other destinations!


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