Me in the Kitchen

Hi! I’m Su-Lin and I love food! I love to cook and I love to eat. I was born in Kuala Lumpur and grew up in Malaysia, Singapore and Canada. Why Tamarind and Thyme? It’s a mixture of the flavours that I encountered in my childhood. Why the blog? Well, it’s as much for me as for you – I like keeping a record of the great places I eat and recipes I make and thought I’d share this too.

I live in London, one of the most expensive cities in the world and the “without going broke” part of my blog is my attempt to eat well without emptying my bank account. Sure there’ll be expensive dinners here and there but it’ll all be balanced by budget restaurant eating and lots of cooking at home. And I’ve got to save up for another love of mine, travelling!

I like: potato crisps, root beer floats, chai tow kueh, fried chicken, Sichuan food, going out for dinner, foie gras, crumbly shortbread, brunch, fry-ups, lemon tarts, kueh ubi bingka, rillettes, barbecue, Yorkshire pudding, buttery croissants, roti canai, pork pies, cavolo nero, spaghetti with tomato sauce, okonomiyaki, eating around the world, sambal belacan, weekend eating, fresh mozzarella, my farmers’ market, whipped cream, dark chocolate, char kway teow, hazelnut spread from Le Pain Quotidien, French fries, hot salsa, homemade chocolate chip cookies, …

I dislike: hot cinnamon candies, anise sweets, beetroot, food touching each other on my plate, boiled pork liver, warm milk.

More of my photos (both food and non-food) can be found on Flickr. I’m also on both Twitter and Instagram as sulineats.

My email address is tamarindandthyme AT


100 Responses to “About”

  1. joanh Says:

    Congrats on your new blog and look forward to seeing what’s going on in London. I’ve never been, but maybe someday….

  2. Su-Lin Says:

    Thanks very much, joanh!

  3. Graeme Says:

    Hi, SU-Lin. Thanks for visiting my site. Just thought I’d do likewise.

    I’ve only ever been to London once, when I was very young. It’s my understanding that there is a charge to even step outside your house nowadays? 😀

  4. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi Graeme! Thanks for dropping by! About that charge…you know, it sure feels that way!

  5. dinsan Says:

    oomgg I love food and I love eating.. Loved that… nice blog 🙂 I love food too may only thing I really love in this world lol

  6. Su-Lin Says:

    Thanks, dinsan! Thanks for dropping by! Haha, I’m actually eating as I type this…looooove food!

  7. c(h)ristine Says:

    ahh–my dream: Living in London–! But yes, everything is so expensive there–and I love your posts here on the blog. I was brought here via tastespotting to your loco moco post.

  8. Su-Lin Says:

    Thanks c(h)ristine! Yes, things are expensive…but cooking at home needn’t be (it just means that I don’t eat out as often as I’d like)!

  9. Kirstie Says:

    Hi Su-Lin

    I found your site whilst looking for ideas of where to eat in Singapore (my boyfriend and I are there for 3 nights in April, on our way back from a diving holiday in Sulawesi).

    We’re staying in Bras Basah Road and are thinking about trying the Maxwell Centre one evening, as we don’t want to travel too far for our dinner! Is it worth a visit, or can you recommend anywhere else in that area?

    Thank you

  10. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi Kirstie! Thanks for dropping by. I’ve sent an email to you.

  11. christine Says:

    Hi! I stumbled on your site through I’m so glad to have found it! London is my favourite city and I haven’t been there for 6 years! I’m definitely going to view your site more often. When I go back to London, I’ll use it as a tourist guide!

  12. Su-Lin Says:

    christine: Thanks for dropping by! If you need any further recommendations, feel free to email me!

  13. […] We’ve been tagged three times for this meme by Su-Lin at Tamarind and Thyme […]

  14. Becky Says:

    This is a beautiful blog , will be keeping eye on it

  15. Su-Lin Says:

    Thank you, Becky!

  16. Gastronomer Says:

    Hello Su-Lin – thanks for swinging by Gastronomy. Have bookmarked your site and will check back often. Cheers!

  17. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi Gastronomer! Thanks for dropping by too!

  18. Les Wong Says:

    Hey Su-Lin, great blog, found you by accident whilst trawling for suckling pig on flickr. Keep it up!

  19. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi Les! Thanks for dropping by – are you looking for a good place for suckling pig?

  20. Les Wong Says:

    Not really, just pics of them. To give you my two pennies worth, I recommend China China in Chinatown. Their pig is consistently out of this world. If the Si-fu (chef who chops and dishes out the meat) at the nearby Tai Kar Lok weren’t so moody, I’ll put them up there as well as with the former. Cheers.

  21. angi Says:

    Thanks for dropping by, Su-Lin! I like your blog and you know what? I lived in London for six months back in 2000, so I remember how pricey it was. I’ll keep checking back to see what bargains you find, to keep in mind if I get to visit London again! 🙂

  22. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi angi! Thanks for visiting! Oh, things are much pricier now than in 2000… 😦 But it’s still fun over here!

  23. aixxx Says:

    Hi, Su-Lin,

    thanks for your comment at my blog.

    but boy, you have a serious food blog or what! it looks really cool, and i’m jealous for the fact that you actually enjoy cooking 🙂

  24. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi aixxx! No way, sometimes I just don’t have the energy to cook and so we get takeaway or go out. You’re amazing that you cook almost everyday – and for lunch and dinner! And not easy stuff too; I notice that you rolled sushi today! Impressive stuff!

  25. Andrea Says:

    Hi Su-Lin,

    Thanks for dropping by our blog! I am literally floored that there are people in London who know about Mongolian food, I figured it would be a more difficult cuisine to track down. (I wonder if any shops in the city sell yak butter?)

    Looks like we’ll be able to get lots of ideas for future meals from your blog, so I will definitely be back!

    (Where did you live in Canada by the way? I’m from Toronto, where I lived until a year ago.)

  26. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi Andrea!

    Thanks for dropping my mine! Welcome to London! I lived in Vancouver up until 1998 so I really should be celebrating 10 years in London right about now!

  27. roses Says:

    alright. this is my first trip here to your site…and i am enjoying what i am seeing..
    those food makes me hungry everytime..

    will drop by more often than u know now and then.. =)

  28. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi roses! Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see and hear from you in the future!

  29. Loving Annie Says:

    I love yorkshire pudding, spaghetti with tomato sauce, sichuan food, buttery croissants and whipped cream too ! Yummmm 🙂

    Loving Annie

  30. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi Loving Annie!

    I think I’m going to have to add more things to that list but the problem is that doing so just makes me hungry!

  31. genuiness Says:

    hi su-lin,

    thanks for dropping by my blog – your blog is lovely and I have linked you up on my blog and will definitely drop by again.


  32. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi genuiness!

    Missed your comment in December but I see it now! Thanks for dropping by too!

  33. catty Says:

    OH MY GOD i LOOOOOVE root beer floats! Must be old skool Malaysian memories, except we did it with Sarsi over there. Just found your blog, looking forward to reading it 🙂

  34. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi catty!

    I just discovered your blog too! I always stock up on cans of A&W root beer everytime I’m in a Chinese supermarket in London – nice to see that they’re easier to find nowadays!

  35. Eunice Says:

    Hi Su-Lin,
    I’m so glad I found your blog! I’m a Singaporean moving to London soon and am so happy to read about the food and reviews on your site 🙂 Will be back for more!

  36. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi Eunice!

    Thanks for dropping by! I’ll see you around then! Hope your move to London is a smooth one and that you’ll enjoy yourself here.

  37. Divina Says:

    Hello Su-Lin, I enjoyed reading your blog and looking at those gorgeous photos. I’m looking forward to more of your food adventures in London.

  38. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi Divina!

    Thank you so much for your kind words! There’re definitely more posts coming up!

  39. radha Says:

    hi Su-Lin really nice to meet you, we share the same Chinese name! my friends in mainland call me like that too. i am also interested in London urban way of cooking,so going to browse here definetely, cheeeers

  40. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi radha!

    Thanks for dropping by! What a coincidence that we both have the same name! Strangely, my real Chinese name isn’t exactly Su-Lin but that’s the name I go by!

  41. shayma Says:

    many, many thanks for visiting my blog and for commenting. i do appreciate it, as i have launched the blog but a little over a week ago. there are so many gorgeous, vibrant and informative blogs like yours around. have come to know of many other fantastic ones through your blogroll. shall be visiting your site v often. best wishes, shayma

  42. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi shayma!

    Thanks for dropping by! And you’ve got a great blog there – loved your post on basmati rice.

  43. Nooschi Says:

    Where in Canada did you grow up? Just curious. Great blog btw.

  44. Nelson_Loreto Says:

    Good Afternoon,

    My name is Nelson Loreto and I work in the Marketing department for Porto Bay Hotels and Resorts.

    I would like to know whether you are willing to allow us to use your photo “link” to create a highlight for one of our special lunches,

    I would really appreciate your reply and soon as possible.

    Thanking you in advance.

    Kind regards
    Nelson Lorreto

  45. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi Nooschi! Vancouver. Spent 10 years of my life there.

    Hi Nelson! I’ve sent you an email.

  46. What’s up Su-Lin!!! Rondell Jenkins here just saying hi and hoping you can provide me with a good recipe for a McGriddle on a budget. I can’t be buying one of them lil delicious treats every time I want one or else I’d be outta house and home! LOL

  47. Rahul Says:

    Hi Su-Lin,

    Thanks for visiting my blog and posting a nice comment.

    Could I exchange blog links with you?



  48. June Says:

    Hi Su-Lin,
    Noticed you had left a comment on Ai’s blog..thought I’d check out your blog. It’s lovely! I’m adding your blog link to my page. 🙂

  49. Hi
    I am looking for as many people as possible to vote in my ice cream party poll.
    see my blog or my home page for the survey.
    It would be great if you could place a post to try to increase the survey numbers
    indie ices

  50. Great blog here…
    Just read your post about fish and chips.
    I think, as well as fresh fish and good batter, a major part of it is how often they change the oil (a bit like a car I suppose).
    That smell/taste of old, used cooking oil is one of the things that makes for mediocre fish suppers I think..
    One of the best ones I had was at a fish restaurant in Brighton on the front (not a chippy) and when I asked the waiter about it he said precisely that about the oil…
    Anyhow, consider youself linked to from my blog.
    Erm… just realised I’ve written a fish and chips comment on your “About” page…
    Sorry if that create’s assymetry .. 🙂

  51. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi Rondell! Unfortunately, as I’ve never tasted a McGriddle (they don’t have them in the UK), I can’t help you!

    Hi Rahul! Great blog you’ve got there – always on the lookout for the great deals in London.

    Hi June! Thanks for dropping by!

    Hi mike! I think I voted…

    Hi Gourmet Gorman! hehe, it’s alright! I’ve got to agree with you about the oil argument; I dearly hope that most chippies change their oil daily…

  52. Rachel Says:

    Hi Su-Lin

    I’ve just found your blog and love it! And we have something in common . . . I live in London too and I was brought up in Kuala Lumpur, although I suspect many years before you! Oh, and we both hate beetroot. LOL.

    Look forward reading more of your food adventures.


  53. Charence Says:

    Hi Su-Lin,

    I ate at a Sichuan restaurant recently near Shepherd’s Bush called Tianfu Buyi. Maybe you’ve been to it already, here’s a link anyway in case you haven’t –

    The food seems ok, although I’m not a very good food critic and my tongue couldn’t feel much soon after I started eating anyway.


  54. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi Rachel!

    Thank you so much for dropping by! Yeah, beetroot…. ick.

    Hey Charence! 😀

    I think I know the restaurant you’re talking about – it’s very close to Westfield, isn’t it? I’ve been meaning to try it but just never got around to it – thanks for the link!

  55. Annica Says:


    I’m wondering if I could have your email address as I would like to send some information about the BBC Good Food Show to you.


  56. Henry Chan Says:

    Interesting blog. Visited UK some years ago and the food was fantastic….expensive though but taste was superior. Thanks for a great blog..keep it up.

  57. Rachel Says:

    Hi, Su-Ling, your blog is brilliant.. Those food photos you took in Beijing is mouth-watering.. They brought out of me not just saliva but feelings about home. Thanks for sharing. Happy blogging!

  58. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi Annika!

    I have emailed it to you!

    Hi Henry!

    Thank you so much for dropping by! I’m sure you’ll find lots of restaurants you’ll like if you come back.

    Hi Rachel!

    I’m so happy that you enjoyed my posts about Beijing! Is that your hometown?

  59. kirsty Says:

    We are currently in the initial stages of production for BBC’s ‘The Great British Bake-Off’ series 2 and would really appreciate your help on the series. We were wondering if you might like to apply for the next series, from your blog it looks like you’re an enthusiastic foodie. It would also be great if we could advertise on your blog/ tweet page inviting any other keen amateur bakers to get in touch with us.

    Many thanks for your time and your help.

    Best wishes,


  60. Puiyee Says:

    Mmm, Hi Su-Lin!

    I’m a Malaysian living in York and always in the search of food and good cooking – it’s a Malaysian thing isn’t it (though much too lazy to photog and blog about what I eat) and my friend pointed me your way.

    Sneaked quite a few minutes’ read here and there at work today – Great resource for when I’m in London for a decent meal!

  61. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi kirsty!

    Hope you were able to find contestants!

    Hi Puiyee!

    Thank you so much for dropping by – and leaving a comment too! Glad you enjoy the blog!

  62. niamh Says:

    This blog is great, I’m really enjoying reading it!

  63. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi niamh!

    Thank you so much!

  64. gadgetgirl_ca Says:

    Just reading your L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon blog from a snowy cold morning in Ottawa. I went to his Vegas location, also sat at the bar and felt I got my money’s worth just from watching, let alone the food. Will research my next trip to London via your blog :-). Tx.

  65. Hello Su-Lin,

    I am starting a cooking school for people on holiday in Spain – Tossa de Mar and would like to use some of your photos of la boqueria in Barcelona on my website. Please contact me if this is possible.

    Thank you, Cynthia

  66. Great blog here…Just read your post about fish and chips.I think, as well as fresh fish and good batter, a major part of it is how often they change the oil (a bit like a car I suppose).That smell/taste of old, used cooking oil is one of the things that makes for mediocre fish suppers I think..One of the best ones I had was at a fish restaurant in Brighton on the front (not a chippy) and when I asked the waiter about it he said precisely that about the oil…Anyhow, consider youself linked to from my blog.Erm… just realised I’ve written a fish and chips comment on your “About” page…Sorry if that create’s assymetry ..

  67. Dear Su-Lin

    My name is Matt. Below is some info on my BBQ down in Clapham.

    We’d love you to come along sometime. We are doing it every weekend. In essence, I supply lots of top restaurants with Cornish fish and meat. These include Royal Hospital Road, The Ledbury, Chez Bruce and a far few more.

    What I am trying do in Clapham is, by working with talented young chefs, give everyone the chance to eat Michelin standard produce at affordable prices. If you can come down one weekend I can even get something special in for you. We are doing a roaring trade in pre-ordered cote de boeuf and native lobsters. It will be out treat. If its native to Cornwall we can cook it for you.

    Anyhow, it would be great to meet you.


    Matthew Chatfield

    Cornish man Matt Chatfield is the owner of Cornwall in your Kitchen. His family have farmed the same land for over 500 year.

    One day Matt wants to take over the family farm and make it famous for its Red Ruby beef.

    His first step is to create a market for the beef. This is why he has created Cornwall in your Kitchen.

    Matt works very closely with Cornwall’s premier butcher and fishmonger, Philip Warren and Son and Fish for Thought respectively.

    He has only been going a year. On a daily basis he delivers to restaurants London restaurants with a total of 25 Michelin stars.

    During his first year Matt has met some very talented young chefs. One of them is Oliver Marlowe, the Senior Sous Chef at the Michelin starred Glasshouse in Kew. As Matt says:

    “I have come up with a few crazy idea’s and Olly surprisingly thinks one or two are OK. Its great when you meet someone on a similar idea”.

    Matt and Olly’s idea is The Cornish Grill. Olly says:

    “Matt delivers possibly the best meat and fish in London. We want everyone to have the chance to eat this amazing produce and have it cooked by Michelin standard chefs. We believe a good way of doing this is. Good old BBQ. We came up with concept of the Cornish Grill. We stand for Michelin standard food at BBQ prices. Matt likes the phrase ‘affordable decadence’.

  68. Shy Says:

    Hi Su

    Nice posts. Look sooo delicious.

    I have just started my blog, do check it out. Mostly about good food and beauty.


  69. merri Says:

    Hi Su-Lin, I just discovered your blog, it is wonderful; I will be visiting again.(PS I am In Canada, what part did you live in?)

  70. Su-Lin Says:


    Cynthia: Can you drop me an email with this request please?

    Allix: I totally agree with you about the oil. Old oil is so unpleasant in taste! Thanks for dropping by!

    Matt: Thank you for your letter – the popup looks like fun! Not sure if I can make it before the sun stops shining (um… when did it ever this summer?) but I wish you guys the best!

    Shy: Thanks very much for dropping by!

    merri: I lived in Vancouver. Where are you based?

  71. Susan Says:

    Lovely blog, and lovely concept. I also eat out and cook on a budget. I’ll be sure to check in and see what you’re doing frequently… x

  72. Dan T Says:

    Really enjoy your blog, keep up the good work. In the spirit of sharing ideas and thoughts, I can heartily reccommend Cha No Ma on Baker street as a great lunch place. It’s a great little Japanese cafe/canteen.

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  74. Dear Su-Lin

    My name is Christin Ender and I am managing the public relations at the Bavarian Beerhouse.
    The Bavarian Beerhouse is an authentic German/Bavarian restaurant with German beer and delicious, hearty German food located in the centre of London. All our staff are native German speakers wearing traditional dresses, so called “dirndls”.
    I have been reading your blog for a while and I must say I like very much how effortless you create your blog! Therefore I would like to cordially invite you to come to one of our restaurants and try out our menu and tell us what you think about our food offer. .

    The Bavarian Beerhouse team is looking forward to hearing from you! We would be very grateful to get some feedback from you.

    Do not hesitate to contact us for all further queries.

    Best regards,

    Christin Ender
    Public Relations & Events

  75. edgrace622 Says:

    Hi Su Lin,

    Well, saw that we have something in common. Born and grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore. Well, not the Canada part Really nice blog!

  76. cirtnecce Says:

    Hi Su Lin
    I love your blog…you are one the few writers who makes me want to cook (which is in itself a task!) and more importantly cook well. I love your ideas as they are simple and do not require some exotic product, that is only available in one corner of the earth! Keep writing and for all you know you will convert a I so do not like cooking person to a I am so loving cooking! Cheers!

  77. cirtnecce Says:

    Thank you for actually making me want to cook and more importantly helping me in appreciating food….you are part of my sunshine brigade 🙂

  78. August 13th Says:

    Hi Su-Lin, love ur blog! I’m from Brunei myself, but grew up in the UK mostly, and keen on food and travel in Southeast Asia now. So I very much like that you’ve blogged about Malay food here. And FYI i love Bingka Ubi too! if you have time drop by for stories on Brunei food and things. 🙂

  79. wokstar Says:

    Hi Su Lin, enjoying going through your blog. Wow, you’ve been eating your way through the world, ha,ha! I’m coming to London next month & would love your recommendation for Malaysian/S’pore Eats. I don’t have much time so need to narrow down to the best. I’m a wok cooking teacher in Florida and blogger. Is there an Asian food bloggers club? Thx.

  80. gwynnem Says:

    LOVE your blog. You have officially sold me on visiting Greece and eating until my belly hurts.

  81. cirtnecce Says:

    Thank you for imbibing the joy of cooking in me; for the sheer delight that you bring for one’s love for food, I have nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award (

  82. kelvintan88 Says:

    You have an excellent blog. What a great find!

  83. Hi Su-Lin! Hi, first of all, congrats for your great blog!

    I don´t know if you’ve had a chance to visit our website, we have a new section on health benefits of the Mediterranean diet that you can visit here:

    I also like to send you an interesting video – trailer of our app: and the media kid if you need more information:

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  84. Ibukun Says:

    Hi, Su

    this is a great blog. Congrats on all your great work.

    I have a wine client who would love to contribute to your blog. Are you currently allowing this.

  85. Great to see another Malaysian blogger in London… check out and 🙂

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  87. gwynnem Says:

    Hi, there! I love your blog and just nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World award.

    If you’d like to learn more, here’s the link:

    Thanks for sharing the food and places you visit with me!

  88. Joanna Says:

    Hey there! Would love to get in touch about advertising on your blog? Can you let me know how to email you? My email address is

  89. Just recently discovered your excellent blog!
    I look forward to continue reading your amazing articles 🙂


  90. Su Says:

    Hi, wondering if you mind if we use your razor clam photo for an educational game on shellfish seafood? I work for NOAA Fisheries. Su (please email me if its ok to use your photo) PS: Great yummy photos!

  91. Double Vi Says:

    Oh my god, I did not expect you to be a foodie! Where do you put all this food? U r so tiny! (low elongatedness) 😉

    Congrats, you have passion for what you do.

  92. Have linked to your aubergine recipes for my blog Food Pharmacy this morning – great ideas thank you.

  93. Su-Lin Says:

    Hi Su-Lin,

    I just read about your blog in the evening standard tonight . I admit I freaked out that I might have been writing a food blog subconsciously when I saw your name and age (well I was 33 until yesterday). I had to write and say Hi given the parallels – we share many of the same food likes and dislikes too. I’ll def be following your blog from now on. Best of luck. Su-Lin ps surely ikan bakar needs to be added to your likes?

  94. Really a Nice Blog!

    Impressed me a lot, like your travel report.

  95. I came across this blog through an article in the Evening standard that lists 20 best bloggers in London. I find this blog really interesting to follow.

  96. So excited to have come across your blog!

  97. […] Similarly, Tamarind and Thyme is a blog started by a Kuala Lumpur lady who decided to write about eating well “without going broke”.  Her blog is full of reviews of restaurants and how to find the ingredients to cook foreign meals at home. […]

  98. Hi, You have a beautiful blog with a good collection of recipes… I am looking forward to explore more from your space! 🙂

  99. elyann14 Says:

    Hi Su-Lin! Lovely blog, will be looking forward reading about your adventures with food in London =) Have a great day! Ely

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