Blasta Books #11: Agak-Agak

Agak-agak (pronounced aga-aga, with a silent k) is a Malaysian saying that means ‘guess-guess’ or ‘use your instincts’. In this book, Sham Hanifa has translated those instincts into easy-to-follow recipes that incorporate all the flavour of his diverse heritage, which includes Chinese, Thai, Indian and Malay influences. 
This multicultural background is reflected in Sham’s food, from Thai basil beef and the Malaysian comfort food classic of chicken rice to his grandmother’s famous crab laksa and Sham’s own renowned lamb rendang.
With instructions on how to make many dishes out of one batch of spice paste, satay sauce or chicken broth plus clever cooking tips for how to plan ahead to get two different meals out of the same ingredients, Agak-Agak packs a big flavour punch into a little book.


ISBN: 9781739210557
Format: Hardcover, 72 pages
Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.2 x 15.4 cm
Publication date: 25 July 2024
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About the author

Shamzuri (Sham) Hanifa is an award-winning chef, businessman and broadcaster. Originally from Malaysia, Sham moved to Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim, Ireland, in 2000 to begin a journey that would take him from general kitchen work to head chef and owner/co-owner of a number of establishments, including the Cottage Restaurant, My Kitchen by Sham Hanifa, Synergy Café, Buffalo Boy Steakhouse and the Chef Sham Sauces range.

Sham has appeared regularly on Virgin Media’s Six O’clock Show since 2019, where he demonstrates easy, Asian-style dishes. He is a proud member of Euro-Toques and is a Food Ambassador for County Leitrim.


Photographer credit: John Tecuceanu

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