Norman Musa

Pub date
Pavilion Books
A4 195x230mm
176 pages
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Book Overview

From crisp and zingy salads, to fresh and comforting rice bowls, and tangles of tasty noodles as well as plant-based bowls and stir fries, Bowlful will satisfy all your cravings, with 90 easy to follow recipes by Norman Musa. This book celebrates the fresh and diverse flavours of Asia distilled in deliciously simple bowl food.

From the bestselling author of Amazing Malaysian comes Bowlful: a celebration of the fresh and diverse flavours of Asia from Malaysia to Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines with over 90 accessible and easy to follow recipes.   

Born in Penang, chef and author Norman Musa has spent much of his life exploring the cultures and cuisines of South East Asia, picking up recipes and inspiration along the way. Bowlful is the distillation of many years of travel and a celebration of the economical, vibrant and deliciously simple bowl food from these regions. From crisp and zingy salads to fresh and comforting rice bowls and tangles of tasty noodles, as well as plant-based bowls and stir fries, Bowlful will satisfy all your cravings. 

Within these pages you will find recipes for familiar family favourites such as Singapore Noodles, Pad Thai and Banh Mih as well as discovering some uncovered gems from across South East Asia including Lombok Grilled Chicken and Squid Sambal. Norman’s quick and streamlined recipes make your fakeaway dreams a reality offering fresh and vibrant dishes that burst with flavour covering everything from quick stir-fries and curries to noodles, rice – all brimming with vegetarian and plant-based alternatives.  

All the recipes are made with easily-sourced ingredients providing a healthier more satisfying alternative to reaching for Deliveroo, it’s never been easier to satisfy those cravings and bring an authentic taste of Asia to your home.

About the author

Born in Penang, Norman Musa is an internationally recognised chef and promoter of Malaysian cuisine. He has featured in MasterChef Malaysia, Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes as well as Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. He has hosted five seasons of his own cookery shows on Malaysian TV and was awarded the UK’s Asian & Oriental Chef of the Year Award in 2012. In 2015, he became the ambassador for the award. Norman is a regular feature at cookery schools across the UK, not least at London’s Leiths School of Food & Wine. His bestselling debut Amazing Malaysian was named by Ken Hom as “the definitive Malaysian cookery book”.


  • ‘This book is certain to add flavour to your weeknight plan.’ – Rukmini Iyer