Please update your Flash Player to view content.
Dining with dragons



 Dining with Dragons is a fascinating food memoir that journeys through the melting pot of South East Asia during colonial and contemporary times, written with great wit and passion by Carol Selva Rajah. 

 Known as “The Queen of Nonya Cuisine” Carol’s diverse talents as an award-winning author, food historian, chef, and storyteller, provide readers with a rare and intimate account of the fascinating cultures that are behind everyday dishes. And of food’s power as an agent of social change.

Dining with Dragons is the story of generations of women, the ‘Dragons’ in her life and their transition to the West. It traces her family’s migration from many parts of Asia to Malaya, with its mix of cultures. "The strength of these strong women," she says, "their ability to survive, to make things happen, has made me courageous in living my own life.”

Fabulous original recipes covering each phase of her life accompany each chapter.  Early bird purchasers are eligible for Nonya cuisine cooking classes in Australian capital cities.

 A living legend, Carol is the Margaret Fulton of Malaysia and Singapore and has dozens of well-published cookbooks to her credit.  She is the first Asian-born chef to be invited to cook at New York’s famed James Beard Foundation. 

Here's what others have said: “Tales of strong women are always an inspiration - even more so when food is involved. And so to Carol's atmospheric story of her Malaysian childhood and the tenacious women who shaped her fascinating life. It's a great read. With some excellent recipes, of course!”  - Joanna Savill, food journalist 2015

“The arrival of Carol Selva Rajah in Australia was a most welcome addition to the food community and I knew I had a new friend. She captivated interest and respect from us all with her aromatic spices and anearlier book titles. And now we have “Dining with Dragons”: cooking, like food, offers a fascinating life style. Thank you Carol.”  - Margaret Fulton, 2015

"If there is one book that will enrich your life with gratitude, reflection and celebration, it is Dining With Dragons. Many know Carol as a chef, but this book seals her talent as a masterful writer and storyteller  “Dining With Dragons" may just be her greatest serving to date. The world finally gets to know the Woman behind the Wok”~ Simon Goh, Australian restaurateur extraordinaire, Chinta Ria & Temple of Love


Dining with Dragons is published by Akasaa and exclusively available via crowdfunding's Indiegogo and read more about Carol Selva Rajah.


Your purchase not only gives the ability to nominate a Nonya cuisine cooking class in your elected capital city in Australia – it also helps to place the book in rural schools in Malaysia and Australia

Watch Carol speak about Dining With Dragons.........     



Add comment

Security code

Related Articles

News Feed

feed-image Feed Entries


Selfie lovers - this is for YOU!

Discover the world's best selfie spots....




There's something charismatic about Croatia.

Find out what it is.....



Going OTBT in Australia. What's that?

Find out how much fun it is....



Catch up again with Sizzling Sicily!

Find it here....



Everyone loves a magical old city.

Which ones have you visited?



Discover Sydney's playground and food bowl, right at its back door.

Twenty ways to enjoy its charms....



Surprises everywhere in Serbia.

Surprising Serbia is now here...



It was cold in Canbrrrra for our visit, but it seemed just right for these beauties.

Find out what to do with them...



Tasty Austria has something for everyone but...see what it doesn't have!

Window on Austria is now here...



Best food destinations around the world....

Here they are according to's research.



Geordie country is unique and beautiful.

Find out  where it is, and why you'll love it.



What ever happened to What's next....?

The recent roundup of upcoming features is here....



Fells and dales, gingerbread, shaggy sheep and weird standing stones.

But please don't call the lake a loch!



Glasgow is shaking off its grey reputation.....

... becoming colourful - and tasty!



Still find all the food and fun of Central Taiwan ....




Lovely green Kerala has a friendly welcome for everyone.

Meet the locals here...

Listen to the podcast


Meet the courageous Japanese city that is embracing the future.

Learn where it is....



A cruise around south-east Asia uncovers some fascinating secrets.

Find out where...



So you thought throwing the wedding bouquet was strange....

See what happens in other countries!