About Aliya LeeKong

Aliya LeeKong

With a multicultural heritage, both Indo-Pakistani and Tanzanian, Aliya LeeKong is passionate about bringing exotic spices, ingredients, and traditions into American cooking. She spent years in a number of culturally diverse kitchens in New York City, ranging from triple Michelin-starred restaurants to tiny, ethnic spots, and has traveled to more than 35 countries in the past 10 years, learning from international home cooks and chefs alike. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and daughter. Exotic Table is her first cookbook. @aliyaleekong

Six square caramels topped with sea salt sitting on a sheet of parchment.

Spiced Caramels

OGM. No, we don’t mean OMG. We mean OGM. As in, “Oh, garam masala.” That’s how incredible this sweet and earthy loveliness is.