The provocative character of Nonya food comes from using pungent roots such as ginger and turmeric; aromatic leaves such as coriander, pandanus, and kaffir lime, and other ingredients found in Indian, Indonesian, Malay, and Thai dishes -- chilies, coconut cream, ginger buds, shallots, shrimp paste, and tamarind. A true Baba family is addicted to a sauce made from chili peppers, thick black shrimp paste, and lime juice called sambal belacan. Its served with almost every meal. Curries, condiments, and chilies are standard items on the table. Red chili paste is tossed with fried noodles; chopped bird chilies garnish steamed fish, and chili sauce is spooned onto rice.