I’m no fan of fish head, except the silky smooth cheeks. Mama would “devour” the whole fish (the head, fins, tail) until the fish is irrecognisable. Many times she have failed to convince me to try the fish head. No way I will touch it, not even scrumptious curry fish head. Yes I know some of you reading this will go “Eww, how can you eat the fish head”. Mama will tell you it’s very delicious, the cooked fish meat between the bones is super tasty and firm, break the bones with your fingers, and suck out the meat. There’s no way avoiding getting your fingers dirty to truly enjoy fish head. Continue Reading →
Whenever my 2 sisters go back to our hometown Penang, it’s a MUST for them to take a drive to Air Itam for the famous Penang Asam Laksa. Takeaway (the portion is slightly bigger) back to mama’s house or even bring a few packets back to Kuala Lumpur. I enjoy asam laksa, it’s just I don’t crave for that and I don’t have the habit of hunting down food. Continue Reading →
If you have tried Vietnamese food, chances are you have tried Bun, or dry rice vermicelli in Vietnamese dipping sauce (fish sauce) and topped with either grilled beef, BBQ shrimp, sugarcane shrimp or a combination of them. Besides pho and bun bo hue, this has got to be one of the most common and favorite dishes at Vietnamese restaurants. It’s not hard to figure out why this is. It’s so versatile and easy to prepare, the savory grilled lemongrass beef with refreshing herbs and vermicelli is refreshing and appetizing. It’s not only tasty, but very healthy and comes with all sorts of vegetables and herbs. This is a noodle dish that is both filling and satisfying.
Stop what you are doing now and listen. I am going to tell you about one of the best recipes I’ve come across this year.
Having bought some Cha Soba (green tea buckwheat noodles), this quaint and easy recipe called Otsu from Super Natural Cookbook by Heidi Swanson of 101CookBooks caught my eye. Heidi says “Unlike many pasta recipes that leave you feeling weighed down and sluggish, this one makes for a healthy, invigorating, and energizing meal that will quickly become a favorite.”
This post in memory of my Ah Ma (paternal grandma who passed away this May) and my Papa (passed away in year 2000). I miss both of them a lot.
Both my paternal grandparents are from LongYan, west of Fujian, China. Ah Kong (Grandpa) was a young policeman during the KuoMingTang (China Nationalist Party) ruling, and he had to flee when the Communist took over China. He left Ah Ma and my one-year old Papa in LongYan with relatives, to seek for survival & refuge in Malaya (now known as Malaysia). 8 years later, Ah Kong finally managed to apply for Ah Ma and my Papa to come to Malaya & reunite.
My grandparents have been returning to their homeland every few years but my Papa only made his first visit in year 2000, just 6 months before he passed away. I’m glad I made the trip to my Papa’s homeland, to get to know where my roots begin.. Read more about my trip in 2003 to trace back my roots here Continue Reading →
This whole week is going to be full of festivities and food with Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration. For the Muslims, Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrates the conclusion of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim friends.
This post is to celebrate the diversity of Malaysian food. Being a Malaysian, my food & cooking have been influenced by Malaysia’s multi ethnic nation – mainly Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Nyonya cuisines. Born & bred in Penang, hawker food or street food is so easily accessible. To most Malaysians, Penang is a food heaven destination.