Homemade Bak Kwa (Barbecued Dried Meat)

January 16, 2012 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 74 Comments

My oh my, look at these juicy Bak Kwa!

Over the weekend, I spend my time spring cleaning the house, bake peanut cookies and making Bak Kwa (Barbecued Dried  Meat). Chinese New Year (CNY) is just a week away! Before CNY, it is a tradition to spring clean our house to sweep away the old and any ‘ill luck’ to welcome the incoming good luck of the new year. Chinese New Year also known as Lunar New Year, celebrates the start of spring in China, which is also the 1st day of a new Lunar year. Continue Reading →

Roast Pork Salted Egg Porridge

November 9, 2011 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 16 Comments

It has been raining heavily almost everyday all over Malaysia for 2 weeks now. With the flooding situation in our neighbouring countries – Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Philippines, Malaysian government have been warning us of pending flood coming soon to our shores. It is heartbreaking to watch our neighbours suffer, and I pray for the weather to change soon.

These rainy days had me craving for a bowl of hot steaming porridge, particularly Roasted Pork Bones and Salted Egg Porridge my mama used to cook long ago. Continue Reading →

LongYan Noodle Soup – In Memory Of My Ah Ma

October 21, 2011 by Shannon Lim-de Rooy | 10 Comments

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 →