[Recipe] Traditional Austrian Beef Goulash & Spaetzli

Beef Goulash. Is it Austrian or Hungarian?! After having been to both countries and stayed with locals, I learnt that goulash is a shared dish between the 2 nations (kinda like how Aussies and Kiwis claim to have created the Pavlova) but Austrian Goulash is thicker like a stew and uses caraway seeds whereas Hungarian…

[Recipe] Nusskranzkuchen – Nut Ring Cake

My first healthy and guilt-free Nusskranzkuchen got a thumbs up from all my guinea pigs (aka family and some friends)!! Since I bought my Austrian recipe book in Vienna, I had been eyeing this recipe in the book called Nusskranzkuchen. I altered some ingredients to make it lower in sugar. The original recipe called for icing sugar so…

Innsbruck (Tyrol): Hut-to-hut walking

After a few days in Vienna, I boarded the OEBB to Innsbruck to meet a friend. Innsbruck is the capital of Tyrol (the state bordering of Italy) and it is definitely a place I highly recommend everyone to go to even for one night. What’s not to love? The encapsulating view of the jagged mountain…

Cinque Terre: Ligurian food & travel

    After a few hours in Pisa, I boarded Trenitalia and made my way to the picturesque Cinque Terre (pronounced as “ching-queh te-reh”) and Portovenere. Really wasn’t sure what to expect, but as we were approaching the first village, Riomaggiore, we saw a glimpse of the sparkling blue ocean, the colourful little buildings, and terrains…

[Recipe] Teh Tarik: Malaysia’s National Drink

Teh Tarik is a hot frothy milk tea made of condensed milk (or evaporated for less sweet) and strong black or Ceylon tea. Delicious! (in moderation) Teh Tarik (in Malay) literally means pulled tea because the mamak guys actually pull the milk tea to make it frothy & creamy! Nowadays, the mamak guys usually use…

6 Lessons from Sekinchan Fruit Orchard

31st January 2016 One of the highlights of my trip to Sekinchan was the free tour of his fruit orchard (Wan Chai Mango King) – My grandma, aunt and I were in 7th heaven! ❤ I’ve never met anyone so passionate about agriculture and fruits like this fruit vendor. You can really feel his energy…

Tortellini filled with goat ricotta cheese in a butter sage sauce

During my trip to Prato, I got an incredible opportunity to learn to how to make pasta from scratch from pasta maker, Roberto. Here I’ll be sharing the ingredients for this classic Emilia Romagno tortellini and Roberto’s tips for pasta making and cooking! Emilia Romagno is renown for having one of the best pasta in Italy and that’s where Roberto is from… just sayin! 😉

Family trip to Sekinchan

30th-31st January 2016 My favourite saying is “It is not where you go that matters, it is who you are with that matters”. And this family trip to Sekinchan was exactly it. Throughout the weekend, there were big smiles on everyone’s faces and laughter so loud I think the other side of KL could have…

[Recipe] Creamy Cauliflower Cheese

18 January 2016 – Cooking fiesta with grandma Another dish we needed to learn from grandma was “Cauliflower Cheese” – easy & low maintenance; perfect for a busy working day! It’s a Traditional English dish that my grandma used to have with roast. As we learnt to cook Cauliflower Cheese, we were listened to stories that brought much…

[Recipe & Tips] Crumbly and Buttery Short Crust Pastry

18 January 2016 – Cooking fiesta with grandma During my holiday back in Malaysia, my sis and I listed down a list of dishes we MUST learn from our grandma and her short crust pastry was top on the list 😀 Rule of thumb for yummy short crust pastry – 2 flour : 1 fat…

4 Things I learnt from the Taiwanese Tea House

One of the MOST significant highlights of my trip to Taiwan was learning about Chinese teas (i.e. how to drink tea without activating the caffeine etc) 🙂 In the city of Tai Chung, we visited a tea house where we sampled several types of Oolong Teas grown in the highlands as Taiwan is particularly famous for…

Bye Bye Kong Kong

January 11th 2014 2 years ago, one of the most important people in my life left me along many loved ones – my maternal grandfather, Kong Kong. He was such a caring grandfather.. Even when he was breathless and in lots of discomfort for the past months, he was still making sure I had the…