[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…

[Recipe] Winter Solstice Festival (“Ball Ball” day)

In the Chinese Lunar Calendar, winter solstice falls on December 22 or 23 (solar calendar) every year. For the past 22 years, I never knew Chinese Winter Solstice Festival was more important than Chinese New Year. I just knew that no matter what you must do whatever you can to have at least one tang…

[Recipe] Pineapple Jam

This jam is super versatile – you can have it on toast, cake, make it into a slice or even better, pineapple tarts! The preparation time is about 7 -10 minutes (depending on how fast you are at cutting pineapples) and the cooking time is about 1.5-2 hours. Don’t try increasing the heat of the…

[Recipe] Nasi Goreng aka Fried Rice

What can go wrong with an innocent dish like nasi goreng right? Oh boy it can! My mum tried making her first proper nasi goreng 8 years ago and it was a plate of rice mush! After several more attempts and using Tip #2 below, my mum perfected her fried rice and it’s probably one of…

Malaysian Kuih: Onde-onde

Onde-onde, my favourite of all the Malaysian kuih-muih because of the chewy texture of the glutinous rice balls, freshly grated coconut on the outside and the burst of oozing gula melaka on the inside. Seriously hands down better than any chocolate (and this is coming from a chocoholic!) I would use freshly grated coconut if you can find…

[Recipe] Asian Salmon Patties (Fish cakes)

MY SERIOUSLY EASY ASIAN SALMON PATTIES (FISH CAKES) Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 5-10 minutes You know how most children despise vegetables and would throw a fit when they don’t want to eat it or some cheeky ones might try sneak abit onto their sibling’s plate? That’s how I feel when I salmon is…

[Recipe & Story] Congee: Ultimate comfort food

This is comfort food to me 🙂 It’s perfect for breakfast, dinner, lunch, snack, whenever.. My dad would say it’s for sick people but let’s ignore that comment because it’s not good energy for my soul 😛 hahaha I just love congee, especially when it’s made well. When it’s cooked well, it’s silky and smooth, the…

[Recipe] Chinese New Year Pineapple Tarts

I titled this blog as “Chinese New Year Pineapple Tarts” but really, there’s never a wrong time for pineapple tarts 😀 Traditionally, these tarts are made and eaten during festive seasons such as Chinese New Year. You may choose to put 1-2 star anise to give it that asian touch. I guess that’s what makes it…

My Kitchen Staple : Garlic oil & how to use it?

Here is Chinese cooking lesson 101 from my family – you must always have garlic oil at hand. I remember my grandma, popo would have both garlic oil AND onion oil! Imagine how much time and effort she put in to make them and feed her 7 kids and many grandchildren haha 🙂 The container…

[Recipe] Kuih Bingka Ubi (Cassava)

Kuih-muih (plural for kuih) is the Malay word for bite-size snacks and usually of Malay-Peranakan origin. It comes in many varieties (sweet, savoury, plain, colourful, steamed, fried, baked) and are eaten at all times of the day… Well, actually that’s not quite true. Most shops stop selling after about 10-11am to maintain the freshness of the…

A trip down memory lane: Apam balik

Apam balik is Malaysian peanut pancake filled with crushed peanuts, sprinkles of sugar and sometimes, creamed corn. It goes by various names such as Jing Loong Pau, Ban Jian Kuih and Martabak Manis. It’s one my absolutely favourite Malaysian street food and it is to-die-for. It comes in 2 ways – 1) thin, crispy and…