From the yearly archives: 2010

London And Marmite

On December 20, 2010 By

Merry Christmas Everyone…wishing you a festive celebration filled with everything you want and like – good food (of course), gifts and great company. Have a blessed year FOR some reason, I was convinced that London was overrated, and I’ve never had the inclination to visit. I packed half-heartedly for my last minute London work trip, [...]

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It’s been two years since Marty Thyme, Veggie Chick and I started the Don’t Call Me Chef in StarTwo, more for fun than anything else. Food writing is hardly in our present job scopes, but we decided that it’d be a good diversion. For the most of it, we have enjoyed planning the column, and [...]

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Teochew Porridge

On November 17, 2010 By

I went to bed reading Nigella Lawson’s latest book, Nigella’s Kitchen, and dreaming about her Greek Lamb with Potatoes and Lemon. But we all woke up with scratchy throats, hacking coughs, aching bones, woozy heads. And when my imp is lying limply on the sofa instead of jumping up and down on her new trampoline, [...]

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Barbecue In Cameron Highland

On November 9, 2010 By

Cameron Highlands is not exactly my ideal holiday destination. What I remember mostly from previous trips are traffic jams, crowds, lousy food…. But then, my mother wanted to go, and my brother said he’d take her. The next thing I knew, I had agreed to join them….then all three of my sisters said they’d go [...]

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Most people think of Malay food when it comes to Kelantan, but not to be missed is the Thai food. With its proximity to Thailand, it’s actually not surprising to find good Thai food here. I have had some really good Thai meals in Wakaf Baru, which is about 20 minutes outside Kota Bharu. On [...]

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Kelantan And Ayam Kuzi

On October 18, 2010 By

In recent years, rice has been much maligned. So many friends I know are staying away from rice, and swearing that they feel so much better, and lighter. They are so disciplined they’d have only a few spoonfuls of rice, if at all they have rice. Some have even switched to brown rice. I have [...]

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Eating In Bali

On October 4, 2010 By

There are some really nice restaurants in Bali, with lovely decor and ambience and good food. Best of all, they are generally pretty affordable. We had a good dinner at Cinta Grill on Monkey Forest Road; the kids had steak and we also ordered opor ayam and fish sate. For dessert, we walked down to [...]

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Bali 2010

On October 4, 2010 By

I first went to Bali 14 years ago; it was my first holiday abroad as a young working adult. My two girlfriends and I were pretty innocent and quite fearless. We had no plans, and not much money. But still we were brave enough to rent a jeepney, and drive around the island on our [...]

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Salted Fish From Beserah, Pahang

On September 23, 2010 By

If you grew up in a typical Chinese family, your grandparents would have probably told you that story of how they or some ancestor or the trishaw peddler used to be so poor they could only afford to eat salted fish. The poorest of the poor wouldn’t even have that luxury. He’d dangle his salted [...]

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I visited Kuantan for the first time last week, and it was miserable the first three days as it was raining and raining. It was cloudy, and the sea was gloomy, but it still didn’t stop us from going to the beach. But on the last day that we were there, the sun came out [...]

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