From the monthly archives: January 2010

We were supposed to choose our favourite Chinese dish for this month’s StarTwo column, and it got me thinking about my relationship with Chinese food. My late paternal grandfather came from China. He studied in Chung Ling High School in Penang, and then returned to China fleeing some gambling debt or over some misunderstanding or [...]

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I Can Take Bitterness

On January 28, 2010 By

I have had food cravings all the time all my life (except when I was pregnant and all food made me sick all the time). I am quite happy to be ruled by my cravings, when it’s cheese cake or asam pedas or kiam chai boi. But I have been having strange cravings lately – [...]

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Elephant Ears – Palmiers

On January 23, 2010 By

I love puff pastry, but I doubt I’d ever get around to making them – all that folding and referigerating, and folding and refrigerating…. definitely too much work. I love store-bought ready-rolled out frozen puff pastry sheets. It’s a staple in my freezer, and I usually stock up whenever I am in supermarkets that stock [...]

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Duck Eggs

On January 20, 2010 By

My late grandmother used to rear ducks in her backyard. We never went near them; they were stinky and noisy. But we knew that their eggs were good. Each time we visit, I’d always ask for her onion egg omelette, and it’s still one of my favourite dishes. On Chinese New Year, the family would [...]

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Chicken Stew For Rainy Days

On January 12, 2010 By

It was raining cats and dogs last Saturday evening, and the last thing I wanted to do was go out…even to feed a hungry child. So, there was no choice but to cook. And I had three chicken legs, some potatoes and carrots. I am bored of A-B-C soup, so I decided to make chicken [...]

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1-2-3 Cookies

On January 7, 2010 By

I tried to do icing two weeks ago, just to take on a new task in the kitchen and try something unfamiliar for Dec’s cooking column Test Kitchen. I chose to do icing because I generally avoid frostings on cake because they are just too sweet for me. God gave me sour tooth, not a [...]

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WHEN people go on diets, they opt for salads. But the kind of salads I eat only make me pile on more rice on my plate. I like Western salads, but I don’t make or eat them all that often. The kind of salad I make is called kerabu – it also uses raw vegetables, [...]

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