From the monthly archives: March 2010

By right, I should make a list every time I go grocery shopping. Instead, I walk down every aisle in the supermarket, and pick up 25 things I think I might need, like a can of chickpeas or coriander seeds. Then, they languish in the larder, forgotten. But then again, I always have the best [...]

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Lor Bak At Kheng Pin

On March 24, 2010 By

The best lor bak – slivers of meat lightly seasoned with five-spice powder, wrapped in bean-curd sheet and deep-fried – are usually found in home kitchens, rather than in stalls and restaurants. There is an art to marinating the meat just right, and hawkers do not really bother with using the most tender cut of [...]

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I am a Penangite, but I only recently found out about Kedai Makanan Teik Seng (on Jalan Carnavon, next to the old Hup Loong provision shop). It’s a popular `chu char’ place where you can order rice and dishes. We’ve never eaten here simply because they serve dishes that we eat at home all the [...]

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CHINESE New Year is long over, so why is it still so crazy hot – as in still air;sticky, muggy, sweaty, suffocating heat; sweat running down the face; thirsty all the time; five cold showers in an afternoon HOT! This heat feels like the blast of oven-heat you get when you step out of the [...]

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My Wonky Kuih Keria

On March 1, 2010 By

The theme for this month’s StarTwo column is kuih, and we all found it so challenging. All the recipes we found in cookbooks do not work, and in the end the best source was cooks who are familiar with making kuih. It’s a real shame because it means that most of us will probably know [...]

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