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Acar Fish

On July 27, 2013 By

ACAR fish is one of my favourite Peranakan dishes. It literally translates to pickled fish, but in our house we never leave it long enough to pickle in the vinegar mixture. It’s essentially fried fish topped with fried slices of garlic, ginger and tumeric, with a sauce made of vinegar and sugar. It’s usually garnished [...]

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I WAS stressed out over work last weekend; mostly from not being sure of what I had to do. Instead of turning on my notebook and actually doing work, I procrastinated…. by reading cookbooks. I read Nigel Slater’s The 30-Minute Cook: The Best of the World’s Quick Cooking, and came across his recipe for plum [...]

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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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I wanted to take part in the Merdeka Open House party organised by babe in the city_kl, but I just couldn’t decide on what dish to post to fit the theme Food From Our Hearts. It’s kind of a strange predicament because cooking and feeding people well are how my family express our love for [...]

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I didn’t start out planning to write a nostalgic blog, but so much of my food experiences and knowledge are rooted in what I ate growing up. I didn’t even know I had all those memories stored up, but maybe that’s one of the signs of growing old (and growing sideways). That’s ample warning of [...]

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Dip For Fried Fish

On May 9, 2010 By

I like plain fried fish – marinated with salt and turmeric, or with salt and white pepper. It has to be fried right, and that means it must be crispy on the outside and moist inside, not bone dry. I could happily have a plate of hot rice with just fried fish, with condiments like [...]

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I have a long list of must-eats whenever I am in Kelantan. There are mornings when I have two breakfast – the first one when I get to the market as soon as I wake up at the crack of dawn, and the other one with my friends who wake up at more reasonable hours. [...]

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Asam Prawns

On April 24, 2010 By

There is always a jar of tamarind, or asam jawa, in my kitchen. It is an essential ingredient in our food, as it’s the base for many of the curries in Peranakan cuisine. Tamarind is a souring agent, but there is also a hint of sweetness in it. So, it’s not as sharp as vinegar, [...]

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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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Bubur Cha Cha For Chap Goh Meh

On February 28, 2010 By

Today is Chap Goh Meh, the fifteenth and last day of Chinese New Year. In the old days, this is celebrated on a much larger scale. It’s after all the Chinese Valentine’s Day, the only day that young maidens in Penang were allowed to leave their home and stroll down Gurney Drive for all and [...]

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