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Nostalgic conversation

October 29, 2012

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Sitting at my KuKu’s kitchen table on the second day of my visit we discussed many things. My childhood with her, her life after the passing of my uncle, and my life in Australia. We reminisce about the time when she taught me how to make fish curry with tamarind juice for a cooking competition in […]

Flavours of the Straits-born Chinese

October 24, 2012

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Cecil grew up in Singapore. His grandfather was part of the 19th century sojourners from South China to the three biggest trading ports in the Straits of Malacca: Penang, Malacca and Singapore. Mostly Hokkien, the descendants of this earlier group evolved into an ethnic society bearing the name of Straits-born Chinese, to distinguish themselves from […]

The Pearl Kitchen challenge

October 18, 2012

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I will be be sharing more of my uncle’s favourite cuisine in upcoming posts. But it is time for the first Pearl Kitchen Challenge. My childhood separation from my parents and subsequent anxieties about my own status in the new family had left me permanently guarded. My Uncle Cecil, the substitute father I had grown up […]

Cecil’s favourite cuisine

October 15, 2012

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I have fond memories of the times when we were sitting around the table with some of Cecil’s closest friends, celebrating his birthday. As usual KuKu would cook up a storm, her way of showing him love. She wowed the guests with a banquet of his favourite cuisine. First there was the Malaysian chicken curry […]

Penang on two wheels

October 13, 2012

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At the heart and soul of this former British colony are the colourful personalities of its people. As it  strives for technological modernization remnants of the yester-year can be seen peppered across the island state, amongst the jam packed traffic of motor cars (each family owns 2-3 cars these days)….  Captured so beautifully by the […]

Pearl of the Orient

October 8, 2012

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The route from the airport to the kitchen stays the same but the view changes every year. I don’t recall seeing those green high rises last year. Not enough land? No worries……. From supermarkets to hypermarkets.

My favourite stir-fry

October 3, 2012

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My favourite stir-fry recipe from KuKu is the black pepper beef with asparagus. This is a slight variation from the ‘all-in-one’ stir-fry method. Ingredients 2 tablespoon cornflour 2 tablespoon oyster sauce ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoon oil 1kg beef, skirt steak, sliced thinly 20 stems asparagus, sliced slanted into 3-4cm and discard […]