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Warm, nourishing, simple and sweet

December 31, 2012


Grandfather came here an expert clock-and-watch man, at a time when such instruments were objects of great pride and status. He and his brother soon established a small but thriving business in the heart of the old town. They did better than to walk among kings, as here was the domain of the King’s profligate […]

History of The Pearl Kitchen

December 28, 2012


My grandfather first came to this island with his brother just after the First World War. They came from a village in Guang Dong , China called Choy Sun, meaning “mountain of wealth”. From the time of the Taiping rebellion in the late 19th century, to the beginnings of the Communist insurgency, the settlement’s name would […]

Chicken Satay served with Peanut Sauce

December 20, 2012


In Western restaurants, ‘satay’ refers to a peanut sauce served with meat such as chicken or beef. In Malaysia and neighbouring countries however satay is a dish of marinated, bamboo-skewered meat grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire, and served with a sauce, often with peanut. While the popular kinds of satay are […]

Night Markets

December 18, 2012


In Penang not all markets are open in the morning. For those that prefer to do their food shopping after work, there are the night markets. The businesses at these nocturnal fiesta start to ply their trades from 4 o’clock in the afternoon till late. The Jelutong Night Market is a walking distance from our […]

Sambal Okra

December 13, 2012


I recall in my younger days being woken up in the mornings by the familiar sound of mortar pounding. There in the kitchen, by the back entrance to our house, Kuku  would sit in a small stool grinding away at the chilli, eschalots and garlic – the sharp spicy aroma wafting through the atmosphere. When […]

Are you being served?

December 11, 2012


First and foremost thank you for following (and visiting) The Pearl Kitchen and for this opportunity to share my story. As a novice blogger my journey so far has been challenging, yet exciting. There is so much to learn! I may have a vision of what I want to share, but I am unclear how […]

Masters of their trade

December 7, 2012


This post is dedicated to the close-knit community of traders that KuKu got to know at Chowrasta Market. They played an important part in this journey of cultural and culinary realization. (Click on photos to enter gallery)