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A taste of what is to come….

January 31, 2013

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Yup Penang is well known in the whole wide world for it 🙂

The Many Faces of Tofu

January 23, 2013

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Tofu or bean curd is produced by coagulating soy milk. Since its invention more than two thousand years ago, us Chinese have found infinite ways of using this rich source of protein. The main forms of tofu KuKu likes to cook with are the firm tofu and fried tofu puffs. Firm tofu is coagulated soy […]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

January 16, 2013

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Today I am taking up the Weekly Photo Challenge of the Daily Post. The word ‘Illumination’ reminds me of the Chinese Lantern, which plays an important role in the culture I grew up in. It symbolizes the brilliant culture of China that was brought along by the early Chinese migrants to Penang. In ancient China, […]

Mushroom meatballs

January 13, 2013

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Another traditional Chinese ingredient is dried winter (shiitake) mushroom. It is culinarily versatile and has a wonderful smoky flavour and a meaty texture. Winter mushrooms are not only delicious additions to just about any recipe; they are also a healthy one. They are a source for high quality protein, minerals and vitamins. Having high fibre […]

Survivors of War

January 7, 2013

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The same day as the attack on Pearl Harbour, the Japanese Emperor launched his bid on the Pearl of the Orient and the other British possessions in its neighbourhood. Four days later, the bombing of Penang began, and life for my family would be changed forever. The Rising Sun now ascendant over Malaya, previously distant […]

Dreaded Nian

January 3, 2013

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In endless tropical summer, the Spring Festival was always a spiritually dubious time for my grandfather. Desperate to ensure his good fortune continued in the coming year, he would close the shop out of superstition several days before the new moon. In Cantonese tradition, to give someone the gift of a clock at the time […]