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Prawns in Oyster Sauce

March 29, 2013

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The preparation of the new moon banquet was the defining experience of Spring Festival. For many moons KuKu had been dazzling family, customers and friends with the fruits of her wok. On New Years day she would spend all morning in the kitchen weaving her magic. I was more than happy to relive the apprentice […]

Conquering the Beast

March 19, 2013

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Chinese New Year is popularly known as the Spring Festival because it starts from the beginning of spring (the first of the twenty-four terms in coordination with the changes of nature). Its origin is too old to be traced but several explanations are hanging around. All agree, however, that the word Nian, which in modern […]

Top Street Food of Penang

March 8, 2013

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The abundance of hawker cuisine in Penang meant that they are seldom cooked at home. Furthermore their preparations are usually laborious. KuKu would only cook on special occasions and to feed many mouths. On any other day she preferred to buy from the markets or hawkers. Although most hawker centres serve a variety of well-known […]

Does Size Matter?

March 5, 2013

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Penang boasts of some tourist attractions based on SIZE. It has the longest bridge in South East Asia (soon to be two) and one of the biggest statue of the reclining Buddha. The main attraction for me this trip home was the visit to the Kek Lok Si Temple and the Goddess of Mercy statue. […]