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The Pearl Kitchen Celebrates Mothers Day

May 12, 2013


Today is Mothers Day in Australia and in Malaysia. It reminds me of why I started The Pearl Kitchen, to thank the woman that has given me so much. Whilst KuKu wasn’t the person who gave me life, she did provide me with LIFE. For that I will eternally be grateful. If you were wondering […]

Conquering the Beast

March 19, 2013


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 […]

Hawkers Delight

February 20, 2013


It has become a ritual for my sister and her husband to take KuKu and myself out to supper during our annual reunion. I had been eager to get to the night market and soak up the red lantern in its magic life of fire. Seeing KuKu again would always be top billing on this […]

The Water Snake Slithers In

February 10, 2013


As most of you are aware of, I am on my annual trip back to visit my family in Penang. Today we at the Pearl Kitchen ushered in the new year, and for the first time I am staying with both my KuKu and my parents under one roof. The dynamics of relationships that have […]

Rise of the Kok Women

February 6, 2013


The story below continues from here. For my grandfather, the shock of war might as well have been fatal. His fortune now won and lost, he never spoke again – retreating forever into a place within himself. Merely surviving the Nian was not a fortune he could live with. To ensure our livelihood, street-vending became […]

Survivors of War

January 7, 2013


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 […]

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 […]