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Prawns in Oyster Sauce

March 29, 2013


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Many Faces of Tofu

January 23, 2013


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 […]

Mushroom meatballs

January 13, 2013


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


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 […]

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 […]