No matter how long the holidays, they eventually come to an end. Today, Ro-Taro begins a new semester at college while Ro-Jiro goes back to school. Ro-Ri San started work last week after New Year’s Day and so he goes to work as usual. We have enjoyed the season and time spent together. Now, we [...]
Some of the more exotic tropical ingredients from the old country are just impossible to find here in Minnesota. Even in Malaysia these ingredients are becoming rare because they were never commercially grown but simply harvested from the wild. Increased urbanization has definitely taken a toll.
Spam Musubi is a ubiquitous snack and lunch food in the Aloha State comprising of a slice of Spam and a slab of rice wrapped together with nori in the form of Japanese omusubi. This creation is Hawaiian and yet curiously Minnesotan. Spam is made by Hormel and Hormel is based in Austin, Minnesota where [...]
Lobak is a deep fried minced pork roll wrapped in beancurd sheet. It has a crunchy exterior with a soft and chewy filling. On the island of Penang, lobak is often made at home by the Straits Chinese as one of the main dishes during festivals and celebrations. At the food courts, it is eaten [...]
Bak Kwa is a popular snack and gift during the Chinese New Year. These barbecued wafer thin pieces of sweet and salty pork jerky are simply irresistible.
Bak Kut Teh in the Hokkien or Fujianese dialect literally translates to pork rib tea. This rich herbal soup contains dong gui (Angelica Sinensis), known for its warming properties. For this reason, it is popularly eaten as a supper or late night meal in Malaysia and Singapore. Over here in Minnesota, I like to cook [...]
The temperature dipped to the twenties this past weekend and the snow came sooner than expected. We were out shopping at the mall when the snow started to fall. We quickly made our final purchases and scrambled home. Come Sunday morning, there were three inches of white pristine snow on the ground. We woke up [...]