One of the most evocative aromas associated with the Chinese convenience stores in Malaysian shopping malls is the scent of tea eggs being cooked in a rice cooker. Strangely enough this popular snack cannot be found as street food or local cafes. It is fully and truly the monopoly of these stores who also sell [...]
Every year after the Thanksgiving turkey dinner, Ro-Jiro would drop hints about a follow up dish in the form of a pot pie using the leftover turkey. I usually oblige him but with the most recent Thanksgiving, I used up the meat for this Turkey Congee. For that reason he was not able to get [...]
Ro-Ri San has been travelling quite a bit lately. His most recent business trip took him to Italy. He managed to squeeze a weekend in Rome into his tight schedule. I wish I could have joined him but Ro-Jiro is still a minor and school is in session. Perhaps I will do that the next [...]
How quickly the seasons and the days go by. It seems like we just celebrated Christmas and the New Year. Then came the Chinese New Year and now it is Valentine’s Day. Never a dull moment. The holidays and festivities keep us busy all year long.
Fah Sung Thong when translated literally means peanut candy. This simple yet delicious candy is another childhood favorite that I took for granted. They were inexpensive and readily available. Mom had contacts and knew where to purchase freshly made ones for the holidays and festivities. These were made by friends in small batches and were [...]
A long weekend with an Arctic Clipper descending upon the Upper Midwest calls for battening down the hatches by staying indoors and baking scones to go with tea. This Clipper brought an arctic cold front with sub zero temperatures and strong northwest winds to the region on Saturday night. The temperature fell rapidly from positive [...]
Avocado is one of those fruits I did not taste until much later in life. It was not a fruit easily available in Malaysia and I only remember seeing it once in a supermarket. There was a placard stuck in the bin informing shoppers on how to prepare this strange looking fruit. I was still [...]