World On A Plate
Today is Chap Goh Mei, the 15th and final day of the Chinese New Year celebrations. This occasion is celebrated with greater prominence by certain quarters of the Chinese population. In the old days, Chap Goh Mei was equivalent to Valentine’s Day in the cities of the Straits Settlements comprising of Penang, Malacca, and Singapore. [...]
Spaghetti squash is a long oblong winter squash with a bright yellow rind. It actually looks more like a melon than a squash. The flesh is creamy yellow in color and solid when raw but falls away from the fruit in strands or ribbons like spaghetti when cooked. The best way to cook it is [...]
The fourth week of November is the beginning of the year-end holiday season. This year there is a special anticipation at our house because Ro-Taro (eldest son) will soon be home from college for Thanksgiving. You can be sure that I will be cooking up a storm in the next few days.
Soups have always been an important part of the Chinese food culture. They are considered as one of the most nutritious foods and are prepared on a daily basis as part of the meal. For many families, a meal is not complete without a soup. In fact, the Cantonese people often ask their loved ones [...]
In many parts of Asia, population density is high and the available school buildings are limited. Hence, the same facility is shared by two separate sessions, morning and afternoon to allow twice the number of classes available for the same school year. Children going to the morning session will start at 7:30am and end by [...]
In every language there are always some unique words that convey highly expressive notions about food and cultural nuances all at once. In the Malay language, rojak fulfills this down to a T. Blessed with an abundance of tropical fruits and vegetables, Malaysians often take a variety of ingredients and mix them together into a [...]
A long long time ago, the European and the Arabs used to call the Malay Archipelago the fabled Spice Islands. In fact, Portuguese apothecary Tome Pires who was in Malacca between 1512 to 1515 said, “Whoever is the lord of Malacca has his hand on the throat of Venice!” Such was the allure of the [...]