Tantalizing Delights


Malaysian Food Favourites – Fried Rice [MFF1]

Malaysian Food Favourites – Fried Rice [MFF1]

A few years ago, when the Stebbins family were staying in Penang, Eric and his wife Maggie wanted their children to try as much of Penang food as possible. He didn’t want his family to end up going to McDonalds’ by default just because they weren’t familiar with the ingredients used in local dishes. So, I had dinner with Eric’s family quite often, taking them out to the hawker centres and kopitiam, and many times, Eric’s children asked for fried rice, sometimes even when there was none!
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Malaysian Food Favourites – Penang Hokkien Mee [MFF2]

Malaysian Food Favourites – Penang Hokkien Mee [MFF2]

“Now, here is a man who really respects food”, my brother says one morning as he, my mother and I were having brunch at Kafe Khoon Hian, opposite the former Federal Cinema on Jalan Dato’ Keramat, Penang.
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Malaysian Food Favourites – Indian Kuih [MFF3]

Malaysian Food Favourites – Indian Kuih [MFF3]

There are so many Indian snacks, ranging from nuts and chips to candy and traditional Indian muruku, and then there are those which are great for a little bite at tea-time, although they are also great for an after dinner snack, too. I was buying muruku in Little India when I felt a little peckish and decided to get some of these snacks. It was very convenient, as there is a little stall right next to the muruku stall at the corner of King Street and Market Street.
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Indian Snacks – Muruku

Indian Snacks – Muruku

My siblings and I had our first bite of crispy, crunchy muruku when we visited our nanny Letchumi’s family during the Indian celebration of Deepavali when we were really little; I was just starting school, my sister was in kindergarten and our brother was little more than a toddler – with really sharp little teeth.
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Chinese Dumplings – Chang

Chinese Dumplings – Chang

Once upon a time in old China, there was an official who was much loved by the people for his integrity, principles and fight against corruption in the government. This honest, upright official was said to have gone to the top of a mountain where he composed a poem lamenting the rampant corrupted practices in China, and after that, threw himself off the mountain and into the river below.
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Tok-Tok Mee @ Wantan Mee at BB Cafe

Tok-Tok Mee @ Wantan Mee at BB Cafe

There was a time when I would not eat Wantan Mee (pronounced “one tonne mee”) for anything in the world. I don’t remember how it started or why I didn’t want to eat it, but I think that phase lasted for about 5 – 8 years, until I was about 15 years old. I don’t remember disliking it as a child but I stopped eating it, and convinced myself I didn’t want to eat it.
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