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Rainbow Kuih Lapis

By • Jan 18th, 2013 • Category: From My Mother's Kitchen

And just like that, this blog is ALIVEEEEEEE! It has been so long since I blogged that I’d forgotten the process i.e. resizing, uploading, cropping etc.. Gosh, is it already 2013? I was telling friends that I blinked and it was November 2012. A sneeze later and it’s January. It’s totally insane how time is […]



Chili Pan Mee

By • Jun 16th, 2011 • Category: From My Mother's Kitchen

The power of suggestion should never be underestimated. This dish was inspired by a friend’s continuous post on Facebook about her obsession for chili pan mee. Although I have never tasted the spicy version, I know the original flavour well enough. Pan mee is a fresh noodle dish in Malaysia. In Hokkien, we call it, […]



Pork Korma with Sweet Potato

By • Apr 5th, 2011 • Category: From My Mother's Kitchen

I enjoy reading food blogs and trying new recipes. I’m constantly surprised at how easy it is in fact to make something. I would have been too intimidated to make it in the past but food blogs demystifies things for me. Food blogs, I’m eternally grateful. G. and I were having a discussion last Saturday […]



Ayam Masak Merah

By • Mar 27th, 2011 • Category: From My Mother's Kitchen

I have a huuuuuuuuuuggggeee weakness for ayam masak merah, which is chicken coated in a rich, tomato and honey sauce. Culturally in Malaysia, it is a Malay dish and they certainly do it very, very well. Whenever my parents dragged us to a Malay wedding, the only thing I look forward to is this dish […]



Potato Salmon Cakes

By • Mar 4th, 2011 • Category: From My Mother's Kitchen

My mom used to make these for us when we were kids. Of course back then we didn’t use salmon (too pricey), mom would scrape the flesh off the bones of a fish and combine it with an egg and potatoes to make fish cakes. Being a working mother, she didn’t really have time to […]



Taro Cake

By • Jul 7th, 2010 • Category: From My Mother's Kitchen

Making taro cake reminds me of when the women-folk in my family come together and chatter. My grandmother would be there, along with my mother’s sisters, and together they would do whatever women do best in a group – gossip. Someone would always bring up the past, and they would reminiscent of good and tough […]



Cucur Udang

By • Jun 26th, 2010 • Category: From My Mother's Kitchen

These days (weeks, months) the first thing I do when I wake up is check my email and sign into Facebook. I don’t even get up to go to the bathroom or have breakfast; I just reach out for my laptop. I’ve come to realize that it’s an addiction. If I’m not at work, I […]



Ginger & Garlic Paste

By • May 25th, 2010 • Category: From My Mother's Kitchen

This paste is just as useful in Chinese cooking as sambal (chili paste in Malaysian cooking) or tomato paste in Italian cooking. You can put this on fish or poultry, rice and noodle; and then invent new ways to use it. Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet […]



Coffee & Chat with Lily

By • Apr 26th, 2010 • Category: From My Mother's Kitchen

After my kaya experiment, Lily from Lily’s Wai Sek Hong got in contact with me to thank me for the kind words I’d mentioned in the post. I nearly choked on my coffee when I looked at my inbox. Lily. The Queen. of. Malaysian foodblogs. Yes, the one I said, quote and unquote, ‘created the […]



Kuih Serimuka

By • Apr 23rd, 2010 • Category: From My Mother's Kitchen

You know it’s really funny how apologetic people feel when they haven’t been updating their blog. For instance, whenever I haven’t blogged for let’s say a week or more, I start feeling a deep sense of guilt. As though I have let people down. And with some certainty, feel that they will never.ever. return to […]