Embracing the plant-based lifestyle in Malaysia

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Tang Yuan (Glutinous Rice Balls with Sesame Paste Filling)

Tang Yuan (Glutinous Rice Balls with Sesame Paste Filling)

With Chinese New Year around the corner, feasting season is creeping in on us once more. Food made with love is most often food made with patience. One such food is Tang Yuan (or Tong Yuan). This carefully-handmade Chinese dessert signifies unity and happiness, and […]

Herbal Hot Pot (‘Tak’ Kut Teh)

Herbal Hot Pot (‘Tak’ Kut Teh)

If you’ve grown up as a Chinese kid in Malaysia, no doubt you would have been exposed to the pride and joy of Malaysian Chinese gastronomic culture known as Bak Kut Teh. Directly translated as ‘Meat Bone Tea’, Bak Kut Teh is a traditional broth […]

Glutinous Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

Glutinous Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

One of my favourite Dim Sum dishes growing up was ‘Lo Mai Gai’, which is steamed glutinous rice with chicken. It is traditionally cooked in lotus leaf, but my fond memories of it always involved a dish made of foil. You’d turn the dish upside […]

Cafe Scouting: Welcome Vegetarian Cafe

Cafe Scouting: Welcome Vegetarian Cafe

With its peculiar but charming name, Welcome Vegetarian specializes in ‘Chap Fan’ (pronounced Ch-ah-p F-ah-n), or ‘Mixed Rice’, a self-service dining concept where you are given a plate of rice, and you line up along a row of dishes, picking whatever you wish to go […]

Luffa with Corn, Shiitake and Glass Noodles

Luffa with Corn, Shiitake and Glass Noodles

Luffa is one of those vegetables that I’ve been eating occasionally, without ever really knowing what it actually is. Ironically, I’ve also been passing by it regularly in the local markets, without knowing that it was luffa! My recent discovery of what it was, buying […]