Fried Kway Teow

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

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Posted on 14th Jun 2013 in Food and Drink, Fun, Musings  |  2 comments

Parochialism has no place in a global context


There’s a rather lively discussion on Facebook. It started when I was linked to Robyn Eckhart’s Eating Asia blog entry: “George Town: The State of the (Our) Stomach(s)” by alert reader, Umami.

There are a few write-ups and blog entries in the discussion, so I’ll include them here:

Anyway, I’ve read Ms. Eckhart’s blog entries and the article and after reading them, I’ve summarized these main points:

  1. Ms Eckhart objects to Seetoh’s proposal of the Singaporean Street Food Evolution as a model for the world to follow.
  2. There is too much celebrity and maleness in the Council.
  3. If you’re contemplating a street food-fueled tour of southeast Asia you’d be crazy to skip Penang. And oh yes,
  4. Ms. Eckhart did not attend the World Street Food Congress 2013 because of prior plans and she writes for publications that do not accept free food or lodgings.

Dramatics aside, I agree with Ms. Eckhart’s points, however I feel that they do not tell the whole story.

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Posted on 13th Jun 2013 in Food and Drink, Musings  |  5 comments

Regarding fat, protein and carbohydrates (or what you know about the Food Pyramid may be wrong)

Caster Sugar

Very often we hear catchphrases and slogans repeated everywhere: “Complex carbohydrates is better than simple carbohydrates”, “Fat is bad for you”, “Drink more milk”, “Follow the Food Pyramid” or “Eat less sugar” and “Eat more whole grains”. It is almost like a catechism drill.

However, if I remember anything from my secondary school (middle school, junior high equivalent) Organic Chemistry lessons, these catchphrases are confusing starting with the definition of “Carbohydrate”.

This is a cause for concern for me because I would have to ask if we’re not slowly poisoning ourselves because of poorly remembered or misunderstood scientific terms and processes?

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Posted on 29th Apr 2013 in Food and Drink, Musings  |  9 comments

Regarding marinades, dry and wet rubs


Long long ago, it was a terrible time for meat. The quality was poor and refrigeration wasn’t invented yet. So one of the ways to preserve meat and make it taste (or mask the spoilage) better was the application of marinades or spice rubs.

These days with food spoilage is less of an issue and the use of marinades and rubs have been reduced to making the food taste better. So here’s the rub: when do you use a marinade, a dry rub or a wet rub or do you really need these at all?

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Posted on 9th Apr 2013 in Food and Drink, Meat, Musings  |  Comments off

My Bloody Valentine (or A Song of Fire and Knives)

First Lunch Party 2013

When you read a food blog or an article on food or watch a food programme, it is inevitable you will encounter the phrase “he cooks with his heart” or “he cooks with love”. It appears so often that it is become a cliche.

So what does it mean to cook with love?

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Posted on 14th Feb 2013 in Musings  |  Comments off

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