Malaysian food from Malaysiajao

Last week I had taken my family to the Malaysian Food Festival at the Trident because I knew I would ‘t be able to take them with me to Malaysia. Yes, earlier this year I participated in the Malaysiajao competition sponsored by  Blogadda in conjunction with the Malaysian Tourism Board which offered an all expenses paid trip to the 10 best entries. Little did I know then that I would be among the lucky winners!

This morning I was invited to the Malaysian Tourism Office to meet my co-travellers – a bunch of enthusiastic women – and will be off tomorrow night for a holiday of a life time.

We were given a brief talk on what to expect on this trip – the kind of food that we could get to eat and the places we’d get to visit.

My food adventures will begin right from the Malaysian Airways flight which offers 20 special meals for passengers with religious, medical or dietary restrictions.

Their Chef on Call is a special service for their First and Business class passengers while their MH Gourmet is a special add on to their Economy Class Menus ( for only an additional 70 RM).

Watch  this space for my adventures in Malaysian Food Land as I explore this fascinating cuisine at fine dining restaurants and street stalls and give you the low down on what to eat and what to not.

Memories are made of these: lazy lunches with friends and gossip on verandahs

In case any of you have been following my blog you will realise that I have been pretty erratic of late – almost negligent of writing and updating my blog. But no, I have been pretty active behind the scenes.

With my house being totally refurbished , I thought it was time to also refurbish my blog and have been spending the last few weeks trying to tweak it and upgrade it. In the meanwhile, I have continued to eat and create food memories that I’d like to share.

Last week I had the most pleasurable experience spending the day with my dear school friend N. She has the quaintest house , replete with fascinating memorabilia and keepsakes gathered over several generations and sourced from various continents. Prominent among her treasures are antiques from South East Asia where her ancestors had strong trade connections.

I had taken my grandson P with me and it was an experience he thoroughly enjoyed especially when she brought out her sons’ twenty year old dinosaurs to play with!

N’s meals are a delight with her passion for cooking and she’d cooked up a storm with chicken and meat. Her dishes are simple replete with taste, spiced every so lightly with pepper and salt, turmeric, garlic and ginger, a coconut ground finely to make up the base. P chomped away happily especially thrilled with her Lazy Susan that he spun round and round, fascinated with the dishes that sped past him.

A sweet potato salad with yoghurt and dill, melt in your mouth mutton chops with a tamarind based sauce, white chicken curry and chapati and rice…a simple meal served with a great deal of affection.

We wound up the meal and spent the rest of the afternoon lounging in her verandah, catching up with news. It was relaxed entertaining , the best kind really when host and guests enjoy each moment, relishing each story that unfolds.

Afternoon Tea

I remember going to tea parties when I was a little girl  dressed in a pretty frilly frock holding my brother’s hand to make sure he didn’t grab the biscuits off the plate. Yes, those were the days when biscuits were not cookies and tea was served in cups.

Tea parties were generally held late afternoon at around 4 p.m either on a verandah, a grassy lawn or a dining table, with sandwiches, assorted pastries, scones, breads and sometimes fruity treats like stewed peaches or fresh strawberries served with whipped cream. For us children there was hot chocolate or iced tea or may be a fruit punch if the hostess was too adventurous but what we longed for was that cup of tea served ever so elegantly out of the tea pot  hidden under an embroidered tea cozy. 
Indeed, the tea party and its accoutrements are memories of a bye gone era recently revived by the girls in our home this past Saturday.  With the half a century old tea set resurrected from the cupboard, the girls whipped up a spread of home made assorted cupcakes, cheese straws, chicken puffs and gourmet sandwiches. Bright pink and orange gerberas placed in a ceramic tea pot graced our table while the guests enjoyed a leisurely afternoon drinking cups of Assam tea .
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