Chinatown + Snow Fungus Soup for a Sweet Lunar New Year

Chinatown + Snow Fungus Soup for a Sweet Lunar New Year

There's a joke among Malaysians that we'll travel far and wide for food, and that includes speed driving across town for that special plate of char kway teow during our workday lunch break or making a road trip out of an intense desire for laksa on the island of Penang. That habit is a persistent one and even after relocating to the US, my husband and I often find ourselves making the hour-long drive to Oakland for our favorite Malaysian restaurant in the SF Bay Area. And because the restaurant is located in Chinatown, we get to kill two birds with one stone: eating and shopping!

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Asian Kitchen + Jujube Tea with Cacao Nibs

Asian Kitchen + Jujube Tea with Cacao Nibs

I'm happy to report we're settling in nicely at our new place, but the work is not done. My project for March (can you believe March is right around the corner?!) is the kitchen. I asked myself what are the essential ingredients and tools for cooking with a twist of Asian flavor no matter where I am in the world. And I made a list of key items, which I am excited to write about in the coming weeks. 

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Brown Rice Porridge with Toppings (Teochew Style)

Brown Rice Porridge with Toppings (Teochew Style)

I started the year balancing on a tall wooden ladder, old but fortunately not rickety, while scraping the walls of our new kitchen to prepare them for a fresh coat of paint. January has been filled with renovation work around the house, and I haven't the time to muse about the new year, which is nice for a change.

If I've learned anything from the Januarys behind me, it's that successful transitions do not necessarily call for a set plan of action but are oftentimes a confident work in progress. I did find the time, however, to make a big pot of rice porridge, which thankfully stretched into several customisable, ready-made meals.

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Homemade Soy Milk + Goji Berry Granola

Homemade Soy Milk + Goji Berry Granola

It's here, finally. Twenty-sixteen has dropped in on us, and there's no turning back. We made plans to move out of our current place by the end of last year, and should be standing in our new apartment right now contemplating the mighty rays of sunlight coming in through the kitchen window. But we are still in the process of cleaning, fixing and painting the new place, as plans have their way of changing course on us, unlike time's forward motion, which I knew I could count on to show up. So we wise up and learn to rely on its constancy: go with the flow, seize the moment, live life to the fullest, ah yes, don't oversleep and never miss breakfast.  

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