Traditional Tiffin Take-Away

I spotted these beautiful tiffin carriers that used to be a common sight in most Malaysian kitchens at one time. Unlike the stainless-steel Indian tiffin carriers, the Malaysian version is usually in plain pastel colours or adorned with beautiful motifs – usually flowers. I’m not entirely sure, but I think these originate from the kitchens…

Thin: Tea-time treat

Tea-time is a big deal in my family home. My mum and our neighbours used to team up to bake, steam or cook up a variety of delicious sweet and savoury afternoon snacks and delicacies. Us kids used to be the guinea pigs for experimental cookouts – we didn’t complain very much until we grew…

Food Trail: Kelantan

Kelantan, previously a territory of the Siamese empire is probably one of the most underrated food destination in Malaysia and is usually given a miss by most tourists – including Malaysian travellers. It’s close proximity to Thailand in the north gives the local cuisine a different taste and aromatic twist compared to other parts of…

Identical: Piping Hot Sweet Treat

On a recent trip to Mentakab, a town in the state of Pahang, two hours away from Kuala Lumpur, we stumbled upon a roadside stall selling one of our favourite local tea-time snack – the ‘Akok’. This traditional cake is more commonly found in the east coast states of Kelantan and Terengganu in Peninsular Malaysia,…

Festive Fun: Christmas Markets: Zurich

About time last year, we were wandering around the Christmas markets in Munich and Prague. Thus, when my cousin Patricia sent me some pictures of her outdoor Christmas Market discoveries in various parts of Zurich in Switzerland – where she is currently on  assignment, I bugged her for more. There is nothing quite like the…

Food Trail: Macau

Macau’s colourful colonial past and place as a thriving port city has over the last few decades been overtaken by rapid development, which paved the way for the construction of opulent hotels and casinos, and swanky shopping centres offering tourist and locals an array of branded products. This last European colony of the Far East…