Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens….

Here are a few more of my favourite things! (ie. More eye candy for all you homesick Malaysians out there!)

The satay man in Kuala Lumpur (KL). All that satay just waiting to be grilled.


KL satay. This came with only a little bowl of satay (peanut) sauce. Back in the old days when I lived in Klang, you would get a big bowl! The ketupat (the cubes of rice in the foreground) also used to come wrapped up in coconut palm leaves...those were the days!

Wantan mee complete with pickled green chillis. Hubs loves this!

Ice kacang, one of my favourite desserts (seems like I'm saying "favourite" a lot here!). I was disappointed with this ice kacang. It was nothing like the ice kacang of my childhood which was full of red beans and attap chee, topped with shaved ice and completely drenched in condensed milk and syrup. This version was light on the condensed milk and syrup, had no attap chee and had a high ice to bean ratio!

Comfort food snacks from my childhood: assamboi (dried plum things) and picked green mangoes. The assamboi are the dried up shrivelled looking things. They're not pretty but I find them very more-ish!

I don’t know what these little biscuits are called but when I was a little girl, I loved them and my mum used to buy them all the time! I pigged out on them when I was in KL and then bounced around from all the sugar in the colourful toppings!


And last but not least, tropical fruits! Pure heaven!
Duku langsat

Rambutan
and my personal favourite, mangosteen!

I'm giving myself all these cravings by posting these photos! ;-)

38 comments:

  1. Great that I don't need to miss them now, they are out there, here. I had missed them for nearly 10years before. Truely, wonderful, delicious malaysian food.

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  2. wow!lucky you ...satay ... yum yum. I love those little biscuits too when I was little. But it is said to be very bad for teeths because of the icing. I remember my mom calling them 'Ice Cream biscuits' :) My mom still frown at me when I said 'mom, I want to buy a bit of those Ice-cream biscuits' and she will always say 'they are bad for your teeths.' :p

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  3. Yum! I'll take a bundle of satays, wantan mee, ice ka... actually I want all of it, including the sour plum. Can? ;)

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  4. welcome back wok&spoon. oh noooooo i loveeeeee all those foods. i really miss them so much. lucky u wok&spoon.

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  5. oh hey! where is DURIAN? *LOL*

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  6. those food made me homesick :(

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  7. i love ur post titles :)

    and i am one of the very few people among my friends who love satay.. the others dont like the peanut flavour.

    and mangosteen!! yummmmm.. i used to gorge these down back home in kerala :)

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  8. Oh goodness all those nice food, I envy you.The assambol, in my place we called it "kiamboi", salty and sweet,yumm.

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  9. u sure r generating cravings for urself & others....LOL
    those dried plum things, we get plenty of similar sour/sweet dried thingies back home, just thinking @ it makes my mouth water :)

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  10. wokandspoon,
    you made me crave for the food now! ahhhh! haha! The biscuits we called it belly button biscuits. hehe.

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  11. They are all my favourite things too. I think the biscuits are sugar gems as called by Garden biscuit company in HK. They do sell them here and in Aust (Chinese grocers).

    Did you use to have your satay at Taman Gembira (next to Convent Klang)? :) The nasi lemak there was the best too.

    Ooh, rambutans, langsat....MANGOSTEENS!! You are making envious!! :(

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  12. Oh, that was really interesting to see the Malaysian goodies. I was just struck by how your childhood comfort foods are so very foreign to me. I know, not very insightful. :P But then from the dried plums on down, those are all those I'm familiar with and my mouth just puckered up thinking of those plums and pickled mangoes!

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  13. I loveee all the food! Reminds me...I have not pigged out on satay the last time I went back to S'pore :(

    Hahha..those "provision shop" or "mama shop" biscuits....now I begin to know why the word "provision" and "mama" were used interchangeably. LOL!

    My fav "mama shop" biscuits are those that has a light thin crisp layer outside, "protecting" the wafer inside. And the wafer inside is usually durian-flavored!

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  14. Mmmm, chicken satay sounds delicious! I love the various dipping sauces they come with. And the cookies look delightful as well.

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  15. Even I will take those bunch of Satay's....well the others I never tasted them before but they are looking mouthwatering...great pics Fiona and tx for sharing those with us...still enjoying your tim-tams... cherishing like treasure, only 3 more to go..

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  16. I first had mangosteen when I visited southern China and I fell completely in love with it.

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  17. The little biscuits remembered me from my childhood. I like them all.

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  18. Big Boys Oven: You’re very lucky! Enjoy the food!

    Cooking Ninja: All that sugar is probably bad for teeth but it didn’t stop me ;-)

    EastMeetsWestKitchen: Ok – let me mail it to you! ;-)

    Isha: Thanks! I miss the food too! And yes, you know, I saw so much durian but I forgot to take a photo! Got too excited I think!

    Lia: Me too!

    Nags: Thx! I really love satay! But the problem is that overseas, “satay” can vary depending on where you eat it. Mangosteen is one of my favourite fruits as well!

    Everything4sweets: We used to call it kiamboi as well. And also “sengboi”.

    Richa: Hehe – yep – making myself hungry ;-) It’s interesting to see that the sour-salty-sweet tastes appeal to many people! Where’s “back home” for you?

    Kok: hehe – belly button biscuits! Hehe – that’s funny!

    Judy: Sugar gems sounds like the correct name for the biscuits. I’ve never noticed them in Asian grocers. I’ll have to look harder!

    And yes, we used to have satay and “ju hu eng chai” (sotong with kangkong) in Taman Gembira. But from memory, the Convent wasn’t in Taman Gembira.

    I’ve actually seen mangosteens in Asian shops but usually at some crazy price!

    WanderingC: What are your comfort foods? Those dried plum things seem to be quite popular for many people!

    Tigerfish: Hehe – all these different names for those little biscuits! But everyone recognizes them! Mmm – durian-flavoured wafers! Yum!

    Kelly: Can you get satay where you live?

    Padma: Hehe – ok – I’ll mail them to you! Glad to hear you’re still enjoying those TimTams!

    Amy: I love mangosteens! Wish they were common here.

    Retno: What did you call those little biscuits?

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  19. bon décidément, il faut vraiment que je retourne en asie ! Merci pour ces très jolies photos, cela me donne envie !! biz

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  20. Hehe, My comfort foods are all VNese, so of course Malaysian food would appear unfamiliar. ;)

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  21. Olivier : oui – il faut absolument que tu y retournes!

    WanderingC : What are your Vietnamese comfort foods? Share share share!

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  22. Umm, let's see, I love banh beo (steamed rice discs topped with shrimp), sup mang cua (crabmeat and asparagus soup), pho (beef noodle soup), cha gio (egg rolls), nem nuong (grilled pork patties), and of course, com ga Hai Nam (Hainanese chicken rice). :)

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  23. Oooh, those little biscuits were my childhood favorites too...I forgot the name too...they are the best...cry cry, nostalgic. :(

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  24. WanderingC : Banh beo sounds yummy – never had that before. Same goes with the sup mang cua, cha gio and nem nuong! I love pho and we also get the Hainanese chicken rice in Malaysia! Yum love that!

    RasaMalaysia: me neither – can’t remember what they’re called! And therefore I can't even google it!

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  25. Was goggle"ing" wantan mee as I was posting on it too and saw your link posting on it. hahaha...yup, you pretty much summed it up, "plenty" of most of our favourite things/food! LOL

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  26. WMW: Oooo - I just checked out your wantan mee post! such great drool-worthy photos!

    TBC: Thanks!

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  27. i can understand y overseas malaysian will miss this food because even if i'm right here in kl, i feel like eating them right away!

    i like the biscuits with colourful toppings, it reminds me of my childhood. nice one! :)

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  28. I got homesick suddenly by seeing those pictures

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  29. 'Navel biscuits' they're called - 'tou chee peng' in Cantonese - those colourful sugar-topped biskitz. I loved them too as a kid. ;-)

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  30. I miss all the fruits too. We have all that fruits in Thailand, and they are my favorite. You made me miss home.

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  31. Wenching&Esiong: Thanks for dropping by! You’re lucky you have that food on your doorstep!

    Andaliman: Thanks for dropping by as well. Me too – feeling homesick!

    Argus: My Chinese is terrible but isn’t “tou chee peng” a fairly crumbly biscuit with stuffed bean things ie. “tau sar piah”?

    Khunying: I love durians in Thailand! I even think they taste better than Malaysian durians!

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  32. OH you are making me homesick (hong kong)....

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  33. OMG, assamboi! :) well, we called them "sng buay" at home, literally "sour plum". yep, they are indeed more-ish! :) thanks for popping by! :) is carrot cake popular in Malaysia, too?

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  34. i like almost all of your food, especially satay, and Rambutan

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  35. Checkout the posts on mangosteen jam and coffee mangosteen cake posts of Marketman over at marketmanila.com

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  36. Ohhhhh .. you made me drool! Satay in Netherlands (the Indonesian way) is so tasteless compared to the one in your picture!!!

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  37. The cookies with the colorful tops remind me of Puerto Rico. I lived there for 5 years and those where the cookies I used to eat the most. I couldn't get enough of them. Besides, the factory that made cookies are in Puerto Rico. Now that I live in the US, I can get them at the local Hispanic grocery stores, but now I buy them once in a blue moon. They are yummy :) In Puerto Rico they are manufactured by the name of, "Florecitas" (little flowers).

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