Category Archives: How to Eat

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Battle of the Fragrant Biscuits #2

Heading back up to Ipoh in March this year, I acquired another batch of heong peah to attempt another battle. It’s been six years since the first. The contestants in this round are Sin Eng Hoe, Sin Eng Heong, Lam Fong and Ching Han Guan. Are Eng Hoe and Eng Heong related? Who knows? We’re […]

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Joy in a Sandwich Stack

There are not many exceptional experiences one can talk about when one eats at a fast food restaurant. There is that basic requirement that the food tastes consistent. A large food chain like McDonald’s fails every day from outlet to outlet. You’ve tasted it before. Fries that have been left out too long, too cold, […]

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Chicken Biscuit fight

There’s another famous biscuit that comes from Perak, and it’s the chicken biscuit. It contains zero real chicken, but has all the beauty of chicken flavouring. It also contains nam yu, a type of red coloured fermented bean curd, sesame seeds, sugar, maltose, winter melon, spices and a healthy dose of lard. It’s a far […]

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Battle of the Fragrant Biscuits

Heong Peah, Heong Peng, Pong Peah, Biskut Wangi – whatever way you call it, it means fragrant biscuit and it refers to the flaky local biscuit that’s filled with a sticky, chewy filling of maltose, onions and sesame seeds. In Ipoh, famous for its heong peah, there are plenty of brands and it’s not always […]

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Malaysian and Taiwanese Beef Jerky

I love beef jerky. Dried meat, full of concentrated beef flavour and just enough herbs and spices to enhance the flavour. On my recent trips to the US, I had the opportunity to have not just beef jerky, but elk, bison and other exotic meats. Elk, while more gamey made a jucier jerky. While the […]

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Lunar New Year Yu Sheng dish

This being the 15th and last day of the Lunar New Year, I thought it’d be good to talk about the wonderful dish of Yu Sheng, Yee Sang, Lo Hei, or whatever else you may call it. To me, it’s always been a special treat to have the dish, best described as a raw fish […]

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Enjoy root beer the right way

When I see root beer offered on a menu in Singapore, I always ask, “Is it served with ice?” I already know the answer, but still I ask, in the hope that someone will give me the right answer, and I can have the pleasure of enjoying a root beer at a cafe. A long […]

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