The boiling aromatic pot of tender soft bak kut (pork ribs) simmering in hot claypot and spices, bak kut teh in Penang is not as well-known as Klang but unsurprisingly, it is one of the hawker foods that locals have enjoyed for breakfast and supper. Bak kut teh will keep your tummies warm and cravings satisfied. Bak kut teh literally means Pork bone tea soup and is a Chinese herbal soup dish believed to be introduced into Malaysia in the 19th… Read More »Bak Kut Teh
Hong bak is one of the rare dishes that are hard to find outside. It is a traditional Nyonya dish that is mostly found in Nyonya homes. This is a braised pork belly dish with a distinctive flavour due to the use of sand ginger (cekur) in the recipe. It is a dish often reserved for special occasions and celebrations.
They look exactly like the common rice vermicelli, except for its softer, more fragile texture. It may seem plain and tasteless looking coils of white rice noodles but do not underestimate this addictive delicacy. The Putu Mayong, sometimes also known as Putu Mayam, used to be sold by travelling vendors on pushcarts, and even bicycles in recent times. The Putu Mayong’s origin can be traced back to Southern India where it is also known as string hoppers. This simple dish… Read More »Putu Mayong
One of the easiest one-pot meals is chicken stew. This is the ultimate in comfort food and it is easy to prepare too. Best of all, you can eat it on its own or with some soft warm bread or fluffy steamed white rice. Perfect for a lazy weekend or during cold rainy days.
When it comes to noodle for breakfast, most of the time children will ask for Wanton Mee. It is children all time favourite. It has the sweet with slight salt and chewy noodle. Wanton Mee is a delicious serving of noodles in either dry or soup version. The dry version uses a dark soy base while the soup traditionally comes with chicken or pork broth. The ubiquitous wanton noodles is a common hawker fare that is simple in its preparation,… Read More »Wanton Mee
Cockles are now very hard to find in the markets due to dwindling harvests. However, sometimes we can find some of it still available in markets near the coastal areas, often sold my fishermen. This mollusc is a local delicacy and due to its unique metallic taste, some people may not like it. However, cockles can taste really good if prepared with some local spices and herbs. Try this recipe out and you may learn to love cockles yet.
This is another pork soup with vermicelli but with a different twist. Bak Kee th’ng (Starched Pork Soup) vermicelli is a soup of deep fried pork slices in starchy soup with garlic and cabbage. An authentic Hokkien cuisine which is becoming less and hard to find, and many people are more familiar with oh mee (oyster noodle) then the bak kee vermicelli soup. It is not mere plain pork meat balls or plain minced pork but seasoned minced pork dipped… Read More »Bak Kee vermicelli
This is an Eurasian dish that can only be found in Eurasian homes or at an Eurasian food festival. The ingredients are rather simple and easy to prepare but it is really big in flavours and hits the spot perfectly. There are different versions to this dish and each family prepared it in their own way and style but the one constant is that it has a nice tangy flavour due to the use of tamarind in the recipe.