Hi and welcome to my food blog! I started this blog as a place to keep track of all the food that I made. Food is my biggest passion in life – I love cooking and trying new things in the restaurants. Many times, I would find ways to recreate food that I saw on TV, books, and magazines in my own kitchen, even if I have not had them before. See, I used to be an engineering major before I switched to economics. So, there’s always this side of me that wants to break down the flavors and re-engineer them to perfection.
Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I have been living in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A since 2002. Food is really a huge part of the Malaysian culture; many of my memories as a child and an adult are food related in many different ways. Once in a while, I would have some major flashback on a particular dish that got stuck in my mind. I would faintly remember the event or the people in it, or even the ingredients that made up the dish. But boy, that taste would be at the tip of my tongue – so called presque goûté. So, much of my time are spent in the kitchen recreating that one memory.
Well, unfortunately, Malaysian restaurants are scarce in the midwest and many of them are not very authentic. Therefore, the next best solution is to make things from scratch. It may take a long time but if the flavors hit the right spot, it’s well worth it! Imagine hitting that one moment that makes you go, “That’s exactly how it tasted 10 years ago!”; I think that’s really powerful when one is able to invoke that feeling or memories that is long lost. Having said that, this blog is not just about Malaysian food. It’s ultimately about creating a culinary experience. So I will be featuring plenty of food from Chicago and around the world.
I’ve browse through quite a number of food blogs and I am impressed with the quality of food and pictures that were featured. Of course, this often requires a high quality camera and the right set of kitchen tools. I only have an old Sony point and shoot and some basic kitchen gadgets. Heck, I don’t even have a potato masher. I once had to mash them using the bottom of a glass and I had to use a wrapped up wine bottle as a rolling pin to make croissants! While I am scavenging for tools to be added to my collection if and when I can afford it, I will try to make the best out of what I have.
Update 1 (Jan 2, 2012): I decided to quit my day job to pursue a culinary career. I am currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and will be attending culinary school for one year.
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