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Dragonfruit

I caved in recently and bought a single dragonfruit from my local supermarket. I saw it at the entrance where there was a fruit display that sat separately from the rest of the fresh produce. It had been hastily decorated, enough that you could recognise …

Bref by Darren Chin, Malaysia

Malaysia’s best food can traditionally be found at our hawker centres and in the form of street food but the tide is most certainly turning with the rise in modern dining. I’ve written about Dewakan in the past, a hero – by way of being …

Yokohama, Tokyo

January 1st this year, my mom called me asking why I hadn’t wished her or my stepdad Happy New Year. It seems like a no brainer but I guess I didn’t and have never really thought of the (western) New Year as a significant day. …

ただいま

Have you ever arrived somewhere, only to realise that you have some place else to be? A doctors appointment, a friend’s birthday drinks or a child you were meant to pick up from school half an hour ago (oops). For the last two years in …

Kikubari, Malaysia

‘Ki’ (気) is defined as ‘mind’ or spirit’ while ‘Kubari’ (配り) means ‘distribution’ or ‘delivery’, the closest translation in English would be the ‘to pay attention to others’. Combined, they birth Kikubari, a heavily nuanced Japanese phrase that’s literally ‘to pay attention to others’ but …

Week 4

It’s been four years since Ah Chor (my great grandmother) passed away and I think my maternal side of the family has finally gotten into the rhythm of celebrating Chinese New Year without her. I had a really enjoyable but short trip this year. Touching …

Breakfast Thieves, APW Bangsar

Australians love their brunch food, so much that brunch itself is a likely strong contender in our relentless journey in defining what ‘Australian cuisine’ really is. For this reason it’s hard to find a comparably good cafe feed in Malaysia, it’s simply not an even playing field …

Dewakan, Malaysia

I spent last month traversing through various parts of Europe. This leave from work should explain both my recently freed up time to start posting on the blog again and also the fact that each post was a backlog from meals had up to eight …

Reunion Dinner (Chinese New Year 2016)

Haven’t been home for Chinese New Year since 2013 so I was really happy to be back! You don’t know you’re homesick until you see the insane amount of food your family consume in just a few days plus getting to see extended family and …

Cafe Rumah, Surry Hills

The JB Special $6, Yuzu drink $6 I’ve pretty much resigned to the fact that I will never get my real deal Malaysian food in Sydney. Admittedly I’ve stopped trying so if there is a new joint that professes to provide authenticity, it’s likely I …