#EatLikeALocal: The Battle of Soy Sauce vs Fish Sauce

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I was never any good at cooking until I relocate to Bangkok. I only started cooking there, with D’s encouragement and we now take turns to cook.

My mum cooked us meal after meal year after year after year … far more meals than I’ve ever cooked for her. I told myself to repay her efforts by cooking her (more) meals.

I managed to do so tonight. Yay! I cooked tonight, despite her protest that she has not cooked me dinner for a long time. 

In Bangkok, I have the option of using either fish sauce or light soy sauce, a ‘marriage’ of Thai ingredient and Chinese ingredient! Fish sauce is used in Thai cooking, like light soy sauce in Chinese cooking. 

Thai cooking relies on fish sauce heavily. Our bottle of fish sauce definitely finishes faster! I am already used to fish sauce’s taste from my short stint in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. In fact, I missed fish sauce soo much after I left Vietnam, so pretty happy with the ‘salty-licious reunion’.

But back home in KL, light soy sauce is my only option, being the most essential ingredient in Chinese cooking. Sometimes, we also add dark soy sauce to add colour and flavour. So, that simplifies cooking for me.  

We had three dishes and one soup (三菜一汤), a typical portion of a Chinese meal. 

Dark soy sauce used for pork, see darker colour vs. the vege dishes

#EatLikeALocal: Midnight ‘Mamak’ Supper, That’s What Malaysians Do

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12.10am, and I got invited to supper by my younger brother and his wife. No, I don’t usually eat supper. But since I am home and did not manage to catch up with them on my last trip, why not?  

Let’s go the mamak (stall) …. food is cheap, and you can even walk in with your pyjamas (I changed to t-shirt and short lah).

 

Source: Wikipedia

  

Line of cars …

  

Packed with supper crowd


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#EatLikeALocal: Chinese and Their ‘Fishy’ Meal

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I just had a Chinese dinner with my mum, brother and an uncle who is staying over for few nights after his eye cataract surgery. 

My brother drove us to Restaurant Ah Soon, at Desa Aman, Sungai Buloh. A neighbourhood that I never know of its existence until today. This restaurant is famous for its chinese-style steamed fish.

 

   
Chinese people in general love to eat “steamed whole fish”, with bones, head and tail. The ‘real’ Chinese-fish-expert eats the fish head, sucking out all the juices and meat from the nooks and cranny, including the eyeballs. I personally think that eating fish eyes is absolutely disgusting. 

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#EatLikeALocal: A date with Queen of Bee

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Queen of Bee (Photo credit: Her Majesty The Queen herself)


I am back in KL after spending a month in Bangkok. Since it was just a short time away, I don’t have my usual local food cravings.

Had a last-minute lunch date with Queen of Bee today. I took this opportunity to introduce some of my favourite food joints at Damansara Uptown (also known as Damansara Utama): Fat Spoon and Swich Cafe.

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#EatLikeALocal: Thai People Love Their Japanese Food

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This blog is not meant to be a foodie blog. The food-related post is meant to clear the general misconceptions that Thailand is about tomyum, pad thai or whatever that you read on a travel guidebook. If you are a frequent traveler here, do try other local favourites. And if you are a foreigner living in the kingdom, I hope the #EatLikeALocal series help you to venture away from farang (foreigner) restaurants, to local neighbourhood food joints.

Most local food blogs are in Thai, so I thought perhaps there is lack of information in English for foreigners. 

One thing for sure, cleanliness in these local neighbourhood food joints are not up to standard. Some fare better than the others. It might not give you food poisoning, but eat at your own risk lah.

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#EatLikeALocal: Thai people and their love for buffet

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I kid you not. Thai people love all you-can-eat buffet. Observe the long queue in the shopping mall, of people waiting to get in to those chain buffet restaurants. 

Today D and I had impromptu lunch at KimJu Korean Royal Cuisine at Union Mall. There’s nothing royal / grand about this place,  just a normal Korean chain restaurant with branches everywhere. The food is okay and not too expensive, and it has both a la carte as well as buffet menu. Being a picky-kimchi eater, the kimchi here has my seal of approval, so this is a plus point.

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#EatLikeALocal: Swensen’s Thailand Mango Oak-Rong-Thong (มะม่วงอกร่องทอง) Ice cream

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It’s raining mangoes in Thailand now. Mango overload everyday!

Swensen’s Thailand has ‘mango oak-rong-thong’ ice cream for a limited time during this summer season. You can even add pandan sticky rice, 40 baht per serving to go with your ice cream.

Summer is here, keep calm and have a mango … or a scoop of mango ice cream!

Opted for budget version, one scoop 50 baht + sticky rice