Tag: Vegetables

Popiah (Fresh Spring Rolls)

Popiah (Fresh Spring Rolls)

My family loves popiah—Nyonya fresh spring rolls with shredded jicama, shrimp and/or pork, plus diced bean curd wrapped with fresh popiah skin. In many Strait Chinese or Nyonya households, making and eating popiah is a much celebrated family ritual where all family members come together, preparing, rolling, and eating this scrumptious food. I can remember many occasions when my family…

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Chai Buey

Chai Buey

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Chinese New Year reunion dinner and a festive and fun celebration for the first few days of Chinese New Year. I looooove Chinese New Year, it’s the occasion that brings family and friends together, and it’s a tradition that reminds all Chinese of our root, culture, and civilization. Never mind the obnoxiously loud…

Sambal Okra (Sambal Lady’s Fingers)

Sambal Okra (Sambal Lady’s Fingers)

Before I came to the United States, I’d known okra as lady’s fingers. I was in primary school in Malaysia when my English teacher first taught us the name of the different vegetables. The strange and awkward name of lady’s fingers deeply imprinted in my mind even though I didn’t like them back then. In high school, I slowly learned…

Acar Recipe (Acar Awak)

Acar Recipe (Acar Awak)

Nyonya loves pickled vegetables of all kinds. So, there is no surprise that my family in Penang is partial to pickled or preserved foods—vegetables, fish stomach (perut ikan), and cincaluk (preserved baby shrimp). Grandmother was a huge fan of pickled Nyonya dishes. I grew up watching her and my aunt making lots of acar (also called acar awak) or pickled…

Jiu Hu Char (Fried Jicama/Yambean with Shredded Cuttlefish)

Jiu Hu Char (Fried Jicama/Yambean with Shredded Cuttlefish)

While Nyonya and the Peranakan are born and raised in Malaysia and Singapore, they mostly observe Chinese lunar calendar and celebrate numerous Chinese festivities.  The year-round Chinese festivals call for festive foods—dishes that are significant to the festivals, for example: jiu hu char or fried jicama/yambean with shredded cuttlefish and loh bak. In my family, jiu hu char is an…