After the last attempted of Pie Tee, i didn't attempt again until now. When my friend said she wants to make Curry Kapitan for the potluck gathering at her house. Immediately i think of to make this Pie Tee since both are also Nyonya foods.
The other day I saw this interesting recipe in Comfort Food Recipe Astro show. Look at the ingredients used, I know this will be a nice dessert as it has coconut and palm sugar aka Gula Melaka . Why is it called as Nangka Ji, i guess the shape look like Jackfruit's seed , Nangka (Jackfruit in Hokkien) and Ji (seed in Hokkien). Actually this dessert is made of glutinous rice ball that wrapped with coconut gula Melaka filling, then served with coconut thick paste.
I am just an ordinary Hokkien gal who grew up in Selangor in the 70s. Back then, our home kitchen is the soul of the family and is a more popular hangout place than kopitiams. I love to help mum prepare her favourite dishes and I usually get the simple chores like chopping garlic and shallots.
As a little girl, I love to play 'masak masak' using empty cans and pretend to cook while my other girlfriends played dress up with paper dolls. I have always been a curious girl and like to ask all sorts of questions about a particular dish especially the ones I like.
Cooking and baking has always been my hobby but I never really got the time to hone this passion as I was busy working and building my own small family, like most working mothers. Despite not having time to cook I still collect recipes from my mother, the vegetable seller, the meat seller, my friends’ mothers, grandmothers, watch TV cooking shows and from recipe books and anyone willing to share. For those where I cannot get the recipes I would be thinking about it day and night and would try to replicate the dish in my mind and add to my recipe collection. I am always fascinated with different taste and texture of food.
My passion was revived when I lost my job some few years ago. As I was spring cleaning my house one day, I came across the little recipe book with all my collection of recipes from many years. My heart skipped as if I have just bumped into my first love after many years.
I've never attended any cooking or baking classes nor learned from any cooking sifu. I like to experiment with recipes on my own and self teach. I am happiest when I see friends and relatives enjoying my cooking. So I started cooking, baking and blogging to inspire the younger generations to eat healthily and live well.
My followers are my best teachers. I love to hear from my followers, be it positive or negative comments. This way, I can be better. Whenever they have any problem I will try to help them solve it despite my limited experience especially in baking. I share their disappointment whenever their cake or bread turns out below expectations but I never stopped improving.
Besides, baking and cooking, hiking is my other love. Whenever I hike at a new place, I always check out the specialities of that area with my hiking friends. As there are a few of us, we can taste more varieties of food.
I hope that by sharing all my simple tried and tested recipes, anyone can cook. And yes, Nasi Lemak has always maintained its top spot on my favourite food list. This is my humble story – Nasi Lemak Lover.