Category Archives: Food

Nearing midnight

Unsweetened soy powder plus oats (all organic as per Dominic’s advice), some sugar in the form of digestives — set perfectly in a bowl made of olive wood — from a girl friend who was on a holy pilgrimage.


I am xclusively invited

In other news:



Granny taught me how to make soya milk from the raw beans. We spent an afternoon getting our fingers pruny by separating the skin off the beans…

It is so lovely to see the off-white tones of “soy foam”, produced during the boiling of ground soy beans and water. The fragrance, scented lightly with pandan leaves, was excellent; the taste of the drink was naturally sweet.

Someone should organise a “soy foam party” one day as it is clearly a healthier alternative to the ones we have now.

Tea time with mama

50mm f1.8 photographs of food

Some may have noticed that recently my photographs have been a lot clearer and fancier than the photographs taken with my camera phone. It is because I have purchased the cheapest lens in the series of lenses for my incredibly underused digital camera: the normal lens. This type of lens is most wonderful to use, as evident on the Nikon FM10, my favourite camera out of the few I have (I don’t collect cameras or lenses, nor do I consider myself as a ‘photography enthusiast’ and I have absolutely no desire to put any watermarks or digital designs on them). Unlike with the film-based Nikon before, it is much faster to publish the items, so it is rather exciting and instantaneous. Never as exciting as Polaroids of course.

As such, expect to see a lot of blurry backgrounds of people, food, etc etc. Here I have prepared an easy breakfast of bread (rye with blackcurrant jam, walnut bread and a pear my mother bought from the pasar malam below our home in Subang Jaya.

Supper in bed

A whole stalk of broccoli, boiled, with no seasonings except for a handful of pumpkin seeds (not pictured), plus a strawberry flavoured ‘nutritional drink’. Good for 2am hunger pangs.

Late night supper and new purchases

Oats, milk and honey in bed. The newer batches of organic rolled oats from Justlife are a tad disappointing because they contain a lot of husks (notice I have three of them perched on the edge of the bowl).

The bowl, a 1960s porcelain (or ceramic?) from Japan, was purchased at the flea market in Amcorp. The lovely floral motif is unfortunately printed instead of hand-painted, but it has an interesting tactile textures, like an engraving. The outer design features the same shapes printed in the very familiar “blue and white” aesthetic (青花). The two sides strangely go very well together. A little piece of the Orient on my table top. I think it would look lovely next to a jade plant. Memang I cinapek.

The prescription glasses resemble a 1940s Moscot Original, but were only RM180. According to Mr. Tan, owner of the two-decade old spex shop in Damansara Utama, the frames have been around for “more than ten years”. An acquaintance told me I resembled a perverted Chinaman wearing them. Charming!