Missing the taste of Melaka? Why the flavours of my hometown are never far away
COMMENTARY, Sept 16 — The toothsome strands of yellow noodles are topped with bouncy fish balls, sliced fish cake, slivers of foo chuk (bean curd skin rolls) and chopped spring onions. Just enough of the dark gravy (mainly soy sauce but who knows what other secret ingredient the stall owner...
channel for the latest updates.COMMENTARY, Sept 16 — The toothsome strands of yellow noodles are topped with bouncy fish balls, sliced fish cake, slivers offoo chuk(bean curd skin rolls) and chopped spring onions.Just enough of the dark gravy (mainly soy sauce but who knows what other secret ingredient the stall owner employs?) to bring it all together, and you have a bowl every true-blue Melakan would recognise.
The inimitableyee kiaomee, the noodles that remind me of my hometown. Perhaps right about now more than ever before.This special time, from Merdeka to Malaysia Day, when the Jalur Gemilang is flying proud, I am fortunate to be safe and sound in my home in KL. Some of my fellow compatriots are further away, working in other countries, doing their best to earn a living and put food on the table for families back home.
Old school 'kopi O kaw' at a neighbourhood 'kopitiam.'I have loved ones in Bangkok and in London, in Singapore and in Tokyo. They are homesick; not being able to travel makes it harder.But it’s okay; we are Malaysians wherever we find ourselves. We always carry a little bit of our headtopics.com
tanahairwith us wherever we go.Still, I am grateful that I’m actually in our tanahair, no longer. I have been blessed to be home for quite some time now.The famous prawn cracker and fish ball noodles in Tengkera.So isn’t it strange that I would be feeling a little homesick too?
Let me explain.Whenever this season of patriotic festivities arrives each year, I can’t help but long to return to my hometown: Melaka, where it all began for me... and for our country. This year, with travel restricted, I haven’tbalik kampungin a while (a scenario many of my fellow countrymen understand all too well).
I miss breakfast at the trustykopitiamin my old neighbourhood, where theroti bakaris always spread with cold butter and lumpykaya. Half-boiled eggs are a must, of course, to dip the toast in, and somekopi O kawto wash it all down. (Only local Aik Cheong coffee, please.)
Melakan 'nasi lemak' comes with a side of 'kangkung' (left). Hainanese-style pork satay (right).I miss the prawn crackers and fish ball noodles in Tengkera; my father and I would drop by the shop after he had finished his badminton coaching. I remember the stationary pushcart stacked with towers of porcelain bowls, the aromatic steam from the vats of broth, the crunchy deep-fried prawn crackers covering the headtopics.com
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