Cooking doesn’t have to be boring. It doesn’t have to be difficult either to make a healthy, delicious meal at home. And, when we are short of time after a long hard day doing whatever we had to do, the last thing on our mind is to think of what to cook at home. An easy way out is to eat out, have a takeaway or a quick microwave dinner.
Eating Thai food for a non-Thai person, who is not accustom to the culture and cuisine, is likely to think of a “pad thai”, “green curry” or “red curry”, the most commonly dishes available in a Thai eating place.
I am inspired to recreate a salad dish that I had at a Thai restaurant in Melbourne last year. I remember it was extremely delicious with the right balance of sweetness, saltiness and spiciness in the salad dressing. The mixture of green salad was fresh and crunchy, the mashed avocado was creamy and the grilled prawns were crunchy and yet moist on the inside.
This dish is simple to make and delicious to eat at home. It doesn’t require much preparation and takes less than an hour to cook.
Padang Brown Hawker Centre has been around as long as I could remember as a child in the early sixties. It is shaped like a circular crest with an internal grassed courtyard with trees and a monument, and on either sides of the circle is a half-shaped concave open sheltered structure with over 40 food stalls.
Ask anyone in Penang what they enjoy most and their answer will always be “the food.” Penang people love food and love to eat at any time of the day. With endless choices, you’ll never go hungry. It’s cheap, affordable and extremely tasty!
What is curry? and, what is lamb shank curry? It can be anything, right? As long as there is a mixture of different spices. There is nothing standard about “curry” and the word is loosely used for any cooking style as long as it has a complex flavour and mixture of dry and wet spices to make the sauce for the main ingredient. It can be a dry dish or a wet dish. If you google the word “curry”, also known as “kari” in Malaysia, it seems to originate from India.
Penang Chinese culture is strongly influenced by the Confucian, Buddhism and Taoism tradition. Dating back as early as the 18th century, Penang Chinese ancestors were descendants from Southern China, mostly from the Fujian Province, bringing with them the tradition, culture and philosophy of their homeland.
One of the oldest Chinese traditions that is still widely practiced in Penang and at home with my mother is called the “Ancestors’ Day” or the “Tomb Sweeping Day”. In Penang, the coloquial word for “Ancestors’ Day” is known as “Cheng Beng” in hokkien or “Qing Ming” in Chinese mandarin.