2nd homecoming – day4

On this short trip, it’s our final day in Wenchang, Hainan China. There’s no tourist sightseeing, we’ve had homecoming feasts both in Twa Bei Swee (maiden ancestral home) and Siang Hong Swee (husband’s Foo ancestry village). Today it’s free and easy, we intend to immerse with the locals, shop and eat street food in Hwee…

2nd homecoming – day3

Today we are visiting the Foo village which is called Siang Hong Swee in Hainanese. We will be driven for about 2 hours from Twa Bei Swee (my maiden ancestry village). The  purpose of these homecoming trips is to acquaint my children with their roots. To locate Siang Hong Swee, lookout for this primary school….

2nd homecoming – day2

This day, coincided with the dumplings festival day, which falls every year on 5th day of 5th month in the Chinese calendar. We were in the village of Hainan for the 2nd time this year and today we’re throwing a feast to celebrate homecoming. It’s also a public holiday and youngsters who are working in…

2nd Homecoming – day1.

For the second time this year 2018, we went visiting Wenchang, Hainan China. This visit is for specially for our 3rd daughter and youngest son who share the same birthday and are only free now to travel. So we brought them last Sunday on their birthdays to connect with their roots. There was great welcome,…

Chives

Yesterday, I created 2 chives dishes. Simply chive omelette and another, stir fried with garlic. A relative to the scallions, spring onion family, chives are good vitamin K source, good for bones and a deterrent to Alzheimer’s. Ingredients A bunch of chives, garlic, imitation crab sticks (for added color), oyster sauce. Method 1) The first…

Celebrate centenarian

How often does one attend a centenarian’s birthday. Last weekend, we celebrated the uncle in law 100th birthday. In our family it’s the first and I hope for more. Taking time to smell the flowers, going for long walks and watching sunset in the evenings contribute to the good life – ahgoodlife. The diet of…

After the hols

It’s back to routine of waking up, what to cook for the day, morning walks and evening chill. Yes, the hols have flew in and out. Children were home and they’ve gone back to work overseas. So it’s easy, either lunch out after our 5km walks or simply cook in all those goodies stocked for…

Hainanese chap chye

So it’s the lunar new year, I’m trying to replicate the dish my late mom would cook, and I’ve just had it in Hainan. Something’s missing it’s not as endowed as what I’ve tasted. Still it’s good enough for my standard. Ingredients Definitely napa cabbage, carrots, wood ear fungus, shiitake mushrooms, glass noodles (I’ve runned…

What’s changed in 1 generation

Hainan, 3 decades ago wasn’t served by direct flights from Singapore. We would transit via Bangkok or Hong Kong using a day to reach our destination. Yet, my late parents would lug clothes, cloths, coffee, sugar, biscuits, candies and gold,  jewellery to distribute to kinsfolk in their homecoming.   When my late parents threw dinner…

Hi-tea in Hainan

Our visit to ancestry hometown of a village in Wenchang, Hainan – China uncovered an archetype Hainanese hi-tea. I wonder if my forefathers actually learnt from the British forces on how to make a good tea, or inherently brought with them the skills during migration to Singapore. A typical afternoon tea break, strolling along the…

Happy homecoming

Quintessentially Hainanese homecoming – it’s ancestry prayers, firing crackers and alfresco dining. Kinsfolk gather to prepare home cooked cuisine, essentially that >100 days old free range cockerel 🐓 flesh stiff and stubborn but a delicacy with the locals. Mutton soup, Hainanese chap chye, bittergourd, prawns 🦐 crabs🦀….lots more. All the dishes my late mom would…

Japchae sequel 2

Practice makes perfect, cliche but true. My first japchae was a nervous wreak. The sequel tastes confidence, more authentic and praise worthy. Japchae is btw Korean sweet potato noodles dish. 😱😵😲 Has japchae ever been described such? Weird. Travels today feature an aspect of Korean wedding.   Maids of honor & musicians at wedding Ingredients…