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…