After over a year of being back in the States, Annie’s Mum has come over for a visit! Here’s some of the stuff she brought with her:
Mortar and Pestle
Our beloved stone mortar and pestle, which we used to prepare ingredients for lots of dishes in Sarawak (like our Stir Fried Pork with Long Beans). We had to leave it in KL with Mum because it was just too heavy to bring with us. But now we have it again – YAY! 🙂
What else was in her luggage?
Dried Shrimp, Scallops and Anchovies
Mum brought packages of dried shrimp, dried scallops, and dried anchovies. With it, we can make dishes like Daikon in Spicy Coconut Milk, Chinese Winter Melon Soup, and Wonton Soup. The Knorr brand Chicken Bouillon Cubes and Anchovy Bouillon cubes we will use to make various soups.
White Coffee, White Pepper
Mum brought some instant White Coffee packets. Besides satisfying a craving for Ipoh-style white coffee, we could also use it to make more white coffee konnyaku when the weather warms up.
Also arriving: some prized Sarawak white pepper – both ground and whole. This is the best white pepper – so pungent! – and we use it in a lot of our cooking. I don’t think it’s going to last long…
Gula Melaka and Penang White Curry Noodles
One of the foods that’s all the rage these days in Malaysia is Penang White Curry Noodles. While you may be thinking, “what’s so special about instant ramen?”, trust us when we say this is good stuff. It’s so popular, our friend had to scour three different hypermarkets in Selangor before he found and scooped up the last packages available. We’ll review this in another post.
Kaya and Sarawak Laksa Paste
A couple more items out of Mum’s bags: freshly made kaya – pandan-coconut jam – (but no fresh roti Bengali to go along with it) and Sarawak laksa paste from Absolute Tribal Restaurant in Kuching.
I’m so excited! I foresee lots of good cooking in the coming days, although I am a bit worried about how much bigger my waistline will be after Mum leaves.
What kinds of foods do you wish to bring back from overseas? Leave us a comment below!