I feel a bit bashful for putting up a recipe for Chicken Rice.  There are countless versions on the internet, many handed down from mothers or mums’ mums, others gleaned from chefs who sell chicken rice for a living, and most written by Chinese, and rightly so because Chicken Rice as we know it is Hainanese in origin.  And if you didn’t know (though I’m sure you do.  Right?) the Hainanese are Chinese.

But here I am, this Malay chick who looks sort of Chinese, whose accent has an identity crisis, who’s spent more than half her life away from her non-birthplace of Singapore, is going to share with you her version of Hainanese Chicken Rice.

At this point, I’m writing this post to myself because I’m sure at the end of that last paragraph, anyone reading would have shut their browser tab on me.  So I console myself that this post is for me to remember, for posterity, for my children when they’re grown, given I’m still around to pay for my domain. Read More →

IMG_6627Friends, it’s been awhile.

My family and I are about to move countries again so we’re a tad over our heads in a reasonable amount of panic trying to breathe.  The goings on here have been anything but interesting as we are too busy doing, not enough enjoying.  But today was a little different because my parents were in town and they kept my kids happy in the living room while I was in the kitchen enjoying food again.

This recipe I’m about to share is a tweak of my Nyai’s recipe.  My mother brought it around the world with her on her travels, and now I am lucky enough do the same.   Read More →