Home-cooked meals


We, the Malaysians know what a home-cooked meal consist of. Majority of us, whether we are Malay, Chinese, Indian, Eurasian or any races in Malaysia, eat rice with a few accompanying dishes.

What makes home-cooked meals special is the simplicity. When we had this meal too often, we may complaint of it being bland, boring and predictable. However, take us away from home and soon, we will be missing the home-cooked meals which mom or wife used to dish up.

The above is a home-cooked meal I cooked last Sunday. Two of my children were not at home and it being Father’s Day, we decided to celebrate at home. Moreoever, all restaurants will be over-charging and packed with customers.

What I cooked:

Soup – A slow-boiled soup made with one choy-yun-kai or old chicken. Flavoured with Chinese mushroom, dried scallops, dried oysters, kei chee. It has a ‘luxurious and expensive’ taste to it.

Vegetable – Stir fry celery with yau yee or brown squids

Fish – Dory fish with honey and lemon sauce.

No recipe for the time being. Of course, we do not eat so extravagantly every day because dried scallops and oysters are not cheap stuff. This is just to illustrate that home-cooked meals consist of soup, vegetable and seafood or meat. Plus fluffy, freshly cooked, hot white rice of course.

Have you ever missed home-cooked meals?

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8 thoughts on “Home-cooked meals


    (June 23, 2005 - 3:57 pm)

    If I’m not wrong choy yin kai is not old chicken but kampung chicken. Very sedap cos its tough and when boiled in soups, the flavour is very strong. I miss home cooked meals!


    (June 23, 2005 - 4:01 pm)

    yup, kampung chicken lar. but nowadays, even the hypermarket sells kampung chicken, but tasteless.

    What’s that dish on the Cornel? see-yau chicken?


    (June 23, 2005 - 4:38 pm)

    Eating home cooked food after a semester at uni, is heaven 🙂

    Eileen Chua

    (June 23, 2005 - 9:24 pm)

    I miss home cooked food all the time.

    Another month to go then I can ear home cooked food everyday!


    (June 23, 2005 - 11:43 pm)

    Yum yum, I can smell the good food all the way from Penang. So how did the honey lemon fish turn out?


    (June 24, 2005 - 2:29 pm)

    wats dat in corning ware? herbal chic??


    (April 27, 2006 - 1:42 am)

    Simplicity my a$$! American food is simple, mostly one pot meals and not much preparation. I have tried to cook like my mother and grandma did, but it will kill me after awhile hahah … especially since it is just me and my hubby eating, seems a waste to cook so much only for 2 people.

    I can eat rice and fried soy sauce eggs everyday but my hubby being orang puteh can’t stand to eat just rice and eggs, he has to have his beef. *sigh*


    (April 29, 2006 - 12:22 am)

    kampung chicken.. yah! grandma used to buy it from the iban lady at the market.. and then make great soup.

    great site lilian.. i always need some new ideas to cook my dishes here in melb. 🙂

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Home cooked meals

Had some ‘home-cooked meals’ today. Above is the tamarind prawns served with sambal belacan and pieces of cucumber. This comes from an old, old Hokkien restaurant. Their dishes are basic menus that most Chinese homes cook. And what is nice with old, old restaurants is the old, old waiters. They are more like our grandpas. Telling you not to order too many dishes, asking you to balance your meals with some vege dishes, eating some ‘cooling’ food etc.

Beside this tamarind prawns, we also ordered bitter gourd soup, taufoo with minced meat and salted fish plus my sons’ favourite dish – dark soya sauce meat. Most Penangites know this place, picture below. It is at the end of Transfer where Hotel Gallant is.

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