An impressive video of Ismail Hasan sensei at 1993 Summer School.
Me, being a food based person, tend to associate certain tastes and dishes to various part of my past.
This particular one featured strongly in my childhood, because it was my maternal grandmother’s signature dish. The amazing 萝卜糕 (daikon/white radish cake). I remember going to Kota Kinabalu during school holidays to see the grands, and she’ll be buzzing away in the kitchen cooking up a storm which almost always include this (And she’d have to make a lot of it, since friends and family will mysteriously appear when they catch even a whiff of the possibility of getting their hands on a plate).
After she passed away, my mom and her sisters have tried to recreate the magic. Usually coming close, but never quite there. Still, no arguments from me when I do get to stuff my face with it.
Anyway, I went back to Malaysia for a bit of a holiday this Apr, and mom taught me the condensed and easy
Instead of having to hand grate the daikon to absolute perfection, we just whizzed it around in a blender to approximately the texture we want. Even so, it involves a lot of chopping, and prepping, and frying, and cooling, and washing, and stirring, and steaming.
I have cooked this twice now since then. And has taken me around 4 hours each time.
Not quite there either (and I suspect it will never be) but satisfying all the same, almost like grandma’s hug.
I’ve recently been on a bit of a spending spree.
I bumped into my ultimate favourite manga character in mini blythe form, apparently to celebrate the 15 anniversary for the creation of this classic piece of japanese comic.
That lead to me seeking out the now-rare nendoroid japanese room set a and b, which just happen to fit the 10cm doll perfectly.
A fair few nail biting and hair tearing days later….
I’ve pretty much blown my budget for extravagant gadgets this year, any yet can’t quite get myself to regret it as I spent some time gleefully setting up the lighting and having loads of fun taking photos.
Happy Mitch indeed.