Thanks Elaine from Pear Tree Log for tagging me in this Bloggers Unplugged post! This is so much fun for me, not sure if it's as much fun for you to know all these random facts about a random person, but here goes anyway:
1. What, or who, inspired you to start a blog?
I'm just going to copy this directly from my "about" page because it explains so much about me and this blog, plus I know people don't read "about" pages these days.
"I grew up in a country and a house full of amazing food, but I never really had anything to do with creating that amazing food. I was forced to start cooking for myself when I went over to London to study."
"Besides cooking, this blog is as much about my discoveries and beliefs anbout food and health. I'm not your typical health nut who eats soy nuggets and bran flakes, or your typical diet-conscious teenage girl who goes for low-fat frozen yogurts. I like butter and coconut milk and fatty meat. I eat and believe in real, whole, seasonal, local foods."
"I used to feel that I'm weird or different, and that I had to eat foods that I don't want to eat to feel 'normal' around others,and that I had no right to talk about my love for cooking and food if I'm into health at the same time. But I don't care now, I've decided to heck the raised eyebrows of the skinny latte-drinking, instant koka-mee eating people around me, and embrace the freak in me."
2. Who is your foodie inspiration?
I especially like watching Nigel Slater, but gosh, I have so many foodie inspirations. My mum, most of all though.
3. Your greasiest, batter-splattered food/drink book is?
I don't own cookbooks because I'm too poor/cheap to get them, but I have this thick red folder with recipes cutouts and copied from online/publications, geekily filed with dividers, and littered with post-it notes and edits.
4. Tell us about the best thing you have eaten in another country, where was it, what was it?
Since I'm in London now, does Singapore count? ;) In that case, darn I can't decide again. There are too many. Fried carrot cake would be one. My mum's kong bak pau (48 hr marinated pork belly). Anything peranakan, especially curries and kuehs.
5. Another food blogger's table you'd like to eat at?
3 hungry tummies. I really just get so hungry looking at ALL the recipes, not just the Singaporean/Malaysian ones, but also the Western ones.
6. What is the one kitchen gadget you would ask Santa for this year (money no object of course)?
A cast iron pot and pan that can go on top of the stove and into the oven.
7. Who taught you how to cook?
My mum and all the british tv chefs have been a great help.
8. I'm coming to you for dinner, what is your signature dish?
Anything curry or stewed.
9. What is your guilty food pleasure?
Crispy fried shallots. It's supposed to last for a couple of weeks or more in the fridge as toppings/condiments for chinese and southeast asian dishes, but I can easily pop the whole batch within a couple of hours, I mean, days.
10. Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?
As if my life does not revolve around food enough, I've recently gone hippy and started washing my face with honey, exfoliating with ground turmeric or cinnamon, and moisturising with olive oil.
And now, to tag 5 others!