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What did I buy on vacation? Er, not much really. Mostly books, which gives some people pause. And groceries (which I’ll go into at a later date). Clothes and shoes weren’t really worth the bother–I’m on the larger end of the sizing spectrum as it is in America, so Asia is kind out of the question unless I want to shop at British chains like Marks & Spencer (which I don’t really want to) or Top Shop (where I did buy a shirt). In fact, I spent so much on cookbooks that my credit card was frozen for fraud protection. (Actually, I didn’t spend that much, maybe $100, I think they would’ve frozen it anyway just because charges were coming from out of the country.)

Nonya Flavours: A Complete Guide to Penang Straits Chinese Cuisine
Food From the Heart: Malaysia's Culinary Heritage
Singapore Heritage Food: Yesterday's Recipes for Today's Cook
Malaysian Delicacies
Delightful Snacks & Dim Sum

Malaysian Cakes & Desserts
Homestyle Malay Cooking
Eurasian Favorites

Rasa Malaysia

And two bilingual books I found in the Chinese section of Kinokunyia that have zero web presence:
Moon Cake
Hawker's Kuih-muih Favorites

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  1. wish i could spare a trip to pick up the cookbooks.

    I bought betty yew’s (of rasa malaysia) retro asian food, and sylvia tan’s mad about food, also had shiok and mrs leong’s best of singapore cooking. but sylvia tan’s singapore heritage food and at home with amy elude to me here in nyc.

    did you make anything for the cookbooks? enjoy!

    November 11, 2005
  2. hehe searching for new cookbooks and found my old comment. actually, if you want to make quick laksa, get a can of roland’s laksa paste (available from your corner nyc spice shop believe it or not), some dried thick chinese rice noodles and a can of unsweetened coconut milk. taste almost like from the hawker centers (though you’d need laksa leaves to finish the dish, and fresh ones are hard to come by).

    April 23, 2006
  3. Foolano, thanks for the tip (and inadvertently stopping by again). I actually found laksa leaves, labeled as rau ram (Vietnamese name) in NJ, but didn’t buy them at the time. When I decided to make laksa I went back, and of course they didn’t have them. I haven’t seen them in NYC, though.

    April 24, 2006
  4. Hey Krista, don’t mention it. It’s cool that you actually check for comments on your blog (unlike some people…). I thought I saw some vietnamese mint at Bangkok Center Market on mosco street when I was there for the taste of chinatown event, maybe that is the same thing. Anyway feel free to email me

    maybe we can do a group buy or something sometime, although my cat does tend to shred the aromatic plants I’ve had (hence the past tense).

    April 25, 2006

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