Friday, May 25, 2007

Tagged! My favourite food

Wmw tagged me with a task. I am required to talk about my favourite food. Easy? Maybe to some. But here's the thing about me: I am a seasonal creature with seasonal tastes.

And the flavour of the month? Asam boi.

I have had an on-off relationship with asam boi (preserved prunes) for several decades now. Our love affair began when I was about 7. Growing up in Penang, there were many trips to the beach along the winding roads around the island. My parents discovered early enough that I suffered from motion sickness.

I threw up on every trip.

Mum offered me asam boi. I took one bite of that salty, sour preserved fruit and I immediately felt better.

It was the panacea for all my queasiness.

asam boi

Have you ever heard the phrase "muka macam asam boi" (face like asam boi)? You know how when you're upset, you twist your face to create a huge frown? Doesn't that frown look like an asam boi? :-)

One of my favourite drinks is lime juice with asam boi. The saltiness of the asam boi works well with the sour juice to create a wonderfully refreshing cold drink.

Now, on my travels, I always bring with me a little packet of asam boi. It has become my comfort food - a reminder of home.


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Proposition: What is your favorite food in your state or country? Requirements: Find some info about the food and show delicious pictures of it.

Quantity: FIVE PEOPLE.

Tag Mode: You leave their blog and post link and add to the list below.

Mybabybay loves Asam Laksa from Penang, Malaysia

JustMyThoughts loves Penang Char Koay Teow

My Lil Venture loves Laksa Sarawak

Monterssorimum loves Teluk Intan Chee Cheong Fun

Chinnee loves Melaka Wan Tan Mee

PeimunLeah loves Hakka Lei Cha

Hui Sia


Karen loves Pan Mee

Something about Lai loves Crispy duck skin from China

Simple American loves Cheese Enchiladas

Nicole Tan loves Char Tau Kueh

Velverse loves Otak-otak

Kenny Ng loves Jawa Mee

Fatty Poh loves Nasi Dagang Kelantan

wmw loves Kuih Tutu

Lyrical Lemongrass loves Asam Boi

And the "lucky" 5 to be tagged are:-

  1. Xiu Long Bao from KL people KL food

  2. Tigerfish from teczcape

  3. Shilpa from Flog & Rosbif

  4. Pink Elle from Funky Cookies

  5. Citygal from KampungboyCitygal.

It certainly feels like an awards ceremony. :-)


wmw said...

Good job! Lovely photo of asam boi. I've never seen a more beautiful looking one! LOL...

tigerfish said...

Award, prize or not ?
You need to give me some time for this, okie?

Asam boi, is that seng boi ? It thought this is preggie's panacea. Wooo.....

I do like all kinds of kiam seng ti...(salty sour preserved fruits)

Lee Ping said...

I agree with WMW on the photo. While I was reading this post, one question comes to mind, "is she ...?" Perhaps not, she just like seng mui, just like my brother.

Neko Hime said...

Hi! Love your new header pic!

xiu long bao said...

Got tagged...Errr...A glutton like me has thousand fave food...canot settle wiv only one...haha

Jackson said...

yeah,,,,,nice photo of assam boi! I only eat that when i feel vomit! Errr....dun tell me u pregna.....? COngratulations!!

tankiasu said...

Kakaka..let's bring this tagging thingy to the non-food bloggers as well!! Spread the love y'all! :P

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

wmw: thanks! it was taken with Ecstatic Eeyore's Canon EOS 1D Mark II. So sexy! Now don't ask me who's Ecstatic Eeyore ar...!

tigerfish: come and get your prize here lor. heehee. Take ur time and enjoy it, girl. Wei...don't have to be pregnant to take this mah. lol.

lee ping: No, she isn't! lol. If she is, she'd make an announcement on this blog, k. :-)

neko hime: hi and welcome!!! Thanks...I enjoyed photographing those cute sweets and tweaking the pic to make it my new header. :-)

xiu long bao: I know what you mean! It's hard for us gluttons to choose just one fav food! Shudn't xiu long bao be your favourite? hehe. Oh, then again, I guess it ought to be char siew bao!

jackson: Thanks, but no thanks! I am not, I repeat, NOT, pregnant.

tankiasu: you're right, hor. Shud have thought about that before I tagged the food bloggers. Well, technically, one of the ppl I tagged doesn't write about food all the time, so I've sorta done my part. :-)

Pink Elle said...

Oh gosh! I love asam boi and kat chai shuen moi! :) Actually I love all kinds of preserved stuff. My bro swears my insides are already preserved like a mummy's so I'm trying to lay off them :p Will get to your tag soon!

p/s Nice new layout :) I like the gummy sweets on your banner! How do you use your own pix as the banner?

jason said...

Nice new banner, very colourful! Ah, I'm haven't do my homework yet.. as xiu long bao said.. there's thousand of food I lurve out there!

Tummythoz said...

Tried sticking in into a tomato then suck. Messy but yummy!
Just luv that asam boi pic. Very pro like!

k.t.x said...

lol. cool. dad would buy us asam boi when we go for haircuts....there was a chinese grocery shop beside and it's those pull-a-packet from the staplered sort. but the best were from the chinese pharmacies.

nowadays, there r many versions/types, and the saltiness varies, but frm my vast experiences, no one can fool me anymore!!! kakaka.

so, nowadays when u's asam boi......and minyak kapak?? LOL LOL.

Henry Yeo said...

You should have tagged Kenny Mah lah!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

pink elle: I think my insides are as preserved as yours! Glad u like the candies pic. It's easy to put a pic as a banner if you're on blogger. Just one click of the button and you're done! Ok..maybe 2 clicks..hehe.

jason: thanks! well, get working on your homework, boy! Just choose one la. :-)

tummythoz: I've eaten it with tomato too...well, not by sticking it in...more like taking a bite here then a bite there, if u know what I mean! Very nice! My pic is pro-like coz a pro photographer (Ecstatic Eeyore) helped quite a bit. hehe.

k.t.x.: now ar, can oso find seedless asam boi. So advanced already hor? That was a nice story about your dad and haircuts. Wonder if our children (if any!) will talk in the same manner next time?? hehe. Minyak kapak!! No lar...nanti all the foreigners pengsan from the smell!!

henry: why?

boo_licious said...

I just tried asam boi yu yu ice, damn nice ok as it was so refreshing esp in this crazy weather.

teckiee said...

Kat chai shuin mui! ...slurp slurp. You know what.. i felt this thingling in my teeth when I saw your asam boi pictures. Can practically taste it!

The Expedited Writer said...

Hey, I haven't been here for a while and the blog's layout has changed! Nice one though, has a very clean feel to it :)

Your fav. flavor of the month is asam boi, eh? My mom loves it too although i never caught on to it. I will eat it but.....I won't specifically go buy it :P

sugar&spice said...

remind me of a guy friend..he's so mad about asam boi that he can finish a whole big packet in a jiffy..eats it like eating rice..we alwiz make fun of him calling him pregnant women :p

Rasa Malaysia said...

You have a new masthead it looks good. :)

Assam boi - liked it when I was little, but after I grew up, thought they are too soury now...must be getting old. LOL.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

boo: yah, that is PERFECT for this hot weather!!

teckiee: hahaha. the pics really life-like, isn't it?

the expedited writer: thanks!! and hey, it's a good thing that you don't have cravings for asam boi seeing that u're living in another continent! ;-)

sugar&spice: hehe. you'd be surprised how many men enjoy this stuff...sometimes better than us women!

rasa malaysia: thanks..glad u like it! wat...stopped enjoying asam boi? hehe. wat age thing...u're so young!!

cc said...

Just looking at the photo makes my mouth water! I love lime juice with asam too.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

cc: yeah, the picture has that effect, doesn't it? hehe. I feel like having that drink now too!