It is always good to meet up with family. I booked Ah Ling Koo and my cousins for a Tuesday morning session. Meeting up with family means having Foochow goodies and stories.
Ah Ling Koo prepared Foochow cake called " Mi turn kuih " or savoury rice layered cake and she bought a piece of Manchurian Ckae "Man Chiw Koh". So it was really lovely time for us .
The occasion was actually to celebrate the new Tiong Family Clan book published in 2002 but only made available recently to me through an uncle Tiong Shu Mew who sent it from Sibu. We ladies poured over every page to recognise our relatives!!
The blue enamel pot is a favourite Foochow kitchen utensil for generations. It is known as a "payne kwo". It can be used to double boil a good chicken for hours. Most Foochow ladies must own one. And it is also very important for confinement dishes. It is easy to carry it around too.
this is the fried mee turn kuih.
This Manchurian Cake or mang chiew gor is well coated with roasted sesame seed. Made from peanut and wheat flour with a generous amount of sugar it is very delicious and a marvellous Foochow banquet dish.
Our red coloured Tiong Genealogy Book was published in Sibu. All the Tiongs who came to Sarawak and are born here would be recorded in it.....however only males are in the book. In the previous book (1960's) girls names appeared.
(You need to know a little Foochow to pronounce some of the words or understand some of the terms. I have tried my best to write in comprehensible English with too much confusion of code switching or code mixing. thanks.)