April 16, 2010

Relatives : Aunty Ling

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!!
This is my Ah Koo who was born in Sg. Bidut and her father was  Tiong Kung Nguong who was my great grandfather's favourite nephew. I called her father "Nguong Nguong Chuk Kung" (grandfather's cousin).  During the Japanese Occupation my  father's parents and grandparents used to take shelter in their house in Sg. Bidut when the Japanese were on their warpath. Rosie (the daughter of my father's second brother) was born there.

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 is the steamed layered rice cake or mi 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.)


Gerald said...

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Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Gerald

Thanks for visiting my blog and Sarawakiana I.

It is nice to read positive feedback. Like an old soldier I just plod on and on and hope that I will not run out of spirit and content.

I am glad that many of those who comment are also enthusiastic about the issues and points I have raised. Their joy also fuel my determination to go on.

Hope that you and your son will continue to read my postings and I won't disappoint you two....

God bless

Puan Isah said...

Another nice story :)

Thanks for sharing!

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Puan Isah
How nice of you to visit....the blue enamel pot is really good for double boiling and for steaming of herbs too.
My paternal grandmother's chicken soup using this kind of pot was memorable....

See you again!

Ah Ngao said...

how nice if got Wong Genealogy book published,or may someone is in process of publishing one.

Ann said...

My youngest sis Grace is married to a Tiong,
My second brother Joseph is married to a Tiong.

This makes us sweet potato relative?

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Ah Ngao..I am sure the Wongs have their own genealogy book...
May have to ask the Wong Clan Association of Sibu...

Sarawakiana@2 said...

You do have two Tiongs in the family. If you follow your sis in calling her tiong relatives...then we are related (by calling)..for example if I am married to a Chan and you are a cousin to my husband...I have to call you cousin...and my sisters will call your Chan cousin - cousin too....we do have lots of potato relatives...hahahahah

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