May 26, 2017
Foochow Tales : Liew Kiew or Kuchai - a lovely bulbous vegetable
This is a nice bulbous vegetables loved by all ethnic groups in Sarawak.
The Ibans call it Kuchai and do eat it raw, like in a kerabu or salad.
The Foochows love it and cook it together with eggs or fresh prawns. The Hokkiens would make pickles out of the bulbs and eat them with porridge.
A neighbour grew a lot of it in the peat soil many years ago during the curfew days in Sibu. Because it could grow very fast, her family had it almost every day. We were also given a bunch every now and then. We were so grateful for the extra food which came free from across the road.
We should always be grateful for gifts we receive and remember the givers for the rest of our lives. Thank you Ah Hang's Mother. May she rest in peace.
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