By the time this post appears, I'll be on my way to the US.
'Balik kampung' means to return to one's village. That's not quite an accurate description of my journey; I'm not going back to where I grew up, but to where my parents have lived since the late eighties. Still, as far as I'm concerned home is where the Mom (or whoever cooks up something special for you whenever you make a visit) is, so in my heart I'm balik kampung-ing.
I'll no doubt be jonesing for Malaysian tidbits in a short while, but don't cry for me - every morning I'll be waking up to this.
I'm taking a disc full of food porn but expect posts to be few and far between for the next couple of weeks. Whether I post at all will depend on the ease of doing so from a computer not my own, via a land line. Of course, had I been a good girl and stored up some posts over the past few weeks this wouldn't be an issue.
To make up for my negligence, I'm offering EatingAsia readers a small taste of where I'll be: a speck of a town that was home to a well-known female American artist, about thirty miles from a lovely wee church reputed to have healing powers. Leave a comment with the name of the town and the state. And please state your general location. The first correct answer from an Australia/Asia-located reader AND the first correct answer from an Americas/Europe-located reader win.
The prize will be an ingredient, and I'll include a couple simple local recipes that anyone anywhere should be able to source other ingredients for. PLEASE - do not bid for the prize if you don't intend to have a go in the kitchen!! (Friends, acquaintances, anyone who knows where my folks live - you're not eligible. Sorry!)
In the meantime, I'll see what I can do about posting without DSL ... and EatingAsia will be back up to speed the week of May 22.