Bringing a taste of Malaysia to Ireland
Institute of Technology Sligo student Joey Sing Yun Chui tells us about her favourite meals to cook in Ireland.
Bringing Malaysia with me
Leaving home can be tough — Especially when you love the food there. While I do miss Malaysian food a lot, I’ve found ways to lessen my cravings.
When I moved to Ireland, I was sure to bring green curry paste and rendang paste from home so that the dinners I would cook for myself in Ireland would be just as delicious as those at home. I especially love spicy food, and having delicious Malaysian ingredients with me helps to relieve my homesickness — it can be pretty hard to find the taste of Malaysia in Sligo.
Cooking at home
When we want to save money, my housemate and I cook for ourselves. While this is fun, I now regret not learning how to cook properly from my mother. If I’d done that, all the meals I’d be cooking and eating now would be just like hers.
However, I am now learning how to cook delicious meals that represent the best of both cultures. For example, here is my diverse menu for the week:
Monday: Chinese herb soup
Delicious Chinese herb soup is good for the body and the soul. I cook Chinese herbs that I brought from home with some chicken. It’s a great meal — and I do love soup!
For this Italian dish, I cook the spaghetti with garlic, green chilli, tomato sauce and chilli sauce for added spiciness, as well as an egg and bacon.
Wednesday: Vegetables with eggs
This is a healthy meal that I always cook with broccoli, long beans, carrots and an egg.
Thursday: A delicious wrap
When I moved to Ireland, I joined a dodge ball team which practises every Thursday. So, as I don’t have time to cook dinner that evening, I prepare a wrap because it’s easy to make. To make it a well balanced meal, I add spinach, tomatoes, egg and bacon as well as some mayo and chilli sauce for extra flavour.
Friday: Tomato soup with Mee Hun
Mee Hun is a simple fast food dish in Malaysia and is like Rice Vermicelli or noodles mixed with with tomatoes and an egg.
Saturday: A healthy bowl of porridge
For my porridge, I add dry scallops to make it more exciting, which I brought back with me from Malaysia.
Sunday: Nasi Lemak with curry
I cook this special Malay rice dish every Sunday — it is usually cooked in coconut milk and is one of our favourite dishes in Malaysia. In it, I include chicken and as I’m not able to get coconut milk here, I just use coconut oil.