Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Lee Su Kim ... Malaysian Flavours (1996)

Malaysian Flavours
Lee Su Kim
(Pelanduk, 1996)

Warming you from the inside out!

NO, THIS AIN’T A COOKBOOK. What a joy it is to read such a welcome chunk of Malaysiana at its very best! A book that celebrates the Malaysian way of life. In this delightful, inventive collage of anecdotal essays, Lee Su Kim looks into the heart and soul of Malaysia, past and present, with precision, humour and compelling narrative. She dissects the Malaysian psyche and its quirks and idiosyncrasies with relish and abandonment. In particular, her memories of her Peranakan (Straits Chinese) childhood and the redolence of the Peranakan kitchen will warm you from the inside out. Though humorous, her wealth of intriguing stories also bristle with a tinge of a lament for lost times. Not only has she imbued her stories of homespun ordinariness and nostalgia with a luminous sheen, she also captures the essence of being Malaysian with wit and poignance. By immersing herself in the Malaysian experience, she has distilled with nitric intensity the essence of being Malaysian. If you need one book that captures the essence of what it is to be Malaysian, you won’t go wrong with this one because it delivers exactly what its title promises: a smorgasbord of Malaysian flavours.

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