My interview with Kwong Wah
April 09th, 2009 78 Comments

My interview with Kwong Wah

(Picture courtesy of my best friend Craft Passion)

Thanks to my friend EC, I was featured in a full-page interview on Kwong Wah (光华日报), the oldest and one of the largest Chinese newspapers in Malaysia. Founded in Penang, Kwong Wah is the newspaper that I read growing up so it’s an honor to be profiled in the “非常人物” (loosely translate to “Outstanding People”) column.

I was actually going to post a translated version but Google translate is simply absurd, hilarious, and makes no sense. It also does no justice to this beautifully and eloquently written Chinese article. Other than talking about Rasa Malaysia, I also touched on culinary tourism and urged Malaysian Tourism Board and state agencies to continue to invest in promoting Malaysia as a culinary tourism destination. Only through careful preservation and cultivation that the colorful and authentic cuisines and food traditions of Malaysia will thrive and live on…

If you read Chinese, please hop over here to read the complete online article. My fellow Penang food blogger CK Lam was also featured. Thank you!

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78 comments... read them below or add one

  1. Jasmine says:

    Congratulations, RM! I can’t read chinese, but I’m glad more Malaysians get to know of your great work with food and promoting Penang. Really inspiring blog!

  2. Gigi says:

    hi, happy for u and keep up all the good effort…i m Wai Wan’s close neighbor, get to know she is your ex-schoolmate during those Penang Girl School days..Such a small world ya. Will buy KongWah today for sure!

    • Gigi – you are the mysterious neighbor, nice “meeting” you. Thanks for your first comment, I really appreciate it. Wai Wan told me about you. Happy cooking, and leave me comments what you cook. :)

  3. Congrats on the well deserved honor. Your blog is a wonderful read and always has me hungry :) Good on you! Cheers!

  4. Sabrina says:

    Well deserved congratulations to you!

    I’ve been reading you for about 7 months now and I’m totally hooked. Love cooking your amazing dishes. Thank you. :)

  5. HY says:

    Received EC’s mail today. I quickly rush down to my company’s library, and look for KW, search for the article on you! Wow! Now only I know you are such a great good cook. So proud of you BY! All you really cook by yourself! Next time you should hold a party when you come back Penang. Will read more on your recipes now onwards. BY, the article is published today 10 April 09.

  6. We are really proud of you.

  7. Candle says:

    Congrats….Keep up all the good work. Im your big fan….you are great!!!

  8. Jaden says:

    ooooh what a beautiful photo of you!!!

  9. Thip says:

    Congrats! Bee.
    p.s. Now I know how you look like. :D

  10. Lee says:

    Great site, great recipes and fantastic photos! You always do such a wonderful job with the dishes and the photos are beautiful! Always a pleasure visiting your site. Thank you for all your hard work and sharing it with us. Lee

  11. Su Yee says:

    CONGRATULATIONS Rasa Malaysia!!.. Really happy and glad and thankful and grateful that your and your blog is doing such a great job promoting Penang and Malaysia! Well deserved recognition and beautiful photographs!!.. Congratulations again.. :)

  12. zeez says:

    well done. thanks for all the recipes and beautiful photos. I just tried yr orh nee recipe. works perfectly.

  13. cariso says:

    RasaMalaysia, You deserve it! You are one of the pioneers on Penang food blog!

  14. cariso says:

    Btw, this photo shot of you is NICE. Look very ‘sunshine’ and also very ‘artist’ look! Hehe….:P

  15. Audrey says:

    I’m so proud of you. Been reading your blog for about a year now. Great to see that behind all those awesome food, there’s a really beautiful lady :)
    Hope to see u in more articles.

  16. Piggy says:

    Hey, congrats! Nice pics of you. :-)

    It’s great that you’re helping to promote Penang food. Keep up the good job!

  17. Blissful Cadence says:

    Hi RM
    Many congratulations!
    I am new to cooking and your site but have already tried at least half a dozen of the recipes! All are well received by my hubby and 2 kids. I endeavor to try each of them at least during this period when we are relocated.
    Oh yes, hubby says thanks. He loves the Cashew Chicken most so far. And for the girls, it has to be the tarts!

  18. Hey Daniel – awww, you are so nice and thanks for spreading the good word about Rasa Malaysia. What did you make? Let me know. Send me an email.

  19. Ping says:

    Congratulations 美荫! I was also born in Malaysia (but in Melaka), and moved to San Diego to be with my husband. It’s been almost impossible to find Malaysian food here, and I’m definitely a keen follower of your website. Keep up the great job!

    • Ping – thanks. I know what you mean. I think you should be able to get most of the ingredients in San Diego’s Asian grocery stores. Thanks for reading and trying my recipies.

  20. Evenlyn says:

    wow !! Have been secretly diving in your blog for sometime but today I have to say, I’m proud to be Malaysian but you make me even prouder!! Yes, I definitely hope to see you in Times Online, definitely!!! By the way, thanks for all the recipes !! Living abroad meaning I have to make most of Malaysian food from scratch. Cheers !!

  21. Elin says:

    Congrats… I love your blog and a big THANK YOU for your sharings. Sometimes, I forget how to cook some simple Malaysian fdishes, though I stayed in Malaysia, I will jump over to your blog and get the recipe from you. :)))

  22. Chowhound says:

    Congratulations to you and to your wonderful blog. I’d been a follower for more than a year. I booked marked your blog both in my office and at home. Your recipes and food pictures are just beautiful.

    Congratulations again. Keep up the good work.

  23. I feel bad.. very bad…

    i have been your silent reader for about a year salivating over your beautifully taken picture of the food and the special arrangement you did to compose your picture..

    all along i always imagine the author was a mid life auntie with a bunch of kids to feed…

    i feel bad…. :D

  24. Pinenuts says:


    I’ve been following your site for a few months now and it’s always those wonderful shots on the dishes that made your blog special – certainly putting you ahead of many others. Keep up the good work! Alas, we get to see the person behind the wok and camera. Wouldn’t it be great to see one of you with a chef outfit?

  25. babe_kl says:

    bravo Bee!!!! i’m a banana but its all right cos by looking at the page is good enough to know its beautifully written befitting the beautiful owner and Rasa Malaysia ;-)

  26. Aimei says:

    I’ve been following your blog since the day I chanced upon it. I really admire your love for your own heritage and the lovely dishes and recipes that you’ve posted.

    Great to know more about you through this article! :D

  27. aaron says:

    So this is how the author/photographer/blogger/chef of RM look like. Very pretty. As Elegant as the food that you cooked. Tried the Pineapple Tart recipe! They are Yummy!!Will try to continue to comments and cook the recipes that you posted up.

    p/s: Read from your blog that you kinda travel lots!…coming to Melbourne anytime soon??

  28. Simon says:


    Keep up the good work:) I’m relocating to beijing in 2010 and hope to start my own food blog then. Just wanted to tell you that you inspire me to dig deeper in to asian culinary arts;).

  29. noobcook says:

    congratulations! You deserve the recognition! And you look really pretty too =)

  30. Sreisaat says:

    Congratulations, Bee!
    Here’s wishing next year you make it to the best 50 food blogs list :)

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  32. Alex says:

    Wah! Someone is so famous now..lah!!!!!

    Congrats Bee.

  33. i thought RM blogger is an auntie…but i was wrong…u are so young and beautiful with gifted talent in cooking..awesome!

    when ever i don’t know what to cook…i hop by here to learn a new recipe, keep up the good work and delicious food!


  34. Who says beautiful girls can’t cook. Any chance for us to sample your cooking?

  35. rokh says:

    congratulations! and i totally agree that we should start promoting Malaysia as culinary tourism destination! :)

  36. J2Kfm says:

    oh dear. all this while i thought you’re a cooking aunty (sorry!), dishing out those delicios cookings, and snapping those gloriously mouth-watering shots.

    congrats on being featured in the paper. and pls continue to make Malaysians proud!

  37. johne says:

    very good cooking recipe

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  39. Allyson Phoon-Stilin says:

    Thank for your blog which is I’m truly enjoy reading. I sent your blog to all my friends and they all love it. Please keep up the good work next time when I visit Penang I would love to meet you. You are truly awesome.

  40. Brian Lew says:

    Hi Bee,
    I just saw this on your site hehe. I think it is great!!

    Keep up the good work!!!

    You are awesome!!

    Brian (blew1)

  41. Melodi Loli says:

    Hay adminstrator , i love with u blog. LOL Please come to my blog

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