29 July 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Our Interview with Bee of Rasa Malaysia

Photos courtesy of Bee Yinn/Rasa Malaysia


There is really no way to describe Malaysian food.
Malaysian food is taking the world by storm with its unique influences of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Nyonya and many more cultures with its endless possibilities of creating something new and amazing.

Rasa Malaysia is a recipe website (which also features Thai, Japanese, Korean recipes amongst others) run by Bee Yinn who has done a tremendous job in promoting Asian food worldwide.

Read on for our exclusive interview with the Penang-born lass!


Hi Bee Yinn! Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Penang but currently reside in the United States. I love tropical islands, traveling, eating, and spending money (wished I have more to spend!). I absolutely hate cold weather and frumpy winter clothing. I like casual, summery dresses, and sandals.

Having been born and raised in Malaysia, how has it impacted your views on food?
Having been born and raised in Malaysia has turned me into a picky eater (read: food snob). Very few cuisines in the world rival the varieties, complexities, and tastes of Malaysian cuisine. I'm spoiled when it comes to food.


Ice Kacang/ABC (Malaysian Shaved Ice) is one of the best thirst-quenchers in the scorching heat. Click for full recipe!


Where do you get your inspirations from?
I get inspirations from everywhere: restaurants I eat at, magazines I read, websites I surf, and markets I shop, etc, but mostly, I am inspired by my cooks in my family: my late grandmother and mother, and my now 75-year old aunt.

What are your views on the trends like going organic and raw food diets?
I think it's great that more and more people are taking food – especially healthy food –seriously. After all, we are what we eat and the sources of our foods are vital to our general well-being.


A chicken noodles dish that soothes the soul. Click for full recipe!


There are "comfort food" advocates (Nigella Lawson comes to mind) who believe that good food can cure mood swings and more. What is your opinion on that?
Definitely. Nothing comforts me more than dishes that I grew up eating, for examples: a good pot of Chinese soup and warm fluffy homemade pancakes.

Since you can cook just about anything, is there a dish that you particularly miss whenever you're away from home?
Can I have two? Penang Hokkien Mee and Laksa. They are the best and you just can't find them anywhere in the world, other than Penang.


Crispy shrimp is perfect for any occasion. Click for full recipe!


What are the ingredients that you absolutely must have in your kitchen?
Shrimp. I love shrimp. It's the single ingredient that I use almost every day, in everything I make: fried rice, noodles, tofu, vegetables, sambal, curry, and more. My late mother made killer shrimp dishes for our family every day!

What would you do if you win a million dollars?
Nowadays, a million dollars is really not that much. But if I win a million US dollars, I would buy a resort-style condo somewhere and the balance will go to my family as a gift. :)

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