This morning was perfect for my Tom Yum adventure in my kitchen. Sis took Mom to the Sungai Buloh plant nursery, hubby at work, daughter in playschool and I was in my darling kitchen enjoying my private time making Tom Yum Goong. Pure satisfaction! No interruptions, no phone calls, no renovation next door, just blissfully doing my stuffs. Don't get me wrong, I totally enjoy family and friends but sometimes, time set aside just for myself is also very important for my self rejuvenation.
Growing up in Penang, I got to savour this lovely dish very often. Since moving down South to Kuala Lumpur, my chances of cooking this has disappeared pretty much overnight. Food I used to enjoy while growing up has dearly been missed and forgotten. This is not because I don't eat it anymore but it is pretty difficult to get really fresh shellfish (la la) to cook this dish, most of them sold in the local markets here are pretty much half dead and very unappealing. I managed to whip up this mainly because I miss it so much and knowing it would not taste as good as the ones sold in the Penang markets, I didn't want to think, I just did it.