Two Women and A Half Man …a cooking journey with mum and grandma in beautiful Mauritius…

Hakka Noodle

Hakka Noodle

I watched my mother make Hakka noodle from scratch last year and amazingly it is a very simple process. I still remember the smell of the freshly made noodle mixed simply with spring onion, garlic and soy sauce – the perfect lunch.  

Hakka Chinese Sausage

Hakka Chinese Sausage

Hakka Chinese sausage also known as ‘Niong Chong’ in Mauritian Hakka is a very popular sausage made primarily of pork marinated with Mauritian Rum. My mother will always make this in Summer when it is hot and sunny because you will need to dry the sausages under the sun for at least a week. She […]

Grandma Tofu

Grandma Tofu

…that night I saw grandma soaking the soy beans. I knew she would be making tofu the following morning. As a matter of fact, I’m awaken by a loud and roaring sound. It’s 5 am and the grinding machine was in full swing turning the soaked soy beans into soy milk. This was my earliest […]

South Coast Drive

South Coast Drive

The south coast of Mauritius is also known as the wild coast and driving along this coast offers the most spectacular views. Start your journey from Le Morne in the South West and drive east to Choisy, Baie du Cap, Bel Ombre, and make a stop at Gris Gris in Souillac. And then from Souillac, […]

Port Louis - Capital and Harbour of Mauritius

Port Louis – Capital and Harbour of Mauritius

Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. It is situated on the West coast and is a forty minutes drive from the airport. Port Louis is the largest city of the island and the only harbour. The main attractions in Port Louis are the Champ de Mars for horse racing, “Marie Reine De La Paix” […]

Tamarin - Les Salines

Tamarin – Les Salines

Tamarin is a small fishing village situated on the West coast of Mauritius and is only a short drive from Flic en Flac. Tamarin is a popular surfing spot on the island and is also the place for the main salt pan in Mauritius – Les Salines. Over the years, Tamarin has seen considerable residential development […]

Vindaye - Octopus and Fish

Vindaye – Octopus and Fish

Vindaye is a typical Mauritian curry paste made of tumeric, mustard seeds, and garlic. Vindaye paste is traditionally made on “roche cari” as depicted in the pictures below, however you can easily buy ready made vindaye paste in specialty grocery shops. Vindaye curry is best used with seafood such as fish, calamari, and octopus. Served […]

Kite Surfing at Le Morne

Kite Surfing at Le Morne

Le Morne is a small windy village situated on the South West coast of Mauritius only a 20 minutes drive from Flic en Flac, well known for surfing, kite surf, and paragliding. The village is situated in Le Morne peninsula where one of the mountains, Le Morne Brabant has been listed in the Unesco World […]

Sweet and Sour Crab

Sweet and Sour Crab

Sweet and sour crab has to be one of my favourite dishes. Mum prepares this dish for me every time I go back on holiday, and since it is my favourite dish I have made sure that I learn to prepare it and trust me it isn’t that hard – it’s all in the balance […]

Satini Coco

Satini Coco

Satini coco is a very popular Mauritian food which translates into coconut chutney in english. Back in the days, satini coco was traditionally made using a manual rock grinder called “roche cari” in Mauritian Creole. Nowadays, you can use a blender or a pestle and mortar. Satini coco is widely used as an accompaniment to […]

Niouk Yen - Choko and Meat Dumplings

Niouk Yen – Choko and Meat Dumplings

“Niouk yen” is definitely a candidate for the national dish of Mauritius. More popularly known as “boulette” on the island, this rounded steamed dumpling is primarily made of choko vegetable(chayote) and mince pork. “Niouk yen” is a traditional Hakka food and the recipe has been passed on by Chinese Mauritians for generations. There are many […]

Flic en Flac - Mauritius Longest Beach

Flic en Flac – Mauritius Longest Beach

The sun rises in the east and sets at Flic en Flac. From a small fishing village on the west coast of Mauritius, Flic en Flac has grown into Mauritius second tourist destination after Grand Baie. Today, the town is buzzing with restaurants, cafe and bars, nightclubs, and world class resorts such as the Sugar […]

Chinese Hakka Buns - Pow

Chinese Hakka Buns – Pow

Chinese bun also known as “pow” in Hakka is a popular dish among the Chinese community in Mauritius. The filling can either be sweet or savoury. My personal favourite is the char siu filling along with star anise stewed soya egg. For the sweet tooth, anything from sugar to peanut butter will do as filling. […]

Sugar Beach Resort

Sugar Beach Resort

Situated on the western coastal village of Flic en Flac, the Sugar Beach resort is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sand, sun, and sea of Mauritius. The resort boasts with over half a kilometre of sandy beaches, along with more than 12 hectares featuring beautiful landscaped tropical gardens with contemporary plantation-style architecture. […]

Cap Malheureux - Nothing Sad About It

Cap Malheureux – Nothing Sad About It

Cap Malheureux is a small fishing village situated on the northernmost tip of Mauritius. The name Cap Malheureux translates into the “Sad Cape” in english, even though there’s nothing sad about this place. A magnificent view of the “Coin de mire” island is enough to enlighten your day. Cap Malheureux is only a short drive […]

Pereybere Afternoon Swim

Pereybere Afternoon Swim

Pereybere is a coastal village situated in north west of the Mauritius popular for its beach and shallow warm lagoon. The best time of the day to go for a swim at Pereybere is in the afternoon when it is less crowded as you watch the sun sets away in the horizon. The lagoon of […]

Grandma Kitchen

Grandma Kitchen

This is the outdoor kitchen where grandma does her cooking. Equipped with traditional cookware and firewood, the best dishes are cooked here in the outdoor. The stone cooking stove hasn’t changed a bit since I left in 2001 and the flavour has remained the same in the food cooked here. The charcoal left from burning […]

Grandma At Work

Grandma At Work

Inspirational. A part of grandma daily routine consists of feeding the chicken and watering her plants. On the occasions, there is the DIY project which includes building her wooden veggie patch and separating rice from husks.  

Grandma Place

Grandma Place

Situated on the very busy and noisy Brabant street, Port Louis, this is the place where I grew up, and left when I was 18 to Australia. The red door at the entrance is very hard to miss from anyone driving on Brabant street during the day. The narrow stairs lead to grandma’s rooftop garden […]

The Second Home

The Second Home

My second home, where I wish I have spent more time while growing up.      

Five Spice Soy Stewed Eggs
Five Spice Soy Stewed Eggs

Five spice mix and soy sauce are widely used ingredients in Chinese cuisine. Combine these two ingredients together along with some crushed garlic and red wine to make the most delicious cooking marinade.  

Taro Fingers Snack
Taro Fingers Snack

Looking for an idea for a party snack? Impress your friends and family with this taro and minced pork amuse-bouche. Consisting of taro, mince pork, Chinese mushrooms, and dried shrimp, this snack is packed with flavor and easy to make.  

Hakka Noodle
Hakka Noodle

I watched my mother make Hakka noodle from scratch last year and amazingly it is a very simple process. I still remember the smell of the freshly made noodle mixed simply with spring onion, garlic and soy sauce – the perfect lunch.  

Mi Cao Pan – Hakka Rice Pancakes
Mi Cao Pan - Hakka Rice Pancakes

Mi cao pan is a traditional Hakka pancake made from rice flour. My mother will prepare this dish in the morning and we will have it for lunch. Eat the pancake with a soy garlic sauce or if you have a sweet tooth, you can eat it with Ketchup Manis.  

Hakka Chinese Sausage
Hakka Chinese Sausage

Hakka Chinese sausage also known as ‘Niong Chong’ in Mauritian Hakka is a very popular sausage made primarily of pork marinated with Mauritian Rum. My mother will always make this in Summer when it is hot and sunny because you will need to dry the sausages under the sun for at least a week. She […]

Mauritius Chinese New Year
Mauritius Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year to me is all about family and food. So a few days before the eve of CNY, grandma would call me, “hey, come help me slaughter the chickens, and make sure you come early for the service offering“. So on the day, I arrived at her place at around 9 am. She […]

Grandma Tofu
Grandma Tofu

…that night I saw grandma soaking the soy beans. I knew she would be making tofu the following morning. As a matter of fact, I’m awaken by a loud and roaring sound. It’s 5 am and the grinding machine was in full swing turning the soaked soy beans into soy milk. This was my earliest […]

Shrimp Chutney – Satini Chevrette
Shrimp Chutney - Satini Chevrette

“Satini chevrette” is a traditional Maurtian Creole food which translates into shrimp chutney in english. This dish is normally eaten with rice, but my favourite has to be “satini chevrette” in a freshly baked baguette along with some lettuce. Other people prefer to have it with crepes or noodles. The point is that this is a very versatile dish […]

Pork and Tofu Stew with Fermented Rice
Pork and Tofu Stew with Fermented Rice

This is a classic Mauritian Hakka dish, also known as “foung moune chou niouk” which basically translates into pork stewed in red sauce” and the red sauce is obtained by using fermented rice – also known as “kiouk” in Hakka. I grew up eating this dish both at my parents’ and grandparents’ place and it […]

South Coast Drive
South Coast Drive

The south coast of Mauritius is also known as the wild coast and driving along this coast offers the most spectacular views. Start your journey from Le Morne in the South West and drive east to Choisy, Baie du Cap, Bel Ombre, and make a stop at Gris Gris in Souillac. And then from Souillac, […]

Mauritius – Grand Bassin Crater Lake
Mauritius - Grand Bassin Crater Lake

Grand Bassin, also known as Ganga Talao is natural crater lake situated in the mountain area of Savanne district, South of the island. What makes this lake special is that it is the most sacred place for Mauritian Hindus who make the pilgrimage bare feet from their homes to the lake during the Shivaratri festival. There […]

Port Louis – Capital and Harbour of Mauritius
Port Louis - Capital and Harbour of Mauritius

Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. It is situated on the West coast and is a forty minutes drive from the airport. Port Louis is the largest city of the island and the only harbour. The main attractions in Port Louis are the Champ de Mars for horse racing, “Marie Reine De La Paix” […]

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