Welcome to Yi Jun Lo’s Pantry! In each installment of this series, a recipe developer will share with us the pantry items essential to their cooking. This month, we’re exploring seven staples stocking Jun’s Malaysian kitchen.
“Malaysia, Truly Asia.” It’s the singsong slogan my country is known for, blared in our travel ads across the world, with scenes of brilliant blue seas and dew-dropped rainforest accompanying the tune. While lush greenery and picture-perfect beaches are what many think of when it comes to the country, I’ve always thought they don’t show off just how “truly Asian” Malaysia is. To me, there’s no better example than our food. It’s where I see, smell, and taste the true extent of our multicultural, multifaceted country—without the need for any slogan-slinging or airbrushed ads.