30 Jan '13, 5pm

Sweet sips from way back when…

Sweet sips from way back when…

When I was little, my cousins and I used to raid the fridge in the back room of my grandmother's house, stocked -- just for us -- with boxes of sweetened soy milk, cans of fizzy soda and drinkable cane sugar. We would grab our loot and before the adults could scold us, we would sprint out to the porch to ward off the blistering Sacramento heat with our ice-cold beverages. These pleasant summer memories came rushing back during a trip to Malaysia. We had just eaten what felt like a years' worth of delicious food -- pungent spicy mutton stew, steaming homemade just-pinched dumplings, creamy fetid durian meat. "Drink tea! Cool down," my friend Matthew said, beckoning us to the pot of liquid he had stirring on the table. Chinese people believe that if you eat too many foods that are "yeet hay" (translated: "hot air") -- fried, spicy or rich foods that can cause pimples, mouth ...

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