A recent shopping trip in Johor Bahru brought me into eye contact with a childhood delicacy that I have not savoured for the last 30 years or so.
Yes, it was the Sweet-and-Sour Pickled Leek. In my native colloquial Penang Hokkien, we call it “Lor Gio” (蕎頭 – in Mandarin).
Without hesitation, I bought a kilogram, and finished half of that within 10 minutes. Ooh, the sweetness accompanied by a tinge of sourness, in 80:20 ratio – my taste buds came alive again, and saliva glands went into overdrive !
Alas, that awesome childhood memory re-run was so overwhelming that I did not realize the seller had ripped 50 ringgit off my wallet in 2 seconds.
Upon reaching home, reality set in – and the 80:20 ratio became 20:80, and I felt like wanting to pickle that seller 00:100