April 10, 2007

the kolonel's secret recipe

Bird's Nest, Ginseng, Golden Mushrooms, Red Dates, Sea Cucumber. Everything herbal and natural is what you'll find in a chinese medicinal shop. In the old days, these shops were in the older parts of the city. All the drawers and shelves were made of wood. This, coupled with the various roots and herbs gave off a musky yet comforting scent. Whatever you bought was wrapped in waxed brown paper. You'd be hard pressed to find such shops these days. As you can see here, glass, plastic and steel have replaced wood. Yes yes, save the trees and all that but the bloody fluorescent lights!


Anonymous kris said...

looking around my eyes last night, i need bird's nest to lesson the lines!

4:18 PM  
Blogger Olivier said...

c'est bete que les vieilles boutiques perdent ce monopoles. En France aussi on avait des petites boutiques d'herboristes, mais elles se meurent car on trouvent les mêmes produits dans les grands magasins (mais on n'a plus le contact avec le vendeur)

it is stupid which the old shops lose this monopolies. In France also there were small shops of herbalists, but they die because one find the same products in the department stores (but there is not any more the contact with the salesman)

9:12 PM  
Anonymous annulla said...

We still have a few of the old-fashioned Chinese herbs shops but they are rapidly disappearing here, too. Sad.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Keropok Man said...

next time you visit Singapore, drop by this shop first!

err.. the bird's nest would be nice.


1:00 AM  
Anonymous Rudy said...

Boy oh boy, I wish I was standing right where you were... I am craving the half of the stuff in here.

9:47 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Really Kris? Does Bird's Nest help? I better stock up!

I guess everything has to make way for what we term as 'progress' but it's such a pity that these little parts of our culture have to fade away.

K'pok, you aso want Bird's Nest! I don't remember seeing wrinkles on your face :)

Rudy, what you craving for?

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Nathalie said...


And I really enjoy reading about your memories of ye ole days...
Things do change fast, don't they?

2:27 PM  
Blogger AphotoAday said...

It is so interesting seeing these shots of Kuala Lumpur... You've taken some really interesting shots here, and I am really enjoying reading your commentary...
I'm lucky because I have San Francisco's Chinatown nearby -- it is always so much fun to explore...
Again, very nice photos !

6:34 AM  

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