Is this what I really long for?
Not family nor even friends,
But only the many delights
Of the local cuisine back home.
From sock-filtered ‘Nanyang’ coffee roasted in margarine,
To the carefully produced nine-layered ‘Kuih Lapis’ cake,
And succulent chicken rice that’s pressure-cooked to perfection,
To the humble carrot (turnip) cake well fried in lard and black soy sauce.
All this I miss, and much more.
A glutton am I, no less,
The pangs of my hunger cannot be satiated,
Oh, that I would be able to partake of them once again!
© 2017 S Phua