Vegan Curry Buns

For a first try, these came out fant­astic. Gave three of them from my prized horde to the build­ing man­ager — and he liked it.

Vegan curry bun, from Mary's Test Kitchen.Need­less to say, I quaffed the rest down, includ­ing the 5 oth­ers bak­ing in the oven while this photo was taken.

Spe­cial thanks to Mary Lin of Mary’s Test Kit­chen fame. Ever since I saw the video of her curry bun recipe, I have been plagued by day­dreams of dig­ging into one of these truly sump­tu­ous freshly-baked pastries.


GST, now Yesterday’s News.

Remem­ber how we Malay­si­ans were up in arms over the GST?

Such good times com­pared to the RM 2.6 bil­lion “dona­tion” in Najib’s per­sonal bank account.


I salute thee, fellow tubist.

Fine. It is tech­nic­ally a sousa­phone, but I didn’t play it as often as a tuba.

Story here.

Via Cit­izen Radio.


Standard Indignation Form

Have some­thing to say about vegans and vegan­ism? This stand­ard form is now avail­able for down­load so we can save both our times. It even cov­ers hedon­ists (who call them­selves Epicureans).

Stand­ard Indig­na­tion Form


Vegan Pizza ver 0.2

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Because ver­sion 0.1 was not pho­to­graphed. Top­pings are soy pro­tein, tomato sauce, and a con­coc­tion of vegan cheese I made by blend­ing almond with corn starch, salt, pep­per, gar­lic, and lemon juice.

I give it a 2 out of 5. No prob­lems with the top­pings, my pizza crust bak­ing skills still have a long way to go, since this is more crunchy than crunchy-on-the-outside-but-soft-on-the-inside.

What I learnt

Vegan “cheese” can be made at home, though I reckon any nut would work as long as you don’t mind the tex­ture, and my cheese was essen­tially a liquid splat­ter that would only firm up after bak­ing. How’s that for home cook­ing experiments!

For a version 0.2, it was still very satisfying.


Philip Wollen — Respect Life


Why I remain a Vegan.

I denied caring about animal cruelty for a long time since a high school friend asked me when I was 15 why I opposed the hunt­ing of sharks for shark-fin soup. His was of course a trick ques­tion. If I answered “cruelty”, I would have to con­cede that the chick­ens and fish I ate should be off the menu. I chose the coward’s option, unwill­ing to give up tasty fried-chicken by answer­ing I opposed on the grounds of spe­cies extinction.

My high school friend gave an answer that explained my thought pro­cess, and we never spoke of the issue again. The ques­tion though, was never forgotten.

Recently on Twit­ter, I got into a very heated argu­ment with Sen Wai which spir­alled out of con­trol because I have the tend­ency to jump down people’s throats on issues I care deeply about — espe­cially because now that I am facing the inher­ent cruelty anim­als face from farm to table, anim­als on plat­ters which would have appealed to me at a 15-year-old cause me intense anguish, though for social­ising pur­poses, I have had to hide my sad­ness because that would ruin the mood. Cer­tainly I could be a prick about it, but I reserve that exclus­ively for my online per­sona, where mal­le­able social struc­tures mean I can be unapo­lo­getic about my con­cern for anim­als. Often in real life, I sug­gest cook­ing for my friends so I can choose the menu and still be sociable.

These are my reas­ons for being vegan:

  1. Unne­ces­sary animal cruelty.
  2. Envir­on­mental degradation.

In that order, since I was a veget­arian for the envir­on­ment first. Though the sci­ence is pretty con­clus­ive on the impacts of eat­ing anim­als, for the bene­fit of fair­ness to the oppos­i­tion, which was how I became a vegan in the first place, I shall read a sug­ges­ted book Meat: A Benign Exper­i­ence, and see if it moves me enough to say animal hus­bandry is not the lead­ing cause of envir­on­mental degrad­a­tion, but one of the lead­ing causes instead.

Just in case people wrongly assume I am simply advoc­at­ing for vegan­ism in exclu­sion to everything else, I am pay­ing $5 extra every month to sup­port a solar pro­ject in my cur­rent city of res­id­ence, have joined numer­ous peti­tions tar­get­ing green­house gas emit­ting indus­tries, and donated to So yeah, I am as abso­lut­ist on vegan­ism as I am on the need for future clean energy, and redu­cing reli­ance on fossil fuel industries.

Tak­ing into account all the evid­ence, let’s assume priv­ileged meat eat­ers take the effort to source their animal car­cases in a man­ner that is sus­tain­able. In fact lets go all the way and say we live in a world which is cap­able of pro­du­cing bil­lions upon bil­lions of farm anim­als with no det­ri­mental effect towards the envir­on­ment. Vegan­ism still begs the ques­tion, is it necessary?

Mine will always remain no. In every meal I choose to take the path of least cruelty (in before pesti­cides kill bugs), vot­ing with my wallet.

This is my argu­ment from moral clar­ity, made as a moral agent with the choice of choos­ing to harm or not to harm animals.

The What Ifs

This sec­tion is to respond to com­ments whether via the web or through email. Since this piece focuses upon the eth­ics, I shall only address eth­ical ques­tions that are genu­inely troubling.

  • What about animal testing?
    • Is it neces­sary? Sci­entific research has eth­ics com­mit­tees, ideally inde­pend­ent to determ­ine if animal test­ing research is neces­sary if cruelty is an inev­it­able out­come of the exper­i­mental design. I trust my col­leagues to make the right choices. The choice between the human life and non-human life is a decision I am too much of a cow­ard to make. Choices I thank­fully never have to make because I study plants.