24 Feb '15, 10am

Ever wondered why Kueh Tu Tu, Kok Kok Noodles, Ding Ding Candy and Lok Lok are named as such? Read more to find out!

As the new Chinese Year of the Ram ticks in, we reflect on just how fast food culture has moved on but are not totally prepared to forget some interestingly noisy aspects of our past food culture. I’m pretty sure you would have noticed and are trying to figure out the catchy headline sounds whilst re-reading it. Lok Lok literally means boil-boil in Cantonese and although they may appear less than fascinating, these sounds, amongst others , actually make up names of some of the most renowned food then and now. For the fans of the small flower shaped steamed cake, Tu Tu may have been a dead giveaway. But when it comes to Kok Kok Mee and Lok Lok, I foresee faces of bewilderment especially amongst those of the Gen Ys’. Of course, the list doesn’t stop here. Besides the mentioned three, who can forget the iconic Ding Ding Candy that is sold at every ‘60s food fair? Although the...

Full article: http://www.makansutra.com/stories/3/1350/TheSoundofFoodTu...

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