About Me

I am Mrs. HBT (Lee Ping), married to Mr. HBT for 26 years. I have 3 children (ages 20, 18 and 13). Currently, we reside in the United States.

Edit: I’m blessed that my girls are older now, and one of them can help me edit this page (and correct my grammar).

I was born in Kuala Terengganu and raised in Klang, Malaysia and came to the US at the age of 17. At about the same time, my parents, 3 younger sisters and a younger brother migrated to New Zealand, and later to Australia. With financial assistance from Mom and Dad, and working in school as a teaching assistant, I obtained an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and masters in Management Information Systems.

My original visions for this blog were to inspire other moms to cook and blog, and to spread some light in this fallen world through the internet realm. When I looked back at some of the articles I wrote, I thought, wow, where did I get the time to do all that? And at other times, I am a little embarrassed at some of the things that I share. These days, I don’t experiment much and I spend less time preparing meals.

Even though my last article published on my main blog was in December 2008, I am still getting emails and comments. So, I don’t intend to close this blog just yet, even though it may relieve some of the pain on my right shoulder.

Spiritual Food page is my journal. When I am inspired to write, I will write. If God wants to use me as His instrument, He will lead people to my blog. Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25). If I say that I believe in Jesus, I must have life. I must not sit around feeling sorry for myself or get angry with the difficult circumstances that I am in. In Jesus, there is no darkness. I must not feel bitter about what others think about me because my Lord is Jesus. He is my good shepherd who gently guides me.

One name that you see commenting on my blog is Linda. She is a sister in Christ. Do stop by Linda’s blog and say hi. She is my penpal. A sweet sweet young lady. When I don’t feel like writing, I tell this sister, “I am passing the baton to you.” We lift each other up with our correspondence privately and publicly at times.

A couple articles published here sometimes are very well written. Well, those are from my Dad, of course. I teamed up with my father to write a few articles. One article was about my Grandpas, both famous chefs in Malaysia. Grandpa Lee opened the first Bah Kut Teh shop in Klang. Grandpa Chong was the chef and caretaker in Mallaig Bungalow in Fraser’s Hill. Another article was about my Grandmas.

I used to drive 5 hours to get a delicious authentic Malaysian food, Taiwanese food, or Chinese food. Now, I rather spend 5 hours preparing the food myself. It is not hard to cook delicious authentic food. Just be prepared to throw out some food a few times…before you are successful.

In the past, I have tried baking cakes from scratch but have always failed. One day, I prayed, “God, I am bringing this cake to the church for a woman’s fellowship. Please help me.” Guess what? God answered my prayers.

Family photo taken in December 2010.

Family photo taken during Christmas 2007.


My husband
He is better known as Dr. HBT (Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors), is older than me but he is always young at heart. His biggest accomplishment after marrying me, other than having 3 beautiful daughters, is he has written three very technical books.


29 responses to “About Me

  1. Bobby Chong


    Looks very good. So when are you coming down to cook for us? Hope to hear from you soon.


  2. Dear Boy,
    Not anytime soon. Good to hear from you. I was about to post on my blog the “Baked Beans” humor that you sent me a while back.

  3. Thank you so much for the very inspirational and touching message. It came at a perfect time and I will pass it on to Payton’s family. Lots of love, Jaden
    p.s. Its very nice to meet you – you have wonderful recipes!

  4. Dear Jaden,

    You are very welcome! I am honored to meet you and I am glad that you like my recipes. You face and writings have a sense of elegance that draws me in.

    God Bless,
    Lee Ping

  5. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful recipes as well as tidbits of your life with your beautiful family. I found you through msia-girl. I love to cook and am inspired by your gorgeous pictures of the wonderful food you make. I am sure your husband and daughters are quite spoiled in a culinary sense!

  6. Dear Kathryn,
    Thank you for coming by my blog and leaving me a comment. Reading your blog reminded me of how blessed I am. You are truly inspirational. Little Chicken (almost 2 years old now) has a good friend at church and he drinks his milk through his stomach. He is down syndrome and was born with a split lip and has gone thru a couple of surgery. One of my good friend has two autistic boys ages 10 and 6. I think God put certain people around me to remind me of how blessed I am.

  7. Hi Lee,

    You have a wonderful blog here. And your intro is very nice, its good to know your family. I am honored in being linked by you. Thanks…


  8. Dear Srivalli,
    You are very welcome. It is my pleasure to link your blog. I love Indian Food. I use saffron and cardamom in my Basmati rice. I look forward to learn more about the different Indian spices that you use.

  9. LP


    Your 3rd young sister and I have the exact same name (even in same spelling 😉

    I am a Malaysian live in Minnesota. I love cooking too but too lazy too cook.

    Your kitchen sure smell good…


  10. Dear LP,
    Your name is LeeNa? What a coincidence!

    You said, “love cooking too but too lazy to cook.” I was at your blog, and I saw a few dishes in your latest postings. Perhaps you can write articles for lazy chefs?

  11. LP

    Hi mrshbt
    You know, I really like the idea “Lazy Chef’s Kitchen”. You made me thinking there…

    Yes and thanks god we don’t have the same last name. That will be so weird. Now, we just have to check whether your sister and I have the same chinese character for our name.


  12. Dear LP,

    The Lee in my sister’s name is the Lee in Polite, 禮.

    You mentioned that you like the idea of Lazy Chef Kitchen. Check this out: http://thelazychef.wordpress.com/

  13. Lee Ping,

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful website with us all. Yes, I love sharing recipes and always enjoy a good chat with a home chef like you. Your site is inspiring and wonderfully arranged. Keep it up, the world needs more sharing!!!


  14. Dear Audrey,

    It is a pleasant surprise to get a comment from the famous lady chef of Malaysia. Thanks for your encouragement.

  15. LP

    Wishing you and your family have a wondeful holiday.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

  16. Wishing u a very Happy 2008!!

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  18. You are from Klang !!!! me too, and still staying Klang 😦

  19. Su

    Dear Mrs HBT,
    It is great to know that another Malaysian living in USA cooks superbly well.. I hope to learn a lot from your blog.. need to cook good food too.. 🙂

    Thank you so much for the great blog!


  20. Hi Mrs HBT,

    I like your blog. It’s interesting. I have my food blog to share with you, too. Do come visit mine. Thanks!

  21. May J.

    Greetings Mrs.HBT.

    I was searching online and stumbled upon your blog-i am from Port Klang, and am currently residing in the US ! Klang Caught my eye on your blog, and am delighted to come across your page! 🙂

  22. Charming

    I came across your site from another blog, Khong family, I think.
    Thanks for sharing.

  23. Pin

    Absolutely a very touching about us section, I love it. Happy chinese new year to you and family. I stumbled into your side 🙂

  24. Hi Mrs. HBT (Lee Ping),
    Thank you for the email. I ‘ve spoken to my dad about your family write up, he knows your family very well especially your uncle hong chong from Bangsar who is an ex kirby trained teacher. Your uncle(Speak fluent Hainanese) knows my dad very well and they usually meet with friends from ex Fraser’s Hill schoolmate for hi tea gathering, trips and wedding.(Senior Citizen only). He recall a bit regarding your dad ( yong ). There is also another good friend of your family by the name of Tan Kia Meng (Boh Tar) ex civil servant, he goes to the same church with my parent maybe your dad know him well from Glen (KTM) Bungalow. This is a small world indeed. I try to post some photo on my first posting but rejected.(how to sent photo?) My uncle who work in Fraser’s Hill is Lim Fung Jeow (Jeow) in his 70’s and still employed by Sime Darby.
    GOD Bless
    Best Regards

  25. Hi Lee Ping

    You can go to my blogspot and just below bloglist to search for An English Affair with Fraser’s Hill (Butterfly) and click. I’ve gather some photos and create this blog. Both me and June are Christian and we attended Methodist Church around our P.J area. We love Jesus.


  26. Lee

    Hi Lee Ping,
    I happened to stumbled upon your web page on the steam pau recipe. The thing that draws me is the fact that you made known that Christ is part of your life.
    I am also a Malaysian who loves Christ and cooking! Glad to know you.

    Lee, DFW

  27. Lydia

    Hi Lee Ping!

    I stumbled upon your site when I was looking for Taiwanese Beef Noodle (Niu Rou Mein) recipe. I recently moved to Texas and I am now in US for more than a year . I am craving for Malaysian food all the time and I am not a good cook at all, at least I don’t think so. Hahaha! My younger brother is a really good cook.

    Anyway, I can’t believe you’re a follow believer in Christ, just like I am. Keep it up and God bless!

    Lydia, Arlington, TX

  28. Victoria

    Dear, Mrs. HBT,

    You are an amazing cook! Thank you so much for providing us with this website, so we may make all of your delicious recipes! I stumbled on your web page after looking for a good ham and corn bun recipe through google. You were the first result! It was my first time making bread from scratch, and it was so successful! My family thanks you. 🙂 I will keep an eye out for possible future recipes from this website.

    San Francisco, CA

  29. susan tan

    happened to chance upon your blog while searching for some CNY cookies recipes,.I am very impressed with how you would glorify God in everything, putting your trust and have 1000% faith in Jesus. it helps to remind me that Jesus is in control, very inspiring thank you! God bless

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