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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Gone On Vacation!


I will be unplugged and off the grid, pallies.

Thank you all for stopping by today. See you soon!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Ipoh White Coffee

Some time back, I shared a post about crunchy mung bean sprouts and super-smooth tofu that my hometown, Ipoh, is famous for.  I've forgotten  to mention about our  unique white coffee!

Lonely Planet named Ipoh as one of the top three best coffee spots in Asia and it's all because of our very famous white coffee!

Travel guide book publisher Lonely Planet collaborated with coffee-obsessed travel writers and journalists on a mission to discover the finest cafes, espresso bars, roasteries and plantations in more than 35 countries around the world. And Ipoh came out tops!
The taster's guide titled "Global Coffee Tour" describes our cup of joe as "hot, sweet and almost buttery in taste."

The book is packed with over 150 amazing coffee experiences in 37 countries, from its birthplace in East Africa, to modern-day Cuba, the United States, Australia and the UK.

The page from Lonely Planet
Source - NST
The humble kopitiam/kedai kopi.  Kopitiam is coffee shop in Chinese and kedai kopi in Malay.
image source - The Star
The interior of the coffee shop
image credit -  Sharing Plates

A little history about our famous white coffee.


According to Insider,  the white coffee is NYC's hottest new java!


Musings Of A Tired Mummy

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Look Twice

Can you guess what this is?

It's a totally unedited photograph of the skylight of a local mall.

My son Rodney captured it on his phone.

Would you have guessed?

It looks more like a computer generated image than a photograph, don't you agree?

Musings Of A Tired Mummy

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hakka

Hakka Daikon Meatballs
My paternal grandma passed when I was twelve years old and sadly, many of our traditional family recipes died with her. Grandma was illiterate. She knew all her recipes by memory and never used any measuring devices. She eyeballed everything.

A week ago,  my dad said he missed his mom's *Hakka radish meatballs, a family favourite  we hadn't eaten for a very long time. Dad's sole surviving sibling, my aunt, the only person who knows how to prepare that dish is now in a nursing home.  But dementia has stolen the recipe from her.

I searched the internet for this very traditional dish, expecting images to pop up everywhere: Google, Pinterest, Instagram, etc but surprisingly, I only managed to find  two bloggers sharing this Hakka dish. The rest appeared to be  just recipes copied/shared  from these two sources.

Strange, but all the Hakka restaurants in Malaysia I've visited so far do not have this dish on their menu either!

*I am a 4th generation Malaysian Hakka. Hakka translates as "guest".  The Hakkas were a Chinese tribe who turned nomadic due to social calamities. They wound up in various parts of China, largely in the south and throughout the world. Since they were migrants, they were regarded as guests, hence the name.
Living under very harsh conditions and in strange lands, the Hakka people became very resilient. We, Hakka women, are known for our spunk and fierce nature!

When The Hubs, who is *Teochew, told his grandma he was going to marry me, she warned him that he would be marrying a very fierce woman!

*Teochew - a different Chinese tribe

I  made these from the recipe of  Kit Wai's Kitchen
Dad said these turned out pretty good but they did not taste quite like the ones Grandma used to make.

Hakka Daikon Meatballs

Ingredients :
300g grated Daikon, squeezed slightly dry
minced pork 300g
shredded dried squid 50g , soaked
dried shrimps 50g , soaked
minced garlic 1tbsp
oil 2tbsp

Seasoning :
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp sesame oil
tapioca flour 100g


Method :

1. Heat oil in a wok . Fry minced garlic , dried shrimps and shredded squid until fragrant. Remove and leave to cool .

2. Place all ingredients and seasonings into a bowl and mix well .

3. Place meat filling onto palm then clench it with your fist to squeeze the filling out from the index finger side of the fist . Shape filling into a ball . Place onto a steaming tray coated with a thin layer of oil .

4. Once water is boiling , steam over high heat for about 15 minutes until cooked .

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Manja Is A Dad!



Remember Manja, the ornery old goat? I was really surprised and delighted to discover that he's now a father of 2 adorable kids when we visited Uncle Beng during the Chinese New Year!

According to Uncle Beng, Manja's owner got the old billy a mate and now they have 2 beautiful daughters!

Manja's mate and their 2 kids
Manja, the proud father

Isn't she a darling!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Say NO To Toothpaste In A Box

Alan's Theory needs your help with “Colgate-Palmolive: Why Toothpaste Comes In A Box?”. Join Alan's and 36,675 supporters today.

I've just signed the petition. Hope you will join me too.



SIGN the petition on change. org HERE and let's make toothpaste come without boxes!!


Excerpt from Alan Theory's petition page.


Official campaign hashtag: #NOBOXTOOTHPASTE

Why does toothpaste come in a box?

Toothpaste is used by two-thirds of the world’s population on a daily basis. The box makes it more expensive for the makers and consumers, and the only thing we do with it is to throw it away.

Then why? what's the point?!

I did my research, and this is what I found: ¨Toothpaste comes in a box because it looks better¨.

That’s right, and If we consider each person using an average of 3 tubes per year, that´s more than 900,000,000 useless boxes a year only in the United States.

But, there are places where this is done differently, for example, Iceland. The same brands that sell millions of boxed toothpaste tubes in the USA, sell their product's without the box in Iceland. This means that it is 100% doable

Step1: Buy only Toothpaste that comes without a box, I know it´s hard, but if we all do it, it will be hard only for a short time. So stick to it.

Step 2: Tag on this campaign anyone you know that works in the government or in the toothpaste industry

Step 3: Spread the word, share this information so that in one year from today, we can buy toothpastes everywhere without generation billions of tons of unnecessary garbage


Sometimes it feels like we live in a society that is out of our control, but the truth is that big changes, start with ideas and motivation. Here is an idea, let's get rid of the toothpaste boxes. Are you in?

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Chinese New Year 2019

2019 heralds The Year Of The Pig. So if you're born in the  years 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007, you are a pig and this is your year!

Famous piggies include Elton John, Stephen King and Hillary Clinton.

According to a FengShui master, 2019 is generally a great year to make money, and a good year to invest!

The porcine year promises to be a year full of joy and blessings, especially for piggies.



Our local malls are a sight to behold.
image source -  1 Utama Shopping Centre Facebook
image source - Pavilion KL Facebook
image source - Queensbay Mall (Facebook)



Happy Chinese New Year, pallies!

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Buffalo Whisperer

Now these photos are a sight for sore eyes. Instead of teens staring down at their digital devices, here's a shirtless boy having good old-fashioned fun with his BFFs (buffalo best friends).
image credit - Ghazali Kori
image credit - Mohd Nazri Sulaiman
14-year old Mohd Syukur from Terengganu, Malaysia, has become an internet sensation for his extraordinary bond with the cattle in his family's buffalo enclosure.
image credit - Dollah Dean
His unique interaction with the animals has attracted photographers from all over the world and even bagged an award for a local photographer in an international photography competition.
The winning entry by Mohd Nazri Sulaiman titled "Sharing Emotion"
"I am not proud that I became viral. I am just happy because people used to put my father down for working as a buffalo breeder. But today, I am happy to make my father proud and to be able to change people's perception towards what my father does for a living," he said when interviewed at his home in Kampung Banggol Katong.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Seflie

I bumped into my former neighbours this morning and noticed that the daughter was wearing a shoulder sling. I was told  she slipped and fell off a rock while taking a selfie.

A couple of months back, I watched a YouTube video of a baby plunging to her death when she slipped out of her mom's arms while they were on a mall escalator in India.  The mom lost her balance and grip on the baby when she was taking a wefie with her husband. I couldn't get the image out of my mind. It was horrifying.

It saddens and maddens me when I read about stuff like this.

Really, what is it about a self-portrait that's worth risking your life or someone else's?

Interestingly, I read somewhere that India has the most deaths by selfies.




I blame social media. I think people are taking risks because they are subconsciously pressured into creating such content for their followers.

Is our life worth just one photo?

On a lighter note, this image  appeared on my FB feed and it made me smile!  I just had to share it!
image source -
Parthesh Modathy
The perfect duck face!!   LOL!!!

Would you risk your life for the perfect selfie?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Of Limestone Hills and Mung Bean Sprouts

Can you believe the rock on the left of the photo is 280 million years old!?

Yep, this 14-storey-high limestone outcrop in my hometown, Ipoh,  is a geological wonder and one of only four such formations in the world! The others are located in Guilin (China), Halong Bay (Vietnam) and Phuket (Thailand).

Interestingly, did you know that Ipoh boasts of producing the best mung bean sprouts in the world?

The secret?  Thanks to the hard water from the limestone hills that surround the town, the bean sprouts grown here are very crunchy and juicy.

People from all over Malaysia and overseas flock to Ipoh just to have a taste of our very unique bean sprouts!


It is said that the best tofu and the prettiest girls (because of their smooth-as-tofu skin) come from Ipoh, again thanks to the limestone water from the hills!

The name Ipoh is derived from a local tree, Pohon Epu or now more commonly known as Pokok Ipoh. The poisonous sap of the tree was once used by the indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia to coat the tips of the darts of their blowpipes for hunting.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Winged Bean

Question: What is long and green and has 4 frilly edges?
Answer: A winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus).

Also known as four-angled bean in Chinese and kacang botol in Malay (literally translated as bottle bean), the winged bean has 4 frilly winged edges and tastes like something between an asparagus and a snow pea.

I was never a big fan of this bean until I found out recently that it has many beauty and health benefits.

5 reasons why you should include winged beans in your diet.

PREVENTS PREMATURE AGEING
Winged beans help prevent premature ageing as these are packed with Vitamins A and C that work as antioxidants.

PROMOTES SKIN ELASTICITY
The high content of antioxidants present in winged beans ensures that the skin maintains its elasticity and keeps it looking young.

HELPS PREVENT NEUTRAL-TUBE DEFECTS IN NEWBORN BABIES
Winged beans are a rich source of folate, an essential component for DNA synthesis and cell division. Adequate folate in the diet around conception and during pregnancy may help prevent neural-tube defects in the newborn baby.

HIGH IN PROTEIN
Winged bean seeds are also found to rival the protein quality and quantity of soybeans

RICH IN CALCIUM
Winged beans are rich in calcium and phosphorus which are important for keeping the teeth and bones strong.

Sambal Kacang Botol

A Malaysian recipe to share

WINGED BEANS FRIED IN SAMBAL AND DRIED SHRIMPS

INGREDIENTS
10 winged beans, sliced at a slant

Sambal Paste
6  red chilies
2 cloves garlic
2 shallots
1 tbsp belacan (shrimp paste)
3 tbsp dried shrimps

DIRECTIONS
1. Place Sambal Paste ingredients into a food processor and blend to a paste.
2. Heat up 2 tbsp oil in wok and fry sambal paste until oil separates.
3. Turn up heat, add winged beans and stir fry for about a minute.
4. Plate and serve

Enjoy!


Have you tried winged beans?