Monday 30 September 2019

Melt In The Mouth Char Siew Or Chinese BBQ Pork

I normally make char siew or Chinese bbq pork using my oven but this time I wanted to try an easier way to avoid cleaning up the oven. This time I used a non-stick frying pan to cook my char siew.

After washing the pork belly, it was patted dry with a kitchen paper towel. I marinated the pork belly and kept it overnight in the fridge. Ingredients for marinate: nam yue (red fermented bean curd), sugar, oyster sauce, honey or maltose, chopped garlic, dark sauce, Chinese cooking wine and salt.
Place the pork belly and sauce into a non-stick frying pan. Add water to rinse the remaining sauce and add to the frying pan. Once the sauce started to boil, simmer over low fire.
Make sure the sauce is not dried up. Turn once or twice and simmer until cooked. Let the sauce thicken like the above.
My melt in the mouth char siew (Chinese bbq pork).
This char siew cooked in a non-stick frying pan tastes better than cooked in an oven. From now on, whenever I feel like eating melt in the mouth char siew, I can easily make it myself.
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That evening, we were having dinner in our friend's house. Together with the char siew, I fried egg omelette with chopped salted preserved vegetable (tai tau choy).
 The char siew and egg omelette went into the tiffin carrier to take to my friend's house.
At our friend's house, we stir fried sweet potato leaves (from my garden) with spicy sambal paste.
Our friend boiled this tasty old cucumber soup and she also cooked rice. It was a delightful and satisfying dinner enjoyed by 3 friends.

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new
and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think.
Then you will learn from your own experience
how his ways will really satisfy you.
(Romans 12:2, The Living Bible-TLB)

Saturday 28 September 2019

Chinese Rojak Snack At A Roadside Stall, Bercham

One afternoon, my friends and I had an enjoyable afternoon snack a roadside stall in Bercham. This roadside stall is selling Chinese rojak (salad Chinese style) in front of No. 947, Lorong Bercham 1,  Kampung Bercham, Bercham.

The first time I came to know about this popular Chinese rojak was from a friend who stayed in Bercham. Customers queue in line for this delicious rojak. The stall opens for business at about 2.30 pm to 3.00 pm. It so happened that both times we were there, there was no long queue.
 We had just eaten our lunch and just want something to munch on. Someone suggested rojak and that was how we came to this place.
 Chinese rojak is a mixture of assorted fruits such as yam bean, cucumber, green mangoes, pineapples, guava, water spinach, prawn crackers and etc. It is mixed with a thick sweet black sauce and chili paste  and topped with ground peanuts.
 This is one of our favourite snacks.
 When I was young, I used to lick clean all the remaining sauce from the plate which I don't do now.
 One of the hazy mornings at 7:20 am.
During one of my early morning walks, I passed by these 2 dogs. Both were seated at the edge of the walking path and both were facing the same direction. Something interesting must have captured their attention.

Linking to Saturday's Critters.

I close my letter with these last words: Be happy. Grow in Christ.
Pay attention to what I have said. Live in harmony and peace.
And may the God of love and peace be with you.
(2 Corinthians 13:11, The Living Bible-TLB)

Friday 27 September 2019

Simple Breakfast & Simple Home Cooked Dinner

The day started with a beautiful sunrise. This was before the haze came upon us.
 Morning sky at 7:07 am
We didn't go for our early morning walk so we went out for breakfast at our regular coffee shop.
 I ordered a herbal egg tea.
 Hubby's black coffee and my herbal egg tea.
 Breakfast treat from a friend.
 2 other friends joined us for breakfast that morning.
A friend shared their mooncakes with us.
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That evening we had a simple home cooked dinner at home with the following dishes.
 Steamed white eggplants drizzled with garlic oil, oyster sauce & soy sauce.
Spicy sambal belacan stinky beans and stubby okras. 
Multi-layer petals yellow hibicus from my garden.

But the godly shall flourish like palm trees and
grow tall as the cedars of Lebanon.
For they are transplanted into the Lord's own garden
and are under his personal care.
(Psalm 92:12-13, The Living Bible-TLB)

Thursday 26 September 2019

Chinese Rojak & Vegetarian Dinner At Q Time Cafe, Ipoh

This took place at the end of last month (August). We had friends visiting us and we planned to hike up the Kledang Hill after a Chinese rojak snack in my house. 
 There was a mixture of 4 types of fruits and vegetables such as cut pineapple, guava, yam bean and cucumber.
 I also deep fried a plate of crunchy prawn crackers.
Chinese rojak sauce to eat with the cut fruits and vegetables, and prawn crackers.
 After the Chinese rojak snack, we waited until it is cooler before we drove to the foot of Kledang Hill in Menglembu. This was a snapshot our friend took from above at the little garden.
 After coming down from Kledang Hill, we went for a vegetarian dinner at Q Time Cafe in Desa Rishah.
 This place serves totally vegetarian.
Business Hours: 11.30 am to 9.30 (rest hours 2.45 pm - 5.00 pm)
Close on Monday & Tuesday 
 Photography time while waiting for our food to be served.
 This business is mainly run by a husband and a wife team.
We ordered the following dishes.
 Refreshing fruit drink
 Sweet mung bean porridge (tong sui).
 Deep fried dumplings.
 Tofu dish
 Stewed mushroom, eggplants and etc. in a clay pot.
 Spicy stir fried belacan (prawn paste) sweet potato leaves.
 Vegetarian curry - tofu puff and assorted vegetables.
 Stir fried noodles.
4 people shared the above dishes. It was a treat by our friend.
Thanks to our friend for taking us to this place.
We had a pleasant and delicious vegetarian dinner that evening.

How wonderful it is, how pleasant, when brothers live in harmony!
(Psalm 133:1, The Living Bible-TLB)

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Soft & Fluffy Steamed Coconut Buns

I love to eat steamed coconut buns very much. I used to go to a coffee shop which sells soft and fluffy steamed coconut buns. We will usually order their coffee and steamed coconut buns for our breakfast whenever we visit this coffee shop.
 I have tried a few times making steamed buns with recipes obtained from friends and internet. I have finally managed to make soft and fluffy steamed buns. I started off making plain steamed buns or mantou without any filling. When the plain buns turned out satisfactory, I started to make steamed buns with coconut filling. 
 After kneading, the bun dough was left to rise to double its size.
 Then the dough was divided into small balls and filled with coconut filling. After the buns were filled and pleated into shape, they were placed in a steaming tray to steamed over boiling water.
 This is my soft and fluffy steamed coconut buns. From now on, I can enjoy homemade steamed buns with different types of filling.
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The following photos are for joining various memes.
 This armour suit was worn by the Bugis warrior in the old days.
(Linking to Tuesday's Treasures)
Shields used by warriors.
(Linking to Image-in-ing)
Daggers or weapons.
 The above antique weapons are found at the National Museum.
 Deep pink flowers of the balsam plants.
Orange Firecracker flowers.
(Linking to Happy Tuesday)
Sky aflame sunrise at 7:18 am - this was taken before the haze.
(Linking to Wordless Wednesday & My Corner of the World)

Linking to:

Don't burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame.
Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant.
Don't quit in hard times; pray all the harder.
Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
(Romans 12:11-13, The Message-MSG)

Monday 23 September 2019

Lunch At The Butcher's Table, Ipoh

Finally, my girlfriends (ex-colleagues) and I were able to visit The Butcher's Table, Ipoh Garden South to try their food. This time, we invited another ex-colleague to join us. We ordered the following for 5 people to share.
Crispy roast pork Aglio Olio @ RM 23.10
Pigs in the blanket @ RM 15.75
(looks more like piglets he he he)
Roast pork fried rice @ RM  23.10
Butcher's Big Breakfast @ RM 33.00
Total cost of lunch RM 100.65 (inclusive of 6% tax)
Our friends want some dessert. but they do not serve dessert here.
So we moved over to Secret Recipe in Greentown.
We are all pensioners now.
From colleagues to old time friends.
I have no photos to show the cakes we ordered.
We ordered a piece of the above New Yoke cheese cake.
We also ordered a piece of the above cake with peanut butter and a piece of carrot cake. And 2 scoops of ice cream for those who crave for ice cream. We will be looking forward to our next foodie gathering. God willing it will be sometime next month.

Do not rejoice when your enemy meets trouble.
Let there be no gladness when he falls -
for the Lord may be displeased with you and
 stop punishing him!
(Proverbs 24:17-18, The Living Bible-TLB)
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