Saturday 30 January 2021

Kopisan Lai Fun For Breakfast

On the 2nd morning of lockdown (MCO 2.0), hubby was thinking of his hometown noodle i.e. Kopisan Lai Fun which we haven't taken for a long time. We drove out to the one nearest to us i.e. at Jalan Centrepoint 2, Taman Hoover, Ipoh. We were early and there was only 1 customer ahead of us.

We bought 1 portion of noodle (lai fun) and picked 12 pieces of mixed items (liew). We brought along our stainless steel containers for the takeaway.
A special container for the condiment - curry oil.
We also bought 4 pieces of deep fried crispy fish crackers as our snack.
The following photos were taken before the lockdown during one of our morning walks.
Early morning at 7:20am - birds flying out from the shelter of the nearby trees and settling on the power lines.
They were very noisy as if shouting "good morning" to one another.
Some even settled on top of the buildings.
Sometimes they will take off together, fly in one big circle and then returned to the power line.
More and more birds started to join them on the power lines.
These birds need not have to worry about social distancing or getting fined RM1k for not observing MCO SOP.
The chives in my garden are growing back again after the harvest and is not now flowering again. I will be collecting the seeds to grow more chives.

God is the one who gives seed to those who plant,
and he gives bread for food.
And God will give you spiritual seed and make that seed grow.
He will produce a great harvest from your goodness.
(2 Corinthians 9:10, Easy-to-Read Version-ERV)

Friday 29 January 2021

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner On 1st Day MCO 2.0

It was drizzling in the early morning, the first day of lockdown (MCO 2.0). By the time the drizzling stopped, we looked at the clock and decided not to go out for morning walk.

I went outside to take some snapshots.
Sunrise at 7:02am
For the rest of the day, it was gray sky.
I had walnut and sesame bread which I bought from Aeon Big the day before. I told hubby that I will be eating bread and he only need to buy breakfast for himself.
Walnut & sesame bread.
I took out 3 pieces of the bread and spread butter and nutella chocolate and hazelnut jam on the bread.
Hubby is not a fan of bread, so he went out to buy fried rice vermicelli from our regular coffee shop.
Breakfast for 2 people on the 22 January, 2021 (1st day MCO 2.0).
My hibiscus plant is currently doing well.
I heated up 2 croissants which I also bought from Aeon Big in the oven. I pan fried some smoked bacon and hubby and I had a croissant sandwiched with smoked bacon.
I was thinking of what to cook for dinner when I received a call from our friend. She wanted to give us 2 glutinous rice dumplings and needed hubby to collect from her.
I re-steamed the glutinous rice dumplings, removed the wrappings and placed one of each plate. Hubby and I had dumpling for our dinner.
She bought 3 dumplings for RM10.
Very nice and flavourful.

"Good salt is worthless if it loses its saltiness;
it can't season anything.
So don't lose your flavour! Live in peace with each other."
(Mark 9:50, The Living Bible-TLB)

Thursday 28 January 2021

Fish Noodle Breakfast At Kopitiam Huan Le

In yesterday's post, I took my friends to Restoran Yei Lock, Jalan Kampar for "Lenggong" noodles. If you have missed the post, you can click here if you are interested. After breakfast, we made another appointment to meet up again for the next day's breakfast. We were able to dine-in because it was 2 days before lockdown (MCO2.0). 

Breakfast at Kopitiam Huan Le, Taman Pertama (First Garden), Ipoh.

For 4 people, we ordered 3 bowls of Fish Noodles (rice vermicelli) with wine added. Hubby and I shared a bowl of noodle.

We also ordered the above items consisting of fried beancurd sheet, stuffed beancurd sheet, stuffed green chilies, fried tofu and fried dumplings.

This kopitiam serves very good coffee. We ordered 3 hot coffee and 1 coffee with ice. Our friend also ordered a bowl of herbal tea to try as it was their first time here. Future breakfast appointment will have to wait until the lockdown is lifted.
This bright yellow, bigger than palm size hibiscus never fails to cheer us up even on a day with gray sky.
Simple home cooked dinner for 2 people.
Sweet potato leaves harvested from my front garden sauteed with ready made sambal belacan bought from Penang.
Yellow or old cucumber soup with carrot, goji berries, red dates and pork. This time I didn't use pork ribs. Instead, I use pork with soft bones or cartilage which is called "yuen kuat" in Cantonese.
When it comes to soup, some people will only drink the soup and leave behind the rest. As for me, I will drink the soup and eat the remaining items such as the old cucumber, carrot, and pork. 
This was a no rice dinner.
If we get hungry later, we will have a cup of hot milo plus some light snack.

Be careful - watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy.
He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion,
looking for some victim to tear apart.
Stand firm when he attacks.
Trust the Lord; and remember that other Christians
all around the world are going through these suffereings too.
(1 Peter 5:8-9, The Living Bible-TLB)

Wednesday 27 January 2021

Breakfast At Restoran Yei Lock, Ipoh

3 days before Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0) was announcement for Perak, I took my friends to Restoran Yei Lock, Jalan Kampar, to try their "Lenggong" noodles. This fried noodles stall is located at the back of the coffee shop, so customers will have to walk to the back to order. My friends, both mother and son have not tried these noodles, so I took the opportunity to introduce them to four different types of noodles.

#1 - "Wat tan hor" which is fried flat rice noodle with pork, prawns, fish cake and thick egg gravy.
#2 - "Mun yee meen" which is stewed pre-fried noodle with pork, prawns and fish cake.
#3 - "Wat tan sang meen" which I think is deep fried fresh wonton noodle with pork, prawns, fish cake and thick egg gravy. This is called the dry version.
#4 - I also ordered a bowl of noodle in soup (soup version) and it came to our table much later. That is why I forgot to snap a photo of it.
From one of the front noodle stall, I ordered a plate of roast pork (RM15) for us to share. It was a hearty breakfast for 4 of us that we have to skip lunch.
I couldn't get Google Lens to identify this plant because the photo was not very clear. I think it belongs to the Jasmine plant family. I hope to get a better and clearer shot the next time I see these flowers.
Home cooked dinner for 2 people.
There was leftover taro & pork belly and fish past & minced pork patties from the previous day's dinner. Placed them together in a plate for steaming.
Napa cabbage, carrot, garlic and salt, sauteed and simmer till soft.
2 home made salted duck eggs, cooked by boiling.
We couldn't finished 2 salted eggs, so kept one in the fridge.

This Good News tells us that God makes us ready for heaven
- makes us right in God's sight -
when we put our faith and trust in Christ to save us.
This is accomplished from start to finish by faith.
As the Scripture says it,
"The man who finds life will find it through trusting God."
(Romans 1:17, The Living Bible-TLB)

Tuesday 26 January 2021

Steamed Taro And Pork Belly For Dinner

Lately, I have been trying to spend some time clearing weeds from my garden. Due to plentiful rainfall, the weeds seem to be doing better and growing faster than the edibles in my garden.  

I found this lone mushroom in my garden. It is very unusual.
Instead of an umbrella shape top curving downwards, it curved upwards.
This was 4 days before MCO 2.0.
Hubby asked, "What are you cooking for dinner?" Actually, I was in lazy mode but I didn't feel like eating takeaway food. A short while later, I remembered we had some ready cooked food in the freezer.
I steamed the tub of ready cooked taro with pork belly. It was a very flavourful dish.
To heat up the fish paste and minced pork patties, I lightly fried them in a non-stick pan.
This was our dinner for 2 people.
The above photo was taken at a Flea Market in the year 2019.
There were pewter wares, smoking pipes, keris, coconut scraper, irons and etc.
The following shadow photos were taken during one of our morning walks.
We passed by a few street lamps and they cast nice shadows.
We have been passing by this way and I think this is the first time I thought taking snapshots of our shadows.
We cast long but blur shadows.
I managed to get a clear snapshot of our shadows.

O God, have pity, for I am trusting you!
I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings until this storm is past.
(Psalm 57:1, The Living Bible-TLB)

Monday 25 January 2021

Queuing For Roast Pork In Menglembu

This was 2 days before the 2nd Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0) was enforced. Hubby wanted to eat roast pork and he wanted to try the roast pork sold outside the market in Menglembu.

We drove past the van selling the roast pork (above) to look for a place to park our car. Just look at the freshly roast pork hanging behind the van. They were in the midst of setting up the stall for business.
By the time I joined the queue, there were more than 10 customers standing in queue, some standing in zigzag trying to keep the 1m social distance. A worker was busy putting up the big umbrellas to give shade to those standing in queue. Appreciate and touched by their thoughtfulness.
While I was standing in the queue, hubby was busy taking snapshots.

They even have bbq pork.
Roast pork legs.
Roast bony parts which is used for boiling soup, rice porridge, etc. If I am not mistaken, I queued for more than 30 minutes before it was my turn.
Since I was standing behind this man and waiting for my turn, I can only see his back and his shoes. Looks like a very special type of shoes. Must be comfortable for long hours of standing.
Here is a video that hubby took. He is fast with his chopper.
I bought 2 portions of roast pork (from the rib section) RM50 plus 1 packet of bones RM10 either for boiling soup or porridge. I took out a small portion of roast pork for lunch and kept the rest in the freezer in preparation for MCO.

A prudent man foresees the difficulties ahead and prepares for them;
the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
(Proverbs 22:3, The Living Bible-TLB)
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