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Saturday, 12 June 2021

Cooking Hokkien Prawn Noodle With Ready Made Paste

At first we were happy to hear that under latest full lockdown, we can go out for walk from 7am onwards. Later, we learned that for those of us under EMCO, we have to wait until EMCO is over (last day 4th June) before we join the nationwide full lockdown which started on the 1st June. 

Sunrise at 7:17am (1st of June).
Hubby went to buy breakfast while I stayed home to make coffee and half boiled egg.
Hubby's breakfast: Chinese crullers, half boiled eggs and coffee.
My breakfast: 2 pieces of toast with peanut jam and Nescafe.
I have been thinking of Hokkien Prawn Noodle. I have ready made paste and there was a packet of frozen prawns in the freezer. I informed my neighbour that we will be having prawn noodle for dinner.
Ready made Hokkien Prawn Noodle paste from Penang.
Ingredients used: ready made paste for the soup, blanched prawns with shells, chicken fillet, hard boiled eggs, Chinese chives from my garden, and dried noodle.
Hokkien Prawn Noodle for dinner.
Our neighbour enjoyed her dinner very much, all praise for this delicious prawn noodle.
This Hokkien Prawn Noodle soup using this ready made paste from Penang tastes very authentic.
Before the EMCO, I went to UTC (urban transformation centre) to settle some payment.
When I came out, I passed by this cat sitting on a cabinet outside the building.
I stopped to take a snapshot. It didn't look at me.
Then it looked like something has attracted its attention.

Kindness makes a man attractive.
And it is better to be poor than dishonest.
(Proverbs 19:22, The Living Bible-TLB)

Friday, 11 June 2021

Shredded Chicken And Prawn Noodle, Stuffed Fish & Fish Head Curry

We are still in the midst of the different types of MCOs. There is nothing exciting happening for us except to think of what we are going to have for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between. Other than food, I also look forward to sunrises, sunsets, and a little bit of gardening.  I have to admit that I am slowing down in my gardening.

This was 31st May.

Sunrise at 7:18am
Same time, at the reverse side.
Back to the sunrise at 7:20am
We still have 5 more days of EMCO to follow before we join the nationwide lockdown. Hubby went out to buy take away breakfast from Kafe Little Nam Yeong.
Flat rice noodle (koay teow), shredded chicken meat, prawn, and etc. minus the chicken and prawn broth.
Shredded chicken and prawn noodle with the broth added to it.
My sea hibiscus in different colour shades.
Yellow in the morning and pink by midday.
A "Fishy" Dinner
Fish (torpedo scad) stuffed with spicy sambal aka ikan cencaru sumbat sambal.
Our neighbour bought these for us.
Fish head assam curry
Ordered and given by our neighbour the day earlier. Since I had already prepared dinner, I kept it in the fridge. That was how we ended up with 2 types of fish dishes for this dinner.
Blanched broccoli drizzled with some soy sauce.
I got distracted and returned to the kitchen to find the broccoli over cooked.
Thanks to our neighbour for their generosity.
Sunset at 7:25pm.
Sunset at 7:27pm.
Evening sky at 7:28pm
I like the clouds behind the hills.
Can you see the telecommunication towers on top of Kledang Hill?

Let the waves clap their hands in glee and
the hills sing out their songs of joy before the Lord,
for he is coming to judge the world with perfect justice.
(Psalm 98:8-9, The Living Bible-TLB)

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Growing Yellow Cucumber In My Garden

I had a chance to visit a vegetable farm once and at that time they were growing cucumbers. I learned from there that yellow cucumber (which we use for boiling soup) does not grow from the same cucumber plant (which we use for salad or pickle). I tried growing yellow cucumber from the seeds I obtained from a yellow cucumber which I used to boil soup. If you are interested, you can click here to visit the post. That plant produced only 1 yellow cucumber because the plant was infested and destroyed by pests.

For the 2nd time, I used seeds bought from a plant nursery. There were very few seeds in the sachet, so I sowed all the seeds. Only 3 seedlings sprouted and after they were transplanted into the big pot, only 2 survived. Their flowers are similar to the normal green cucumbers.

This is the first fruit. It started like normal green cucumber.
This is the 2nd fruit.
It is shorter and broader than the normal green cucumber.
It also has tiny prickly things on the skin.
It started to turn yellowish when the fruit is about 2 weeks.
From the 2 vines, we only got 3 medium and 1 small sized yellow cucumbers.
Cucumber plants are prone to attract pests.
I noticed that the leaves were beginning to turn yellow and there were no signs of new fruits on the vines.
One day I noticed this little cucumber hanging from the lower part of the vine, almost touching the soil.
Daily I have been watching and waiting to harvest the first fruit.
Then I noticed tiny crack lines on the outer yellow skin.
When I harvested the above first fruit, it was about a month old. I used it to boil soup with pork rib, carrot, red dates, wolf berries, and cuttlefish.
Yellow cucumber (lou wong kua) soup.
Yellow cucumber soup is very popular in Malaysia, especially for Chinese families. It has "cooling" properties and is good for our warm and humid weather. It is also high in nutrients and vitamins. A soup good for the old and young.

Young men are admired for their strength.
Old men are honored for their experience.
(Proverbs 20:29, International Children's Bible-ICB)

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Dry Curry Noodle, Nyonya Kuih & Chee Cheong Fun

This was a Sunday in the month of May. We were still under EMCO, no walking and only 1 person allowed to go out to buy essentials. 

Morning sky.
Even though it was cloudy, it was a hot and sweaty day.
Hubby went out to buy take away breakfast.
One of our favourite curry noodle, dry version.
 Messy with thick curry gravy.
Hubby doesn't like mint leaves, so I ended up having all the mint leaves.
Rice vermicelli with bbq pork and curry chicken.
A friend drove over to our house to bless us with her home grown bananas. We won't be able to finish all by ourselves so we gave some to our neighbour.
Our next door neighbour came back from her essential shopping and blessed us with 2 packs of Nyonya kuih and 2 packs of chee cheong fun.
We ate the Nyonya kuih for lunch. We started with the sago kuih on the right because it had coconut grating. On the right is the tapioca kuih or kuih bingka.
Hibiscus plant with flower buds.
From buds to larger than palm sized yellow hibiscus.
We had Nyonya kuih for lunch so we kept the 2 packs of steamed rice roll (chee cheong fun) for dinner.
The curry and chili sauce were packed separately from the steamed rice roll, stuffed bean curd sheet and fish cake.
Thank God for His blessing through our neighbour who bought us lunch and dinner.
Since I needn't have to cook dinner, I made ginger pickle instead.
Ginger pickle makes great appetizer.

We work to feed our appetites; Meanwhile our souls go hungry.
(Ecclesiastes 6:7, The Message-MSG)

You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God.
He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.
(Matthew 5:6, The Message-MSG)

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Yellow Cucumber Soup, Fried Fish & Mui Choy Kau Yuk For Dinner

This was last month, 5th Saturday. Under EMCO, we cannot dine-in, so hubby went out on his motorcycle to buy take away (tapau) for breakfast.

I requested for flat rice noodle with shredded chicken meat and prawn (kai si hor fun). This time they didn't give enough of the red oil. Taste was ok even though look was not ok.
Hubby wanted to buy stewed chicken feet with mushroom noodle but it was not available, so he just bought plain rice vermicelli tossed with soy sauce, etc.
He picked only 3 pieces of fried items to go with the plain noodle.
This was our first meal of the day.
Pretty pink Mexican petunia from my garden.
I harvested the first yellow cucumber from my garden.
Ingredients used: 1 yellow cucumber, carrot, red dates, wolf berries, dried cuttlefish, and pork ribs. Gave a big bowl of soup to our neighbour.
Fried fish.
Almost hidden underneath the generous amount of crispy ginger strip and chopped garlic, soy sauce and fragrant ginger and garlic oil.
Mui choy kau yuk (pork belly with preserved vegetable)
(from our neighbour)
This was our dinner.
I have finally cleared all the fish from the fridge.
The following photos were taken when we visited the Kampar Tin Mining Museum in 2015.
Tin Mining - Gravel Pump Method.
2 life sized female models of dulang washers using dulang tray and water to separate the tin ore from the sand.

Keep your eye on the innocent. Model your life after the blameless.
Everyone who loves peace has a future.
(Psalm 37:37, The Voice-Voice)
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