Monday 31 January 2022

Garlic Ginger Prawns & Dong Po Yoke For Dinner

This was Friday 28th January. These few days, many will be busy marketing getting ready for the Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year. Those not celebrating also need to buy to stock up because most of the shops will be closed for a few days.

We passed by this seafood stall which is only available on Fridays. Just as expected, the prices of prawns and fishes have shot up. Good thing, I listened to the seller and bought the week earlier at a much lower price than these.
I went to collect my order from the pork seller and saw 2 chopping/cutting boards selling for RM88 per piece. My old chopping board has been with me for many, many years and it is time to replace it with a new one. I treated it by rubbing new cooking oil all over it a few times and let it rest for 2 days before I started to use it.
That afternoon, hubby and I had to go to town.
We stopped at the Stadium food court for lunch.
I ordered a small plate of cuttlefish with kangkong for RM10.
The next day at the food court near our house, hubby ordered a small plate cuttlefish without the kangkong for RM10. Both have their own special peanut sauce.
Home cooked dinner for 4 people on Saturday.
Both our sons are now back home for the holidays.
Home cooked Dong Po Yoke (braised pork belly)
Ginger slices & spring onions for lining the pot.
Seasoning Ingredients: Bay leaves, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, peppercorn, rock sugar, dark sauce, cooking wine, & light soy sauce.
Garlic Ginger Prawns.
Ingredients used: chopped garlic, ginger slices, light soy sauce, oyster sauce, & tomato sauce.
Blanched "Yau mak" or fragrant Chinese lettuce, drizzed with garlic oil, oyster and soy sauce.
Saw this wall mural on the back wall of a corner shop.
It is a Mama tiger with its 3 baby cubs.
According to the Chinese calendar, year 2022 is a Tiger year.


Linking to Monday Mural.

Yet you brought me safely from my mother's womb
and led me to trust you at my mother's breast.
(Psalm 22:9, New Living Translation-NLT)

Saturday 29 January 2022

Lunch At Chiang Jiang White Coffee Cafe, Ipoh

As usual, our day started with our morning walk.

Walking exercise at 7:35am.
Hubby and I shared this plate of fried rice vermicelli. The fried noodle boss was in good mood because the plate of fried noodle came with 5 prawns and extra fat and short beansprout.
I had a lunch appointment with a friend and my sister. The three of us agreed to meet up for lunch and fellowship. Our friend will come to pick me, then pick up my sister and then proceed to Chang Jiang White Coffee Cafe, Ipoh which is quite near to my sister's house.
My sister ordered iced coffee.
The coffee came in a stainless steel mug and a jug with ice.
My sister pouring the coffee into the glass jug.
I was tempted to order the same thing but I am suppose to be cutting down on my coffee intake.
I think my friend ordered hot coffee or was it "cham" (coffee with tea)?
Lemon ice for me.
My sister is a light eater so she ordered toast with butter and kaya.
We even had to help her eat half of it.
My sister also order the above fried wonton dumplings to share with us.
Our friend ordered this baba spicy noodle soup to try.
Her review: Nothing special.
I ordered the above nasi lemak with a chicken drumstick, half a hard boiled egg, a piece of papadam, sambal and green. I like the taste of the chicken drumstick and so it is not surprising I could finish all the rice.
My friend Aislynn sent me the following photos of her adopted pet dogs.
These 2 sisters have grown so much under my friend's loving care.
These 2 beautiful girls obediently posed for the camera.

But those who keep on sinning are against God,
for every sin is done against the will of God.
And you know that he became a man so that
he could take away our sins, and that there is no sin in him,
no missing of God's will at any time in any way.
So if we stay close to him, obedient to him,
we won't be sinning either;
but as for those who keep on sinning, they should realize this:
They sin because they have never really known him or become his.
(1 John 3:4-6. The Living Bible-TLB)

Friday 28 January 2022

Lunch At Blackburn Cafe, Falim, Ipoh

A friend and I had a pre CNY (Chinese New Year) shopping date last Thursday. We chose Billion Mart, Jelapang because she hasn't been there. By the time we pushed the trolley to the payment counter, the trolley was filled to the brim with mostly her stuffs. My stuffs took up only a small portion because I have been buying bit by bit on my morning walks.

By the time we carted everything into her car, it was time for a late lunch. She took me to Blackburn cafe at 45, Laluan Falim 1, Taman Falim Indah (near Aeon Big, Falim) which I haven't been to. Both of us opted for Set Lunch (includes drink and soup). No proper food description because I don't have the receipt with me. My friend insisted on picking up the tab for the lunch.

I chose hot lemon tea. If I am not mistaken my friend chose iced coffee.
Thick mushroom soup.
We ordered the above garden salad with Thai sauce to share.
My friend ordered the above (consisting of grilled chicken, spaghetti, mashed potato, fried egg with pepper sauce).
I went for the above (grilled chicken, potato fries, mashed potato, colesaw with Thai sauce). We took our time to enjoy our lunch and fellowship. When we saw that we were the last remaining customers and they were ready to close up for the afternoon session, we knew it was time to leave. Their business hours: 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10pm.
Evening sky at 7:14pm.
Reflection of the sunset at 7:15pm.
Reflection of sunset at 7:17pm.
After a good trimming, my hibiscus plant is flowering again.
The trimming has encouraged more branches.
More branches means more flowers.

"Yes, I am the Vine; you are the branches.
Whoever lives in me and I in him shall produce a large crop of fruit.
For apart from me you can't do a thing.
If anyone separates from me,
he is thrown away like a useless branch, withers,
and is gathered into a pile with all the others and burned.
(John 15:5-6, The Living Bible-TLB)

Thursday 27 January 2022

Fried Noodle, Mee Jawa, Fried Rice & Fried Chicken Wings

This was last Thursday. No morning walk because we had something to do in town.

Sunrise at 7:40am.
Driving out to town for breakfast and running of errands.
Breakfast at Restoran Tet Shin, Jalan Yau Tet Shin, Taman Jubilee, Ipoh.
Fried rice vermicelli with prawn, egg, cockles, and beansprout.
Mee Jawa with sambal. We shared the above.
Hubby ordered Chinese tea and I had plain warm water.
Morning sky at 8:18am
After breakfast, went to settle our errands.
I didn't cook that evening, so we eat out at Kopitiam One Curve at 139, Lengkok Desa Rishah 1, Ipoh.
We ordered 4 deep fried chicken wings marinated with shrimp sauce.
A plate of fried rice (Size: 1 portion)
I was still quite full from my late lunch, so we shared the above.

Remember me too, O Lord,
while you are blessing and saving your people.
Let me share in your chosen ones' prosperity
and rejoice in all their joys,
and receive the glory you give to them.
(Psalm 106:4-5, The Living Bible-TLB)

Wednesday 26 January 2022

Home Alone - Eat Simple

No morning walk again because hubby will be meeting up with his old classmates for their yearly reunion. Just a small group of 5 for this year.

Lovely sunrise at 7:50am.
Hubby's friend came to pick up hubby from our house at about 8am and met up with other classmates in Kampar for breakfast.
On the reverse side - 7:50am.
Since I am home alone, I had a simple breakfast.
I ate some of the above Tambun biscuits with a mug of milo for breakfast.
For lunch, I cooked meesua (wheat noodle) soup with whatever vegetable I need to clear from the fridge. I found some long beans and an eggplant. I also add in an egg to the soup. 
For added flavour, I added a generous portion of chili oil to the bowl of meesua.
This was my satisfying lunch.
Extra long ladies finger plant from my garden.
For future sowing, I need to collect some seeds by allowing one seed pod to dry up on the plant.

Don't be misled; remember that you can't ignore God and
get away with it: a man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows!
If he sows to please his own wrong desires,
he will be planting seeds of evil and
he will surely reap a harvest of spiritual decay and death;
but if he plants the good things of the Spirit,
he will reap the everlasting life that the Holy Spirit gives him.
(Galatians 6:7-8, The Living Bible-TLB)

Tuesday 25 January 2022

Polo Bun Sandwich And Wonton Noodle

This was the 2nd day I hurt my back while gardening.

No morning walk but I can still sweep the floor and water the plants.
Sunrise at 6:50am.
Hubby went out to the nearby shop for his breakfast and I stayed home. I asked him to get for me a polo bun sandwich for my breakfast.
Home made milo and polo bun sandwich.
The polo bun has a piece of ham and an egg.
Tomato plants from my garden.
One plant has started to flower.
Another one has buds.
Pre-CNY gifts from friends and neighbour.
Hubby's friend came from Sitiawan and gave us this box of Tambun biscuits from Penang.
A friend made glutinous rice cake (nian gao) and gave us 2.
We received the above from our neighbour: A box of mandarin oranges, a can of abalone and a pactket of Chinese sausages.
No cooking that evening, so we eat out.
We had wonton noodle in Buntong village. We have been patronizing this place for 30 over years.
We ordered 2 plates of wonton noodle (dry version) with pork strips, gravy and fat beansprouts.
2 bowls of minced pork wonton dumplings with extra dumplings.
An antique motorcycle at the Gopeng museum.
Took this snapshot when we last visited in 2015.

Charm can be deceptive and beauty doesn't last
but a woman who fears and reverences God shall be greatly praised.
(Proverbs 31:30, The Living Bible-TLB)
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