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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Home cooked Yam Cake

On this particular Wednesday evening, the small group (formerly called the care group) meeting will be held in our home. Currently, there are 7 homes taking turn to host the small group meeting. After the meeting, there will be a time of light refreshment and fellowship.

I was thinking of frying some noodle and boiling some sweet drink (tong sui) for the refreshment but changed my mind when I found a yam (size about 600 gm) in the bottom shelf of my fridge. After a friend gave me some homemade yam cake, I had wanted to make one. I bought this yam but have forgotten about it. It still looked good and fresh. So I abandoned the idea of fried noodle and went about preparing the yam cake. Below is the simple way I cooked my yam cake. Sorry, there is no exact measurement.
1. Yam or Taro - I cut it into small cubes.
2. Dried shrimps - soaked, rinsed and chopped coarsely. I used a generous portion of dried shrimp bought during our visit to Kuala Sepetang. Hubby like lots of dried shrimps.
3. Garlic - chopped, fry in about half cup of oil. When light golden brown, take out the fried garlic and leave about 3 to 4 tablespoon of oil in the pan.
4. Tai Tau Choy (preserved vegetable) - washed, cut and chopped, soaked and then squeezed out the water.
5. 1 piece chicken or ikan bilis stock cube
6. Salt and pepper to taste.
7. Ground fried peanuts.

Batter mix:
300 g rice flour + 80 g cornflour + 1 tsp 5 spice powder + 5 cups water.

1) Heat up the oil in the pan and fry the dried shrimp over low fire until fragrant.
2) Add the yam cubes and the chopped preserved vegetable. Keep frying till yam is about half-cooked. Add in the chicken cube (break up the cube) and stir.
3) Add in the batter mix, salt and pepper.
4) Keep stirring until the batter thickens.
5) Scoop the mixture into a greased baking tray and steam for about an hour or until it is cooked.
6) Let it cool completely. (This is for easy cutting).
7) To garnish: sprinkle the fried garlic, ground peanuts and cut spring onion (from my garden) over steamed yam cake before cutting into pieces.
I forgot to take a picture with the garnishing.
Since this is the first time making this yam cake after so many years, I better taste first before I serve it to my small group. So I cut out 2 pieces to taste.
My cut yam pieces. It is packed with yam and dried shrimp.
I didn't garnish with red chili because there was none from my garden.
Served with some bottled chili sauce. It was "Yums!"
Self praise is no praise so have to wait for feedback from the small group.
Yippee! Everyone liked and enjoyed the yam cake!
Whole tray of yam cake finished! I am so encouraged!
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The following photos are for joining Saturday's Critters.
These photos were taken at the recreational park.
These dogs are part of our early morning walkers.
Sometimes they may block our path. I usually give a clap and they will quickly make way for me.
This lone kitty makes sure it is safely out of sight of the dogs.

Linking to Saturday's Critters.

"Blessed and to be envied," he said,

"are those whose sins are forgiven and put out of sight."

(Romans 4:7, The Living Bible-TLB)

Friday, 20 October 2017

Delicious Chicken Chops At Tea Place & Tofu Fa In Bercham.

Recently, a friend from Bercham recommended a nice place to us. If you are looking for a simple yet delicious chicken chop meal, etc. this is the right place to go to.  Together with 2  young people we went to check out the place and we ordered the value set meals. We liked the food very much and a few days later,  we were there again with our friends. It is worth going back there for their value set meals.
Chicken chop with mushroom sauce.
The chicken meat was not overcooked nor dry, very tender.
The chicken dish is served with French fries, coleslaw and salad.
Chicken chop with black pepper sauce.
Chicken Maryland - instead of coleslaw, there is sweet corn. You can request for chili sauce or mayonnaise or ask for the mushroom or black pepper sauce.

A bowl of thick, creamy soup of the day.
This was the mushroom soup with a sprinkling of dried herbs.
All value set meals consist of the main dish, a bowl of cream soup and a glass of hot or cold drink.
The value meal costs MYR 10.90 per set.
There are other value sets beside these three shown here.
We have yet to try these cold desserts on shaved ice.
If you don't want the value set, there are others to choose from.
Picture menu.
Inside Tea Place.
Decorations on the wall.
Shop front of Tea Place.
42A-1, Jalan Bercham Bistari 1, Medan Bercham Bistari, Ipoh.
(It is opposite the Bercham Tesco Extra)
After dinner, we get to enjoy delicious Tofu Fa in Bercham.
It is silky smooth served with fragrant ginger syrup.
We were here at about 8.30 pm.
We were the last few customers before they packed up.
You can find this stall next to the 7-Eleven convenience stall at Persiaran Bercham Selatan 1.
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The following photos are for joining Skywatch Friday.
SW #1
SW #2
SW #3
SW #4
Linking to Skywatch Friday.

Keep a close watch on all you do and think.

Stay true to what is right and God will bless you

and use you to help others.

(1 Timothy 4:16, The Living Bible-TLB)

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Delicious Bak Kut Teh On A Cold, Wet Evening

So far hubby and I have tasted some delicious Bak Kut Teh (pork rib soup boiled with dried Chinese herbs and spices) in town and also one in Canning Garden. On one of the rainy evenings our friends invited us to join them for a Bak Kut Teh dinner in Bercham which we have not tried before. That evening happened to be pouring cats and dogs. It was fortunate that there is basement parking so we didn't have to get wet getting out of the car to get to the restaurant.

We believe that Bak Kut Teh is good for keeping the body warm on a cold, wet evening. Plus the regulars will take advantage of the basement parking to avoid getting wet. Service was quite fast in spite of the crowd and after about 10 to 15 minutes of waiting, we were served with the following dishes.
Top Left - Bak Kut Teh (pork rib herbal soup)
Top Right - Bak Kut Teh (dry version)
Bottom Left - Fish head curry
Bottom right - Blanched lettuce with garlic oil
Close up of the Bak Kut Teh (top up soup no addition charge).
Close up of Bak Kut Teh (dry version).
Fish Head curry
Blanched lettuce.
We ordered from the set menu and added a pot of Bak Kut Teh (dry version).
This is the back door - we were seated behind the restaurant.
Decorations inside the restaurant.
Set menu
Front entrance of Restoran Good Taste Chef Ipoh.
Ipoh Town L8-G & 9-G, Glamour Square,
Persiaran Bercham Selatan 20, Taman Bercham Jaya, Bercham.
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The following photos are for joining Good Fences.
High fence.
Church fence.
Linking to Good Fences.

No, I don't need your sacrifices of flesh and blood.

What I want from you is your thanks; I want your promises fulfilled.

I want you to trust me in your times of trouble,

so I can rescue you and you can give me glory.

(Psalm 50:13-15, The Living Bible-TLB)

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