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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)
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