Monday, October 5, 2015

Give me a break

I am giving myself a mini break from blogging. No worries, I am not going to abandon my blog for long. It is just that I need a little breather now.

I have meant to write few scheduled posts yesterday and today but did not get down to doing them. Something caught up and I guess I will do them another day when my mind is clear.

Maybe I can get re-inspired and rejuvenated somehow away from the virtual world as I think I have been too absorbed in blogging lately. I felt I've lost something important in the real world.

A recent loss of someone in the family reflects on my thought about my priority. The world wouldn't stop turning when I blog or don't. I may have to put this at the backseat for a while. For now, I need a little time for myself and family.

So I am hoping someone would miss me while I'm gone. Lol. Will be back soon!

Taken from here

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Walk for food

Never walked so far distance to get to one place for food before but I did it last Saturday!! And gosh, what a tiring walking we had, all of us.

In conjunction with the annual Sarawak Regatta, this year there is a food fair (Fiesta Makanan Sarawak) in Kuching Waterfront from 18 to 27 September. Where there is food, you bet I would be joining in the fun.

The participating stalls are promoting, displaying and selling local food as well as international food cuisine to the public.

We were there last Saturday afternoon. Parked our car in the car park building behind Yayasan Sarawak, then we walked to Plaza Merdeka and go through old courthouse to reach Kuching Waterfront! Did not want to squeeze in the traffic jam as well as the crowds in the evening as there was a live concert so we decided to go in the afternoon. Some shots that I took that afternoon..

Very Sarawak feel

The main tent

Lunch time

Everyone was filling up their tummies

This was the stall that I came here for!! 

Nasi kerabu all the way from Terengganu!

Kuih cincin

Nasi kerabu with fried chicken and fried fish

Refreshing drinks but quite scary looking at the colour of the sweet sour tamarind drink (right)

There was regatta going on that weekend so it was pretty packed. First time the boys walked along the Waterfront.

Some of the boats

For anyone who wants to take a short river ride

Cute car boat

Hazy day ahead

Depicting the sampan tambang

Magnificent DUN

Craft, arts and local delicacies stalls

Local beads and jewellery

Kuih and titbits

Toys always attract the kids

One of titbits stalls

Of course we did not walked the whole stretch as it would be too tiring for everyone. Nevertheless we got our food.

An adventurous gastronomic walk we had that day.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Handful of Muffins

We have a fun time at home experimenting with muffins baking in the kitchen over the school holiday. First, we made a basic butter muffin. Then, I tried Milo muffins and this time, I steamed them.

They turned out great! Soft and moist. I couldn't be any happier. The Milo muffins still soft even when they cooled down, unlike the baked butter muffins.

Steamed Milo Muffins (made 5 muffins)
3 tbsp Milo
3 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 eggs
Chocolate chips for sprinkle

1. In a bowl, mix Milo powder, flour, baking powder and sugar together.
2. In another bowl, break 2 eggs in and stir them well. Add the egg mixture into the dry mixture.
3. Mix well till the mixture has thicken and no bubbles are formed.
4. Pour into muffin tray. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Steam in high heat for 15 minutes.
5. Cool down and take the muffins out from the tray.

The little baker in my house wanted to bake again so for our 3rd experiment, it was going to be a savoury muffin.

However my cheesy bacon muffins did not turned out as I wanted it to be. Edible but it was rather plain-looking. Maybe I should use cheddar cheese instead of parmesan. Don't you think it look like the Chinese pau?? ^^

Cheesy bacon muffins (made 8 muffins)
100ml milk
2 cups self-raising flour
1 egg
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp dried nutmeg
1 bacon slice, chopped finely
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan powder
Handful of grated mozzarella cheese
Melted butter

1. Mix egg and milk in a bowl. Put all dry ingredients in another bowl and mix.
2. Add egg and milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Gently fold the mixture. It is supposed to be lumpy.
3. Grease the muffin tin. Spoon the mixture into the tin.
4. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool before remove from the tin.

That's it. Our school holiday baking activities. Will be putting the baking apron away for now. I think everyone has a handful of muffins over the holiday.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Miscellaneous Picture #45 : September favourites

Hazy September in white blanket

Durian flowers were in season

My youngest Virgo boy was turning 2 in September

Celebrated Mid-Autumn with mooncakes, lanterns and...

...flying up a sky lantern. Think this would be our first and last time flying this lantern as it was prohibited to do so.

Standing tall

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A good bowl

I have been thinking about a nice warm bowl of Sarawak laksa for few days till I couldn't stand it anymore. 

Last Tuesday the haze was back and how frustrating we were to be confined mostly at home except going for a short breakfast outside and sending kids to tuition.

It did not get any better the next day but since I have been craving for a good laksa, I just got to get my dose that morning.

And I got my favourite Sarawak laksa from Blossom Cafe in 3rd Mile. What I love was this thick, flavourful laksa broth and generous ingredients in one bowl. How I love they added fried chicken pieces in the laksa to give a more tastier bite. And not shredded omelette but half of a hard-boiled egg.

They used to add braised chicken feet into laksa too but no more when I were there.

Now, that is what I called a good bowl of Sarawak laksa. RM6.00 per bowl; what else to complain?? 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Other than this food court, there is another food court in the vicinity of Batu Kawa that we have never been to till a week ago.

It just happened that the kolo mee stall from this MJC food court is operating at this food court every Sunday. The stall operator told us on this new food court.

So that was how we ended up in this food court that is called Megabite Cafe.

The daddy and kids are never bored with kolo mee, so they had kolo mee from that MJC stall that morning.

A friend of hubby operating a Taiwan street food stall there so we ordered this steamed dumpling from him. Not bad. The meat filling was very fresh and moist. The dumpling skin was quite thick but the filling was nice.

I had a bowl of kueh chap as I were bored of having kolo mee for my Sunday breakfast.

RM5.00 a bowl. I would prefer saltier version as this bowl from Megabite was sweeter to my liking. 

The food court was packed with morning crowd and it has many stalls open for business. I believe this food court has more choices than the other one opposite the hypermart. Will come back to try other food stalls. ^^

Monday, September 28, 2015

Vibrant with food

Before it ended on 26th, we managed to visit Mooncake Carnival that was held in the bazaar of old Batu Kawa town on one evening last week. 

This 1-week old Batu Kawa bazaar mooncake carnival has turned the quiet town into a vibrant and lively one. Decorated with lanterns, there were many food, delicacies and mooncakes on sales here. Stage shows and singing were also a part of the carnival.

It is just around 10 minutes drive from our house, so we would not want to miss out on the excitement, right??

Mooncake (or suncake??) in the sky!!

We were there early to avoid the crowd and jam. It was 530pm so we did not see the stage show and stay for the night to fall to see the colours on the street.
The welcoming entrance


The bazaar was a very short stretch so it did not take us that long to finish browsing around. 

By the time we finished buying our dinner, the crowd starting to come in. Oh boy, thankfully we were able to avoid this sea of crowds and parking could be a problem then.

The kids were hungry and could not help but to bite into those freshly made yue tiaw!

We bought our dinner mostly from the stall above to eat at home. Our dinner consisted of chicken curry, yue tiaw, chicken pansuh, ngoh hiang, stuffed toufu, fried bee hoon with cangkuk manis and bak chang.

Bak chang with lots of groundnuts

Very Hakka cuisine with those fried bee hoon, Hakka chang, stuffed toufu and ngoh hiang. As for the ayam pansuh, hubby has wanted to try it out. He missed his hometown looking at this dish but he said this dish cannot compared to his mum's. Mum's tasted better and flavourful. Lol.