Thursday, January 18, 2018

Simple as it is

During the kitchen cabinet reconstruction, we either had packet food or I cooked using the induction cooker and rice cooker.

Few nights we had simple dinner like porridge. Chicken porridge with few condiments.

We had black beans fish, salted egs, prickles and braised peanuts to go with the chicken porridge.

Growing up, I never like porridge. Especially plain porridge with condiments. I were never a porridge person as a girl. But as I grow older, I started to appreciate the simplicity it represents. As simple as it is, it is one of the most outstanding (the oldest as well) of Chinese cuisine.

This healthy and warm dish will definitely warm you up on any cold day.  And one can match his porridge with anything one desires.

My favourite match for my chicken porridge is this (above). So satisfying. So comforting. Really so good to be taken during this cold spell that we are currently experiencing over here. It has been nothing but cloudy and raining every single day since last week.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

On a cold morning

It was last Sunday. A cold morning after heavy rain the day before. A very cloudy Sunday morning.

We went to this place that we had never been before. Pyramid Dreams Food Court in Jln Penrissen.

We heard that the grandchildren of the famous Bishopgate Min Joo kolo mee have been in operation for few years over here. Same line with the Descendant Noodle in Jln Padungan. However one would no need to wait for 2 hours or so over here.

Young man and young lady (the grandchildren) manage this stall with their specialty dishes such as mixed pork soup with vinegar noodle.

Was the young generation's skill the same?? I could said, it was almost 90%. Never the same as the old timer but almost there. Definitely better demeanour than the elders.

The clear mixed pork soup (cheng th`ng) was nice and comfortable (if not equally but good in its own way) to be taken on a cold morning.

For me, I prefer stronger flavour to challenge my tastebuds so I went for the laksa stall next to this Bishopgate mixed pork soup stall. Auntie Goh's laksa, as it was named.

I had a small bowl of Sarawak laksa for RM6. Now small portion of laksa costs more than RM5 in some places. Tastewise, it was tantilizing. Howevet I would wish they added some corianders as garnish.

Bet we would be coming back again to this food court in near future. Next time, maybe we can have our car wash next door while having our breakfast.

Saturday, January 13, 2018


It has been a busy week. So for the reason for the lack of posts and visiting your blogs lately.

I have been helping at my dad's shop since Monday. His clerk is retiring soon so I volunteered to help him temporarily till he could find a suitable clerk.

Dad's collection of name cards

The time is flexible; I could go out, run my errands and pick my children. That is one thing about working for family that I like.

Old cabinet

Then came Thursday, I had my kitchen cabinet torn down. The wooden feature underneath has rot due to water over the years so a part of the counter top collapsed. The part where the sink was.

We are going to do a concrete feature. For time being, I would not be able to cook and my kitchen is a mess and dusty. Could not wait for my new cabinet to be ready; should be by next week.

One minute it was like this...

The next hour it was gone

New bones

That's all. A short update from me for now. Catch up with you guys soon, I hope. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

In a week

Lately we had few shares of Indian cuisine indulgence. Both hubby and myself enjoy the food but the kids do not fancy them much other than roti canai.

There was a Bombay Cuisine outlet near the Hypermarket where we almost go to every weekends.

However there is this Indian Muslim food outlet that is very near to our place. Curry House. The last time we were here was in October. 

But that week where Christmas to New Year Eve, we went there thrice. 

First on Christmas day (Monday), we went there for lunch. Hubby was craving for nasi campur so he had his share of dishes that day. Meantime, I went for Nasi Ayam Penyet. 

Nasi Ayam Penyet

Yes, rather unusual to find Nasi Ayam Penyet in an Indian shop. So I opted that for my Christmas lunch.

Then few days later (Thursday), we came back for breakfast before we went for our beach getaway in Lundu.

Curry mutton

Hubby had his fix of mee maggi goreng and ordered a small plate of curry mutton to go with it.

The kids each had roti telur whereas I went for something different. Cheese naan. It has been ages since I had naan. 

Cheese naan

And the cheese naan in Curry House was nice. Not as cheesy as I tasted in the Northern Indian cuisine in Rubber road many years ago but the naan was good enough.

Something like a thin-crust pizza with cheese on top. I finished most of it while hubby and Jamie helped to some of it.

Lastly on New Year Eve (Sunday), we were back for lunch. That time I went for the nasi campur.

Nasi campur

I had some mutton curry, deep-fried spiced bittergourd and bamboo shoot. Of course, not forgetting the papadom and prickles too.

Papadom and prickles

I think our fix of Indian cuisine would be adequate for time being. Too much of it in one week. We just kept going to the same shop. We break our own record. Indian food 3 days in a week last year. See if break this record in 2018. ^^

Friday, January 5, 2018


First stop when we reached Lundu town was this Happy Seafood Centre for lunch.

We always came here in the past for lunch so no exception this time. The food was good and reasonably priced.

Happy Seafood Centre

We reached around 1pm and there was big crowd in the coffee shop. 

Snacks and alcohol

We ordered few dishes, medium size for 3 persons. However it took us a while for our food to come and the kids did not have the patience to wait.

Lunch time

Our first dish to arrive on our table was fried omelette with onion.


Next was this delicious and appetizing stir fried pork belly with salted fish. So good and flavourful.

Pork belly with salted fish

We also ordered this plate of fried chicken for the children.
Fried chicken

Last but not least, fried cangkuk manis with egg to complete our lunch.

Cangkuk manis (mani chai)

Total bill of RM57 for the food. And we were on our way to Siar Beach Resort with our happy tummies!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hit the beach (again)!

First post of the year but I am writing about the happenings in 2017. It happened on the last week of 2017.

It seemed that my family couldn't get enough of the beaches over the school holidays. We just had our family's first oversea holiday in Phuket early December. 

Last week hubby took 2 days leave to spend some time with the kids before the schools started. A long stretch of holiday from Thursday to the following Monday. 

So after registered the kids in the primary school, we had a short getaway at the countryside and more specifically a beach holiday in Lundu. 3 days 2 nights in Siar Beach. We booked the one queen-sized bedroom a day before and lucky us, we had the room.

The owner was a friend's father so he was so accommodating to give us an extra single bed. Somehow the 5 of us managed to squeeze in and get some space to sleep.

After tossed our stuff in the room, we hit the beach in no time.

The tide was further to the sea so we had a long walk to reach the water. Big waves, cloudy sky, not so safe to play in the water for too long. So we spent most of our time strolling along the sea line.

We got more water the next day when the kids wanted to test our their new Christmas presents. Snorkelling gears and fishing rods. The water was much calmer the next day. And did we caught any fish? Nay. But the owner of the resort was happy to show us his catch of the day.

Better luck next time, my dears. ^^

Sunday, December 31, 2017


The newly completed bridge (Jambatan Darul Hana) connecting Kuching City South and Kuching City North is an unique and latest tourist attraction in Kuching.

The RM35M bridge is a 336metres S-shaped pedestrian bridge in Kuching Waterfront. 

Last month, we had our maiden walk on the Darul Hana bridge. The view of the Sarawak river from the bridge was something. Definitely different from how you view or take photos on the sides of the waterfront.

But it was even more beautiful at night when it was lighted up. Saw few friends posted in their FB on their night walks there. Hope we get to walk under the moonlight next time.

Darul Hana means place of peace and tranquility in Arabic. May the new year brings such to everyone. Connecting different races and religion together under one roof.

Wishing everyone, Happy New Year 2018!